The California State Games are celebrating its 25th anniversary in style this weekend in San Diego County as 10,000 athletes of all ages and ability levels strive to compete for gold medals in 22 sports.
Events kicked off Thursday and will run through Sunday at venues all over the county.
Sports include archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, BMX, bowling, junior lifeguards, judo, karate, powerlifting, rugby, soccer, skateboarding, softball, surfing, swimming, track and field, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.
South County venues for this weekend’s events include the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista Community Park and the Montevalle and Salt Creek Rec Centers for soccer (Saturday and Sunday), the CV-OTC for archery (Saturday), Discovery Park for softball (Friday through Sunday) and Mater Dei Catholic High School for wrestling (Saturday).
The torch-lighting ceremony and parade of athletes will take place Friday, July 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium. KUSI-TV sports anchor Paul Rudy will serve as master of ceremonies. Fireworks and a pogo stick stunt performance will also help entertain fans. Tickets for non-athletes are $10 and a parking fee of $5 will be charged per vehicle.
State Games athletes and coaches will be recognized on the field prior to the San Diego Padres’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, July 13, at Petco Park.
Soccer finals will take place Sunday at all four competition sites. The 14U softball division will take place in its entirety at Discovery Park, with the championship game set Sunday at 1:15 p.m.
Schedules are available at www.calstategames.org. Call 223-2033 for more information