Athletes 21 and older who want to compete in a multisport, Olympic-style event can now register for the third edition of the USA Masters Games (USAMG). The 2020 USA Masters Games now held June 24 – 27, 2021, is open for all athletes in the United States as well as internationally and there is no qualification necessary to compete in the USAMG. The USA Masters Games will be held at venues across the west Michigan region in conjunction with the Meijer State Games of Michigan.
The 2020 USA Masters Games will feature 29 sports: 5K/Cross Country, Archery 3D, Archery FITA, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce Ball, Bowling, Cornhole, Cycling, Disc Golf, Diving, Figure Skating – ISI, Figure Skating – USFS, Footgolf, Golf, Judo, Pickleball, Rowing, Rugby, Shooting Sports – Air Rifle, Air Pistol, Small Bore Rifle & Skeet, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Taekwondo, Tennis, Track and Field, Waterskiing and Wrestling. The games will be spread over 26 venues within the Greater Grand Rapids area.
“The West Michigan Sports Commission is excited to partner with the Meijer State Games of Michigan in hosting these USA Masters Games. We have great experience in successfully hosting many Master’s Championships that include US Rowing, USA Table Tennis, US Track & Field, among others. The participants of each of these championships have found the Greater Grand Rapids region to be an exciting and welcoming destination on and off the competition stage. These USA Masters Games will be no different as we welcome these athletes who have long awaited the opportunity to return to competition.” stated Mike Guswiler, President of the West Michigan Sports Commission.
Registration for most sports is now open as of Wednesday, January 6th except for cornhole, diving, figure skating USFS and ISI, judo, pickleball, rowing, synchronized swimming, taekwondo, and wrestling. Registration for these sports will be coming soon.
Excitement is building as registration is now open and the USA Masters Games is less than 200 days away! Craig Walker, 80-year-old Masters swimming and Senior Games competitor from Redlands, CA, expresses the sentiment of Masters athletes from across the country and beyond when he says, "I feel fortunate at my age to be able to continue participating in Masters sports. I love to compete and enjoy the fellowship of other swimmers, so I am very much looking forward to taking part in the USA Masters Games this year!"
The 2020 USA Masters Games was postponed in 2020 due to COVD-19 pandemic. The USA Masters Games will continue to be referred to as the 2020 USA Master Games and other event-related items will also reflect such branding.
"We are thrilled to be out of 2020 and into the new year 2021. The opening of registration for our 2020 USA Masters Games, which will now be held in June of this year, marks the start of getting past the pandemic and a return to sport competition for adult athletes. Thanks to the vaccine and related developments, we are planning for a full-scale USA Masters Games that will be fun, competitive, and safe!" said Hill Carrow, CEO of the USA Masters Games.
For more information on the 2020 USA Masters Games registration, please visit http://www.usamastersgames.com
About the USA Masters Games
The USA Masters Games is a national sports festival for adult athletes, ages 21 and over. The games feature 29 sports, Opening Ceremonies, VIP reception as well as a Saturday Night Social. The USA Masters Games will take place from June 24 – 27, 2021 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The inaugural USA Masters Games took place in Greensboro, N.C. in 2016 and the second USA Masters Games in 2017 in San Diego. For more information, visit usamastersgames.com
About the Meijer State Games of Michigan
Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan (MSGOM) welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability level and embodies the values of participation, sportsmanship, and healthy living among Michigan residents. A signature event of the WMSC, the Meijer State Games of Michigan is a grassroots organization that relies on the dedication of thousands of volunteers and the support of corporate partners. Since 2010, MSGOM has hosted more than 65,000+ athletes and contributed more than $25 million in estimated economic impact to cities throughout West Michigan. For more information, visit stategamesofmichigan.com.
About the West Michigan Sports Commission
The non-profit West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) identifies, secures, and hosts a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to positively impact the economy and quality of life in the region. Since its inception in 2007, the WMSC has booked 734 sporting events and tournaments that attracted more than 1.2 million athletes and visitors, generating more than $344 million in direct visitor spending. For more information, visit westmisports.com