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Sunshine State Games Return to Florida this Weekend

20 Sep, 2019


Florida’s Annual Amateur Sports Tradition, the Sunshine State Games (SSG), returns to Clearwater Beach in September for the Fifth Annual SSG International Beach Games, September 27-29 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.  The Beach Games continue to offer Florida’s amateur athletes the latest innovations and trends in the national and international sports arena.
The 2019 SSG International Beach Games features competition, on Clearwater Beach’s sugar white sands, in Beach Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Beach Ultimate (Frisbee), Powerlifting, Cornhole, Highland Games, Ultra Weight Pentathlon, and Under 19 Super Weight Throw.  The Games are open to athletes throughout the world and presented by St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports & Events, Sheraton Sand Key Resort, and the Florida Sports Foundation.
The International Beach Games transforms the wide Clearwater Beach between the Sheraton Sand Key Resort and the Gulf of Mexico into an athletic playground.  To accommodate the sports involved, athletes and spectators will be treated to a variety of multi-purpose fields to include four Ultimate fields, 12 Beach Tennis courts, 12 volleyball courts, and 75-yard throwing area for the Weight Throws and Scottish Heavy Athletics, not to mention a DJ on wheels. The Powerlifting platforms and staging will be indoors in the Resort’s ballrooms.
Four of the sports will follow the rules of its National Governing Bodies with the weight throw events being held under the auspices of USA Track and Field, Beach Ultimate (USA Ultimate), and Powerlifting (US Powerlifting Association).
Being held at one of the top beaches in the country, the International Beach Games attracts athletes from around the country and the world to Clearwater Beach.  Of the more than 300 athletes who competed in the 2018 SSG International Beach Games, athletes traveled to the Sunshine State from Italy, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, and the Czech Republic.
The Sunshine State Games are an annual program of the Florida Sports Foundation, the state’s lead sports promotion and development organization, and are the longest continually running State Games in the nation, now in its 40th year.
Online registration and competition information is now available via FUSE SPORT.  Entry fees for each sport and registration deadlines vary by sport. Inquiries can also be made by calling 850-488-8347 or by emailing games@flasports.com.
To access more information about the individual sports of the 2019 SSG International Beach Games, click here.
About the Sunshine State Games: The 40th Sunshine State Games are presented annually by the Florida Sports Foundation (FSF), the state’s lead sports promotion and development organization, and a division of Enterprise Florida, Inc.  The Foundation works in conjunction with a variety of local sports industry partners to present the different competitions.  The Sunshine State Games, an annual amateur sports tradition in Florida, is part of the state’s $57.4 billion sports industry that accounts for 580,000 jobs statewide. #PlayInFlorida

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