Show-Me State Games athletes have been honored with medals at the games, but their recognition isn’t over.
The Aug. 11 issue of Sports Illustrated, which became available Wednesday, paid tribute to the games with half of a six-page section as part of SI’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Last month, the magazine began its state feature series, highlighting important sports and sporting events in a different state each week. Missouri is the fourth state featured.
The Missouri package includes a coverage story of the games, a first-person essay on Missouri athletes, a Missouri sports poll and a page detailing the greatest moments and people in Missouri sports history.
A 16-photograph spread, depicting athletes participating in various events at the games, also is included. Five of the photos are from the Missourian’s coverage of the games.
SI spokesman Rick McCabe said the games stood out because of the organization and number of participants.
“It’s something that only happens in Missouri,” McCabe said. “The games have a particular flavor in this state.”
According to SI, 40 states hold statewide games and of those, Missouri ranks second in participants with almost 28,000. Missouri trails only New York.
Kelley King, who has written for SI for four years, covered the games and said she was impressed with not only the performance of the athletes, but also with their personalities.
“Everyone was so welcoming and willing to share their stories,” King said.