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The Sunshine State Games Will Transform The Palm Beach County Convention Center Into A Palace of Sports

16 Jun, 2017


The Palm Beach County Convention Center will be the center of Florida’s amateur sports universe as more than 2,000 athletes, coaches and attendees will belong to eight (8) sports at the Sunshine State Games Palm Beach County Festival. The Florida Sports Foundation is partnering with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to bring the Sunshine State Games (SSG) to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on June 17-18.  Now entering its 38th year (1980-2017), the Sunshine State Games is an amateur sports tradition in Florida and nationwide.  The mission of the Games is to provide quality competition for Florida’s amateur athletes of all ages.

The Sunshine State Games is an Olympic-Style competition.  The Palm Beach County Convention Center will be transformed into a sports palace by hosting the collection of indoor sports that makes up the Sunshine State Games, which includes: boxing, taekwondo, judo, karate, weightlifting, powerlifting, baton twirling, and fencing.  The participating athletes will travel from all parts of Florida to compete in a variety of skill levels and age groups (youth to adult).  

No other venue among those on the 2017 Sunshine State Games calendar of events will host as many sports, with as many athletes as the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Nearly the entire building will be utilized to host this prestigious event.  Boxing, taekwondo, judo, karate baton twirling, powerlifting, and weightlifting will take place in the exhibit hall (100,000 square feet).  Fencing will take place in the ballroom (25,000 square feet).

In addition to the eight (8) sports taking place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, the Sunshine State Games will also bring two outdoor sports to The Palm Beaches. Archery will take place at the West Delray Beach Regional Park and Ultimate Frisbee will take place on the multipurpose at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  Archery and Ultimate will bring 600 athletes from across Florida.  Youth and adult athletes will compete in these outdoor sports. 

The Sunshine State Games, now in its fourth decade, is the nation’s oldest State Games and is Florida’s largest and longest standing multi-sport festival. The Sunshine State Games are 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.

Sunshine State Games – Palm Beach County Festival – Schedule:

Archery
June 17, 7:30am – 4pm / June 18, 8:30am – 3pm/ West Delray Beach Regional Park

Baton Twirling
June 17, 8am – 4pm/ Palm Beach County Convention Center

Boxing
June 16, 8am – 5pm / June 17, 8am – 5pm / June 18, 8am – 5pm/ Palm Beach County Convention Center

Fencing
June 17, 7am – 7pm / June 18, 7am – 6pm / Palm Beach County Convention Center

Judo
June 17, 8am – 5pm / June 18, 8am – 5pm / Palm Beach County Convention Center

Karate
June 17, 9:30am – 5pm / Palm Beach County Convention Center

Powerlifting
June 18, 8am- 5pm / Palm Beach County Convention Center

Taekwondo
June 17, 8am – 6pm / June 18, 8am – 3pm / Palm Beach County Convention Center

Weightlifting
June 17, 8am – 6pm / Palm Beach County Convention Center

Ultimate
June 17, 8am – 6pm / June 18, 8am – 5pm/ Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

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