Simplot Games are right around the corner!! Please join us for the Simplot Games Business After Hours hosted by the Red Lion Hotel this Thursday, February 8 from 5:00-7:00 pm!
Then, on Friday, February 9 Simplot Games will be hosting the All Member Meeting at Juniper Hills Country Club! We’ve had such a fantastic response, this event is sold out!!!
Next Thursday, February 15 at 4:15 pm will be the Kick-Off Ribbon Cutting at Holt arena, then Friday, February 16 at 7:15 am is Breakfast with Fosbury and Friends at the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom!
For four decades, Simplot Games has been an athletic institution in Southeast Idaho and the high school track and field community. The Games has continuously been an event where athletes from around the world come to have memorable experiences competing and interacting with Olympians. This year, the 40th anniversary of Simplot Games will continue the traditions athletes, coaches, Olympians, and spectators have come to love about the Games.
As the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event, Simplot Games attracts international competition. This year, the Games will welcome teams from around the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The broad reach of Simplot Games has created a unique environment that combines fierce competition with the familiarity of a local meet.
A favorite feature of Simplot Games among athletes and spectators is the opportunity to meet Olympians. For this first time, the Games will host Harry “Butch” Reynolds, a gold and silver medalist in the 1988 Olympics, and Tyson Gunter, a local Olympian who competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as a high jumper. Additionally, Simplot Games will welcome back Olympians Dick Fosbury, Andre Phillips, and Stacy Dragila.
Simplot Games is made possible by immense community support. Each year, hundreds of volunteers and sponsors sharing enthusiasm for Simplot Games join in on putting on and event that is impactful not only for the competing athletes, but for every person in attendance. The unity Simplot Games brings to the Pocatello/Chubbuck area is undeniable.
“There’s just no place on earth where a company, an army of volunteers, a wonderful university, and thousands of local supporters all come together to create an event these athletes will always treasure,” said Rick Phillips, public affairs manager of Simplot Games.
The first Simplot Games took place in 1979 with teams from just six western states. In the years that followed, Simplot Games has developed a lasting legacy that has touched the lives of thousands of high school athletes. For some of those athletes, the Games was just a starting point on a path to successful athletic careers at the collegiate or Olympic levels.
The Simplot Games is evidence of hard work. Each person involved, from volunteer to athlete, demonstrates a strong commitment to the vision of Simplot Games. For forty years, Simplot Games has been a place of competition and learning and connecting.
“Year after year Simplot Games proves to be an important feature of this community and the track and field community,” said Lisa Woodland, Executive Director of Simplot Games. “We look forward to seeing how the Games will grow in the future and what additions we can make to the event and the experience we offer athletes.”
Come and join the excitement of the Simplot Games on February 15 to 17 in Holt Arena. For more information on events and the event schedule visit www.simplotgames.com,