Sunshine State Games is an Olympic-style festival program created throughout the state for amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels. Florida’s citizens have the opportunity and incentive to develop their physical talents and competitive abilities.
Of the more than 200,000 participants since 1980, many have gone on to fulfill Olympic dreams or championships glory. Thousands more have achieved personal goals and victories. They all have been a part of a great Florida tradition of amateur competition that symbolizes the true spirit of Olympic-style sports.
As we provide Floridians with the incentive to train and the opportunity to compete, you are invited to participate in the Sunshine State Games, the nation’s longest standing State Games.
The State of Florida created the Sunshine State Games to provide Florida’s citizens an Olympic-style sports festival they can call their own. The Sunshine State Games, now in its fourth decade of competition, is the nation’s oldest State Games and is Florida’s largest and longest standing multi-sport festival. The mission of the Games is to provide quality competition for Florida’s amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels. Whether you have Olympic aspirations or are a weekend warrior, there is a place in the Sunshine State Games for you!
The Sunshine State Games is conducted under the auspices of the Florida Sports Foundation, a direct-support organization of the State of Florida. Most competitions are sanctioned or recognized by the Olympic Governing Body for that sport and some serve as Governing Body State Championships or national qualifiers. Over 30 different sports are offered throughout the year.
The Florida Sports Foundation is a member of the National Congress of State Games, a member organization consisting of 29 State Games programs from throughout the nation. The Sunshine State Games serves as a qualifier for the State Games of America held every odd numbered year. The State Games of America is the premier event of the National Congress of State Games that takes place July 27-31, 2022 in Ames, Iowa. Please note that the 2021 Games have been moved to 2022 due to qualifications blockades with cancellations of events throughout the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.