Even though the part of the Show-Me State Games we all know and recognize as the heart of the event commenced its initial days of action July 19-21, there are certain portions of this extravaganza that took place even sooner than that.

Among those were a three-on-three soccer tournament that was held June 1-2 at Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, 65203, and featured fields that were 20 yards by 35 yards. The goals were four feet by six feet, the goal box was five feet by 10 feet and there were no goalies. Players could also be added/deleted from a lineup all the way up until sign-in, females could play on a mens team, but males could not play on a females squad and USSF Laws were used.

After that the Senior Games were held June 6-9 for people 50 and older and, according to moseniorgames.org,:

"The purpose of the Senior Games is to:

Provide an annual physical fitness event to promote a social, competitive, athletic and recreational activity for older adults

Promote and create an interest in lifetime spots, recreation and physical exercise as a means of enhancing one’s quality of life.

Create an awareness of the abilities and capabilities of older citizens.

Foster an amateur athletic network of participants, volunteers and sports enthusiasts throughout Missouri that encourages and promotes healthier lifestyles.

Create private and public support for physical fitness and amateur athletic training."

While the opening ceremonies were July 19 at Mizzou Arena, sandwiched around that was the Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Program July 18-20, which also coincides with the opening action for the younger athletes and, according to smsg.org:

"The Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Program provides the opportunity for 60 high school rising juniors and seniors from around the state of Missouri, to visit the University of Missouri in Columbia and gain skills that will assist them in becoming leaders in their respective communities and schools. Sponsored by Audrey Walton, a great leader in her own right, the program promotes the importance of leadership, physical fitness, higher education and a healthy lifestyle."

The final round of competition for the Show-Me State Games is Slated for July 26-28.

Between the two sessions scheduled events include Archery (3D and Target), Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Darts, Disc Golf, Fencing, Golf, Football (Youth Tackle and Adult 7 on 7), Gymnastics, Handball, Ice Hockey, Judo, Mini Golf, Moto Cross, Mountain Biking, Power Lifting, Road Race/Road Walk, Rugby and Shooting (Muzzle Loading, Rifle and Pistol, Trap and Skeet).

Also taking place will be Martial Arts, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling, Triathlon/Duathlon and Ultimate.

There are also some associated events taking place, such as a Hoopin' It Up Basketball Tournament in February and then another one in March, there was also a 3-on-3 Soccer Tourney in November and there was a Crappie Fishing Tournament. There was also a Pumpkin Fun Run, a MoNASP Archery Tournament State Qualifier, a Spring Slam Volleyball event and a Winter Blast ISI Skating Competition. Details: 573-882-2101 or 573-884-4004.