The Show-Me State Games (SMSG) is an Olympic-style competition for amateur athletes in the U.S. state of Missouri, held in the city of Columbia.

The SMSG is the largest state games in the United States.[1] The SMSG is a member of the National Congress of State Games and the United States Olympic Committee. SMSG is a program of the Missouri Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health, . The name derives from the state's official nickname, the "Show-Me State."[2]

The Show-Me State Games has expanded from 600 participants in 1985,[3] to more than 34,000 year-round participants in 2014. In addition to three weekends in the summer, the Show-Me STATE GAMES hosts events throughout the year, including basketball tournaments, soccer events, swimming events, triathlons, and a statewide Torch Run. The mission of the SMSG is to provide all Missourians the opportunity to take part in an event of health, fitness, family and fun.


  1. ^ "Show-Me State Games To Host Regional Competition in 2008!". Show-Me State Games. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  2. ^ Missouri Secretary of State - State Archives - Origin of "Show Me" slogan
  3. ^ Roberts, Jet (16 June 2011). "Show-Me Games Win First Place". CoMo Sports. Retrieved 24 April 2015.