TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Sports Foundation, the official sports promotion and development organization for the State of Florida, presents the 2023 Sunshine State Games, beginning with a new partnership, the Beach N Boards Fest in March in Brevard County.
Registration opens on Wednesday, February 1 for a variety of sports (Archery, Artistic Swimming, Canoe/Kayak, Fencing, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Ultimate) at www.sunshinestategames.com. Check the individual sport pages for competition and registration information.
The 11th Annual Beach N Boards Fest, features water sports on boards and on the beach, in Cocoa Beach and surrounding areas.
The 44th Annual Sunshine State Games also features its mainstay of Olympic sports, many of which have begun the careers of Olympic athletes from Florida. Justin Gatlin, a sprinter from Pensacola, Ashleigh Johnson, a water polo player from Miami and swimmer Ryan Lochte, from Daytona Beach, all began their journey to Olympic gold in the Sunshine State Games.
“The long-standing tradition of the Sunshine State Games is to provide a path for Florida’s amateur athletes to advance to national and international competitions,” said Florida Sports Foundation President/CEO, Angela Suggs. “We hope the 2023 Sunshine State Games calendar has some athletes involved with aspirations for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.”
On the current calendar of events, 20 sports will be contested in Alachua, Broward, Charlotte and Polk Counties. Charlotte County is new to the Sunshine State Games host communities and offers Pickleball and Canoe/Kayak, the weekend of June 2-4.
Competition and registration information can be found at the individual sports pages of www.sunshinestategames.com or by going directly to the registration page at https://sunshinestate.
The Sunshine State Games dates back to 1980 and the inaugural event in Gainesville. Since that time, more than 60 sports have appeared on the annual calendar of events.
2023 Sunshine State Games Calendar of Events
Schedule Subject to Change
March 8-12, 2023
Beach N Board Fest SSG, Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach, More information at https://beachnboardsfest.com
April 8-9, 2023
Sunshine State Games AAU Volleyball, Game Point Event Center, Orlando
May 14, 2023
Sunshine State Games Artistic Roller-skating, Semoran Skateway, Casselberry
May 19-21, 2023
Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championship, Florida Panthers Ice Den, Coral Springs
May 28, 2023
Sunshine State Games Track and Field Championships, Cypress Creek High School, Wesley Chapel
June, Date TBA
Swimming, Dwight H. Hunter Northeast Pool, Gainesville
June 2-4, 2023
Pickleball, PicklePlex, Punta Gorda
June 3-4, 2023
Canoe/Kayak, Port Charlotte Beach Park (Registration available February 1)
June 9-11, 2023
Artistic Swimming, Location TBA, Gainesville, (Registration available February 1)
June 10- 11, 2023
Archery, Easton-Newberry Archery Center and Gator Bowman Archery Range, Gainesville, (Registration available, February 1)
June 10-11, 2023
Fencing, Legacy Park Multipurpose Center, Alachua (Registration available, February 1)
June 10-11, 2023
Ultimate, Jonesville Soccer Park, Gainesville (Registration available, February 1)
June 17, 2023
Judo, Polk State College, Winter Haven
June 17-18, 2023
Taekwondo, Auburndale Community Center, Auburndale (Registration available, February 1)
Table Tennis, Simpson Park Community Center, Lakeland (Registration available, February 1)
June 24, 2023
Powerlifting, Lift District Fitness Center, Margate
Sunshine State Games Water Polo Championship, Date and Location TBD
Artistic Roller-Skating, Beach N Boards Fest, Figure Skating, Track and Field and Volleyball will have separate registration. Look for more information on those sports pages at www.sunshinestategames.com.
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