Widely known as America’s favorite past-time, Baseball unofficially debuted at the 1904 Summer Olympic Games and became an official Olympic sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics. It was later voted out of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The Alabama State Games first introduced baseball into its Summer Games in 2006, and it has since seen a tremendous growth in the number of competing teams from across the state.
Organized in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, USA has shown dominance in Basketball with USA Men’s teams winning 14 of 17 tournaments and USA Women’s teams winning 7 of 9 tournaments. Basketball is one of the most participated team sports in the Alabama State Games each year.
BMX has been a sport on the rise since the 60s and 70s. The excitement of BMX racing and its popularity with young people are believed to be a driving force in the recognition and debut of BMX as an Olympic sport in 2008. BMX made its debut in the Alabama State Games in 2010 as an official NBL Southeastern Regional Race. Since 2010, the Alabama State Games BMX race has become known as “Alabama’s only Olympic-style BMX race.” Get on a bike today and race for the gold!
Bowling is not an Olympic sport. However, it was a demonstrated sport used to bring awareness to the event at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Bowling has been apart of the Alabama State Games since the late 80s, and since 2001, the ASF Foundation has awarded more than $14,000 in academic scholarships to bowlers who medal in the Alabama State Games scholarship bowling division. Who wouldn’t want to bowl and win academic scholarships at the same time?
Did you know that disc golf is played in more than 40 countries around the world? The number of disc golf courses doubled in 8 years from 2000 to 2008. It is one of today’s fastest growing sports. Disc golf has been apart of the Alabama State Games since 2000.
Gymnastics events have been held at every Summer Olympic Games since the beginning of the modern Olympic movement in 1896. Did you know for 32 years, only men were allowed to compete in the Olympic sport....aren’t we glad that changed or we wouldn’t have the achievements of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team. Gymnastics has been a staple of the Alabama State Games since the inaugural Alabama State Games in 1983, held on the campus of Auburn University.
The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite past-time. Our players may not be able to run the bases or hit the ball as well as some of their peers, but they have an equal amount of love and determination to play baseball. We want to help them achieve that dream.
There is something about playing the game that lights up a person’s eyes. But for children and adults facing serious physical and mental disabilities that opportunity can often be difficult to achieve. Baseball diamonds weren’t exactly designed with wheelchairs and crutches in mind.
Since the main barriers for these adults arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other athletes. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. The result is a bond that cannot be described. The Miracle League serves children and adults who suffer from any physical or mental disabilities, which causes them to be excluded, whether intentionally or not, from conventional Baseball leagues.
In the 1970s, mountain biking developed as a fringe sport in California. These bikes gave thrill-seeking cyclists much more freedom and the sport of mountain biking was born. Mountain biking made its debut as an Olympic discipline at the Atlanta Games in 1996, with a cross-country event for men and women. We are proud to have mountain biking as a part of the Alabama State Games. This thrilling trail ride will be taking place at the newly built Beaver Creek Trail in Dothan, AL. Get your child involved in this adventurous sport today!
Rugby first debuted in 1900 at the Paris Summer Olympic Games. It was a men’s medal sport at four of the first seven Summer Olympic Games. Did you know the United States is the most successful nation in Olympic Rugby tournaments? In 1924, the International Olympic Committee dropped Rugby as an Olympic sport, until the newly popular Rugby Sevens variation was voted to make its Olympic debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Rugby Alabama and the ASF Foundation teamed up in 2011 to help promote participation in the sport of Rugby across Alabama and to bring awareness to Rugby Sevens as an Olympic sport, hence the name Olympic-Style Rugby.
Shooting sports have been included in the Olympics since the modern Olympic movement. Men’s shooting was one of nine events at the first modern Olympics in Athens. Shooting sports has been an Alabama State Games sport since the mid 80s, with opportunities to compete in shotgun, rifle, pistol and team events.
More commonly known as “futbol” around the world, Soccer has been included in every Summer Olympic Games except 1896 and 1932 as a men’s competition sport. Soccer is also a continually growing sport in the Alabama State Games and was the most participated team sport this year with divisions for adults and youth.
Swimming has been a part of every modern Summer Olympic Games. Swimming is one of the most popular spectator sports at the Summer Games and has the second largest number of events. Swimming has been a staple of the Alabama State Games since the inaugural Alabama State Games in 1983, held on the campus of Auburn University. Swimming in the Alabama State Games has been endorsed by the 1992 Olympic Swimming Gold and Silver Medalist, Crissy Ahmann.
This is certainly not your average game of ping pong, played at home with family and friends. Table tennis has been in the Summer Olympics since 1988. Table tennis first debuted at the Alabama State Games in 2009. Grab a paddle and serve for the gold!
Taekwondo made its first appearance as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics. It became a medal sport at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, and has been an Olympic sport since. Taekwondo made its debut in the Alabama State Games in the late 80s. In recent years it has become a premier sport in the annual Alabama State Games, making it one of the must-attend events for all taekwondo athletes and spectators.
Tennis was part of the Summer Olympic Games program from the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics, dropped after the 1924 Summer Olympics, and returned as a full medal sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics and has been played at every edition of the Games since then. Tennis joined the Alabama State Games in 2006 and since, has been an exciting sport for players and spectators alike!
Track and Field has been a staple of the Alabama State Games since the inaugural Alabama State Games in 1983, on the campus of Auburn University. The Alabama State Games track and field meet has seen support from Olympic Gold Medalist, Harvey Glance, along with support and participation from sports legend, Bo Jackson. Track and field has become the premier event for the annual Alabama State Games.
Triathlon is a multi-stage competition involving three continuous, sequenced endurance events. Many variations of the sport exist, the most popular form involves swimming, cycling and running. Triathlon debuted at the Summer Olympic games in 2000, and in 2003, triathlon made its debut in the Alabama State Games.
Ultimate was developed in 1968 by a group of students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. Although ultimate resembles many traditional sports in its athletic requirements, it is unlike most sports due to its focus on self-officiating, even at the highest levels of competition. This concept, called Spirit of the Game, is integrated into the basic philosophy of the sport, written into the rules, and practiced at all levels of the game from local leagues to the World Games.
Wrestling had been contested at the Summer Olympic Games since the sport was introduced in the ancient Olympic Games in 708 BC. When the modern Olympic Games resumed in Athens in 1896, wrestling (in the form of Greco-Roman wrestling) became a focus of the Games, with the exception of the 1900 Summer Olympics when wrestling did not appear on the program. Freestyle wrestling and weight classes both made their first appearance in 1904. The women's competition was introduced in 2004. Wrestling made its debut in the Alabama State Games in the late 80s and remains an exciting sport for competitors and specators alike.
The Alabama State Games, established in 1982 at the request of the United States Olympic Committee, is proud to offer Adapted State Games. The competitions are designed for individuals with physical disabilities and are based on the degree of ability for each competitor as determined at the competition site.
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