Thousands of amateur athletes from across the state are in Bryan and College Station this weekend competing in the Games of Texas. The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation has organized the event for the last 30 years, but it's the first time Texas A&M has hosted the activities.
More than 20-thousand people are expected at the Games of Texas event already underway in Bryan-College Station. Gerry Logan with the City of College Station Parks & Recreation says, "It's the youth and adults Summer Olympics for the state of Texas."
86-hundred athletes from five to 50 years old are participating in various sports in hopes of getting a medal. A style of competition that mirrors the Olympic Games.
Boxing fans cheered two fighters on as they went toe to toe in the ring at the the College Station Hilton & Conference Center. 23 year old Ivan Alvarez, from the East Texas town of Diboll, is competing hoping to someday make it as professional boxer. He says, 'That would be lovely. The odds are hard, but the sky's the limit."
The Games of Texas events continue through Monday, August 4th.