I’ve heard the complaints (and might’ve made some myself).

“There’s never anything to do here in the RGV.”

Well, that’s certainly not true.  Especially considering that the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) Summer Games 2016 will be happening in our own Valley backyard.

McAllen to be specific.

For 2 years in a row.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you heard that right.  McAllen has been honored with the opportunity to host the annual TAAF Games.

The prestige to host the games has only been allotted to a handful of other Texas cities such as Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Dallas, and Fort Worth.

But now, many of our local Valleyites will finally have the opportunity get an up-close look at this thrilling festival that promotes high-level competition and sportsmanship. ALL FOR FREE!

So why should you be excited?

Well, for starters, this Olympic-style event will bring down over 10,000 talented and astonishing athletes from ALL over Texas.

The Olympic-style #TAAF event will bring over 10,000 talented athletes to the #RGV from ALL over Texas. Click To Tweet

So for all you casual fans, weekend warriors, general sports enthusiast – or really anybody just looking for something to do July 28th through the 31st – join us at the McAllen Convention Center to cheer on all the gut-wrenching competition that’ll be happening.

And no, this isn’t simply a “track and field day” with only a handful of events taking place. Athletes will be competing for the Summer ‘16 Gold in 18 various sports including, but not limited to: archery, basketball, boxing, skateboarding, soccer, softball, swimming, track & field, and wrestling – just to name a few. (click to tweet)

#TAAF Athletes compete for Gold in 18 #sports including archery, basketball, boxing, skateboarding, soccer, softball, swimming, track & field, and wrestling. Click To Tweet

Not that much into being a bystander?

TX-Summer-Games-PhotoWell, if you’re confident you have the skills and hunger to take on the most formidable competition this big ole’ state of Texas has to offer, then register here to mark your throne amongst the gods. (I dare you!)

There is a fee of course, and costs vary depending on the specific event(s) you want to participate in.

But regardless, this is an amazing chance for Valley athletes to really make a mark in Texas sports.  Blow open those doors Valley Olympians and show the world what we have to offer.

Of course, if you’re thinking of inviting some family down from upstate, let them know ASAP because hotel vacancies are filling up all throughout the region.   

Aside from the 10,000 participants, game coordinators are estimating another 10,000 spectators will travel down to the area to volunteer and watch the games.  That means a $7 to $8 million-dollar impact to the Valley.

#TAAF will bring $7 to $8 million dollars to the #RGV Click To Tweet

Now, if you’re not the next Michael Phelps or Carli Lloyd, but still want to be around all that energy, feel free to volunteer some time here.  As events will take place at various venues throughout the RGV, there will be more than enough volunteer work to go around.  Just make sure you pay close attention to the days, times, and traveling distance (if need be) for all the slots you may have registered for.

And if you need an incentive to give a little bit of your time, just know that food will be provided to volunteers from Chick-fil-A, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Golden Chick, Jason’s Deli, Macaroni Grill, and others.

Sports and pizza? That sounds like my kind of afternoon.

Make sure to join us Friday, July the 29th from 7 – 9 PM for the opening ceremony.  There’ll be a parade of athletes, live music, and fireworks.

To get a full schedule of all the events follow us here to the official TAAF site.

Thousands will come down to the RGV.  Only a few will leave legends.  Where will you be?

#taafnation #gotmcallen #doitRGV