Time to gear up for the Big Sky State Games in Billings! Summer registration for the games starts May 6. Participants can register for over 30 sports, including volleyball, swimming, softball, and even arm wrestling! The deadline to register online for most sports is towards the beginning of July.

The Big Sky State Games started in the late 1980s with 12 sports for athletes to choose from. Since then, the games have grown to more than 30 sports for all ages and abilities. Its mission is to promote healthy, active lifestyles for each participant. Neighboring states surrounding Montana are also welcome to register for the games. Big Sky State Games is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and is a member of the National Congress of State Games.

The Big Sky State Games kicks off with opening ceremonies on Friday, July 15, at Daylis Stadium. This free event is welcome to the public, who will see athletes run the famous Montana Mile. The two-mile Soaked Run will also happen on July 15 at Pioneer Park. Registered members can cool off while having fun exercising by walking or running the course. It will include foam stations, sprinklers, and a downhill slip-n-slide! Click here to register for the Soaked Run or other sports. 

The deadline for current high school juniors to register for the Character Counts scholarship is also May 6. The Character Counts Scholarship awards outstanding student-athletes participating in the Big Sky State Games every year. It has been awarded to several students over the last 20 years.

Character Counts is a nonprofit organization striving to improve ethical characters for youth. The organization focuses on ethical values called the six pillars of character. The six pillars of character include trustworthiness, citizenship, fairness, respect, caring, and responsibility. If you know a student who would benefit from this scholarship, register them today. 

This summer will be a blast for the athletes participating in the Big Sky State Games and for supporters watching them. Come be a part of the fun and register today!