The National Congress of State Games has announced plans for its annual meeting, which will be co-located with the TEAMS ’16 Conference & Expo. Presented by SportsTravel magazine and hosted by the Atlantic City Sports Commission and Meet AC, TEAMS ’16—the world’s largest gathering for the sports-event industry—will be held in Atlantic City, September 26–29.
The NCSG’s agenda includes final bid presentations and the selection of the host for the 2019 State Games of America. Bidders vying to host the event are Ames, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. The State Games of America is a biennial multisport event that features 15,000 athletes competing in more than 50 sports.
“The TEAMS Conference & Expo will be a valuable learning opportunity for the members of the National Congress of States Games,” said Dan Duffy, president of the National Congress of State Games. “We look forward to working with TEAMS to help increase the awareness of State Games.”
The NCSG Symposium will begin September 25 with a board meeting, committee meetings, regional meetings and an update on the 2017 State Games of America, which will be staged in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to selecting its 2019 host city, NCSG’s agenda includes recognition of its Athletes of the Year, which will occur as part of the SportsTravel Awards Gala on the evening of September 27. On September 28, the NCSG will also host a round table exclusively for State Games organizers from around the nation to network with event rights holders who may wish to have their sports added to State Games programs. State Games organizers will also meet with exhibitors from their respective states during the TEAMS Expo, September 27–29.
“We are excited to welcome the NCSG Symposium to TEAMS ’16,” said Timothy Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel, which organizes the TEAMS Conference & Expo. “We are proud to partner with the National Congress of State Games and intend to help advance the State Games movement by working to integrate the NCSG’s agenda into the TEAMS Conference agenda.”
Each year, nearly 500,000 athletes of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels participate in State Games competitions nationwide, and an additional 1.2 million spectators attend State Games events. The National Congress of State Games Symposium will be held in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference through 2018.