Writer Michael Vyskocil
Photographer Lucia De Giovanni
This summer, their athletic ambitions will star on York County’s stage as athletes unite in the spirit of competition for the 35th Annual Keystone State Games Festival of Sports, July 27-31. As presenting sponsor, York College, in partnership with the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, is offering athletes of all ages access to its athletic fields and the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.
The annual Keystone State Games is Pennsylvania’s largest amateur athletic festival. This year marks the second year that the Keystone Games will call York County home base for competition. More than 50 sporting events will be held at York College (the main venue for the Keystone State Games), the York Expo Center and other locations.
Since its beginning in 1981, the Keystone State Games have involved more than 400,000 participants over the course of three decades.
“Contributing to the Keystone State Games is one of those win-win opportunities that allow us to serve as stewards for York County,” says York College Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia. “The exposure allows us to showcase our facilities to prospective students while providing the Keystone State Games with excellent venues for competition.”
Just as York College prepares students for careers in a competitive job market, the Keystone State Games offer an Olympic-style venue for athletes preparing for national and international competitions. Most importantly, the Keystone State Games celebrate their athletic accomplishments and achievement.