Governor faces off with Missouri athletes
Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:38:55 GMT —
Some basketball players had a special fan in the crowd watching them during the Show-Me State Games Saturday.
Governor Jay Nixon and the First Lady met young athletes playing at the Hearnes Center in Columbia.
The governor even faced off with an 11-year-old in a shoot out and lost.
The Show-Me State Games are an Olympic-style sports festival with more than 40 sports for all ages and ability levels.
The games are the largest state games in the nation and brought more than 60,000 people to Columbia this weekend.
"I've played here almost every year and when we started it was a much smaller event and didn't have the equality between men and women, Governor Nixon said. To see all of these young women's teams from all over the state like Poplar Bluff, Kansas city, St. Louis, it makes you feel proud and it's great to see folks healthy and competing here in Missouri."
Governor Nixon is a former participant in both the Show-Me State Games and the Missouri State Senior Games.
This weekend was the first of two consecutive weekends for this year's Show-Me State Games.