Powerade State Games Offer Youth Fun, Sports, Volunteer Opportunities
Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets holds the torch, just after lighting the State Powerade Games cauldron in 2015 at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh.
Photo ©Ben McKeown.
Do your kids love to play sports, but turn into coach potatoes in the summer? Consider registering them for the Powerade State Games of North Carolina, which invites amateur athletes to take part in a multitude of sporting events June 4-26.
This year, the games feature 26 different sports: archery, baseball, basketball, BMX, disc golf, fencing, figure skating, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, karate, lacrosse, pickleball, rugby, skateboarding, shooting, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, ultimate, sand volleyball and wrestling.
“The games provide an opportunity for youth to try out a myriad of different sport options, in an Olympic-style format where gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded at each event,” says Chip Hofler, director of marketing and sponsorships for North Carolina Amateur Sports, a nonprofit that hosts games each year.
youth ice hockey competition at the Powerade State Games (photo courtesy of CaptureDat Photography)
Young athletes of all skill levels, from recreational beginners to the advanced competitors, are welcome, he says. Many sports are offered at the recreational level, allowing kids to experience real, fun competition without the requirement of year-round training, while others feature “very competitive” divisions, drawing the best athletes in the state.
Registration is now open, and athletes can visit poweradestategames.org to sign up for each event. The prices of sports range from $7 an event for track and field, up to $795 for an entire hockey team. On average, athletes can expect to pay about $30 a person to participate, Hofler says.
Venues for the sports will be spread throughout the Triangle. A “pop-up” disc golf course will wind its way through the American Tobacco campus in Durham, including the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. In Holly Springs, the Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex, an indoor extreme sports facility, will host skateboarding and BMX competitions. Other venues include USA Baseball Complex, North Carolina State University, Duke University, WRAL Soccer Center, Raleigh Convention Center, WakeMed Soccer Park, Triangle Table Tennis Center, and many area schools, parks and recreation facilities. For a complete list of venues and dates, visit poweradestategames.org.
On June 17, Opening Ceremonies at WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh will feature commemorative gifts for participating athletes, games, music, a parade of athletes and a lighting of the cauldron to announce the official start to games.
Got a teen looking to get involved in community service this summer? Volunteers ages 15 and older are needed at the Powerade State Games of North Carolina for the following tasks and positions:
- Fill water containers, move hurdles and rake pits for track and field events.
- Baseball scorekeepers, basketball clock operators.
- Disc golf hole monitors.
- Help at the opening ceremonies for the athlete bag giveaway and in general; help at the awards presentations.
Volunteers should apply by May 31 at http://pag.ncsports.org/contentPages.cfm/contentVariable/Volunteers. (Volunteers are given a T-shirt, lunch and their volunteer hours can count for community service, Hofler says.)
Region 6 takes home gold in the 2015 High School Softball Showcase at N.C. State (PHOTO COURTESY OF POWERADE STATE GAMES)