Badger State Games Take Financial Hit

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

More than 90 percent of the athletes at the Badger State Games don't need snow to compete. Still, the dry winter Northcentral Wisconsin has experienced so far, has forced organizers to cancel several events, and lose out on the money people would have paid to participate in them.

"I know they definitely felt it with the registration fees from those 2,000 plus people." Shannon Mayerl, with the Games' marketing department said. "We definitely saw the effects of the athletes t-shirts, because they didn't need about 2,000 to 2,500 t-shirts."

This is the 15th year athletes have gathered in Wausau and Central Wisconsin. Despite the cancellation of the Quadrathalon, cross-country skiing and snowshoe racing, more than 4,000 people are registered to compete in the games this year.

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Badger State Games

  • The Badger State Games were created in the tradition of Olympic-style competition and embodying the values of good sportsmanship and the spirit of the Olympic experience.

  • The inaugural year was1985, and 17 sports events were offered.

  • The Winter Games were added in Wausau, WI in 1989 where nearly 2,000 athletes competed in five different sports.

  • The Summer Games have expanded from 17 to 28 sports and more than 18,000 athletes compete each year.

  • The Summer Games are now the third largest summer sports festival in the country.

  • The Winter Games now include 11 sports in which more than 6,000 athletes compete annually.

  • The Winter Games are now more than double the size of the Winter Olympics.

  • To date, more than 300,000 athletes have participated in the Badger State Games, and each year more than 4,000 volunteers support the Games.

Winter Badger State Games Events

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Curling
  • Figure Skating
  • Adult Hockey
  • Youth Hockey
  • Nordic Combined
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Quadrathlon
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoe Racing
  • Speedskating

Summer Badger State Games Events

  • 5k/10k Community Runs
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Scholastic & Adult Basketball
  • Youth Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Cycling Criterium
  • Cycling-Mountain Bike
  • Cycling Road Race
  • Disc Golf
  • Equestrian
  • Senior Golf
  • Adult Golf
  • Youth Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts
  • Roller Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shotgun Shooting
  • Adult Soccer
  • Youth Soccer
  • Adult Fastpitch Softball
  • Coed Softball
  • Slowpitch Softball
  • Youth Fastpitch Softball
  • Age Group Swimming
  • Masters Swimming
  • USTA Tennis
  • Novice Tennis
  • Adult Track & Field
  • Youth Track & Field
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Whitewater Canoe/Kayak
  • Wrestling

Source: www.sportsinwisconsin.com (The Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation Web site) contributed to this report