Grand Rapids, MI – If the chance to compete in Olympic-style events is on your bucket list, then the USA Masters Games can help make that dream come true. Registration for the 2020 competition has begun.
For athletes over 21 wanting to compete on a national stage, the first 10 sports are ready to register competitors.
The list includes basketball, golf, 5K, skeet, small bore rifle, swimming, Taekwondo, track & field, water skiing and synchronized swimming. The rest of the sports will open up for registration over the coming weeks and can be monitored on the USA Masters Games website.
The 2020 USA Masters Games (USAMG) will be held in Grand Rapids, MI, from June 19 to 28, 2020. The competition features more than 24 sports, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a Games Village, social activities and entertainment.
The 2020 USA Masters Games will be held in conjunction with the Meijer State Games – Summer Games being held June 25 TO 28, 2020. For most sports, athletes 21 and older registering for the Summer Games will automatically be registered to compete in the USA Masters Games.
The 2020 Games is expected to draw 2,500 athletes. The West Michigan Sports Commission predicts direct visitor spending to be $1.9 million, with more than 675 hotel room nights booked.
“We proved that West Michigan is a strong sports city with hosting our annual Meijer State Games for the past 10 years, plus the 2017 State Games of America, and we see the 2020 USA Masters Games as the next big step in hosting the top national multisport events,” said Eric Engelbarts, executive director of the Meijer State Games of Michigan, who will serve as the local event organizer with the West Michigan Sports Commission.
The first USA Masters Games were held in Greensboro, N.C., in 2016, with 2,500 adult athletes competing in 24 sports ranging from badminton and baseball to water polo and weightlifting. Participants came from 10 countries on six continents and 45 states.
The second USA Masters Games were held in 2017 in San Diego, where 2,000 athletes from nine countries on five continents and 38 states took part. Four new sports were added in San Diego.