TOPEKA — The 22nd Annual Sunflower State Games came to a successful close on July 24. The Olympic style sports festival drew 8,480 participants in 2011 which sets a new record for participation since the organization came to existence in 1990.
Attendance increased by 864 athletes compared to 7,616 in 2010. In addition, 12 of the 47 sports contested set participation records as well.
“We are extremely happy with the record attendance for the 2011 games,” said Executive Director Mitch Gross. “The increase in numbers is a reflection of how serious Kansans are about increasing their health and wellness through participation in sports. We thank each and every athlete for choosing the Sunflower State Games as an avenue to improve their quality of life.”
The games hosted 47 sporting events at over 35 locations in and around Topeka and Shawnee County from July 8-24.
New events in 2011 included baseball, darts, cowboy action shooting and jiu jitsu. Official results for all events can be found online at sunflowergames.com.
The Sunflower State Games is a non-profit, statewide amateur sports festival for all Kansans.  The purpose of the Games is to provide top-quality amateur competition in a wide range of activities and promote physical fitness, personal health and well-being for Kansans of all ages and skill levels.
For more information, visit sunflowergames.com.