The Georgia State Games was created in 1989 as part of the effort to win the bid to host the 1996 Olympic Games. The largest program administered by the Georgia State Games is the Georgia Games Championships, an Olympic style multi-sport festival that holds events and tournaments in about 50 different sports events, each held at a different venue. Known as the “people’s games” the Championships are open to Georgians of all ages and skill levels. The purpose of the Georgia State Games Championships is to encourage involvement in amateur sports.
In addition to the Championships, the Georgia State Games administers other programs, such as the District Sports Festival, Sports Demonstrations, Sports Clinics and the Mascot Public Appearance program.