The annual Rocky Mountain State Games, featuring amateur athletes of every age and skill level, kicks into high gear July 20 with basketball competitions at Cheyenne Mountain and Manitou Springs high schools.
The first weekend includes eight sports and jump starts the first half of the annual Games.
The event, which runs over two weekends, is expected to attract 7,000 athletes to Colorado Springs. In 2011, the event was expected to bring in an estimated $9 million to Colorado Springs as athletes and their families booked hotel rooms and spent money on food and other area attractions.
The Rocky Mountain State Games is recognized by the National Congress of State Games, a member of the United States Olympic Committee. This summer’s games will be July 20-22 and July 27-29.
Organized and managed by the Colorado Springs Sports Corp., the 2012 games will offer competition in 34 sports.
On tap July 20-22 are basketball, cross fit, inline hockey, table tennis, track and field, trap shooting, triathlon and aquathlon.
The second half of competition will take place July 27-29 with competition in the remaining 25 sports. A total of 30 venues are being used for the Games.