TAAF TRACK

While some believe that the summer represents a time for high school athletes to take some time off for rest and relaxation, that is not the case for a number of those competitors.

The time away from school opens the door for athletes in all sports to explore other opportunities, many of which include club and select teams traveling the country—and sometimes, the world—to hone their craft competing against the best.

But many athletes prefer to stay closer to home and the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Summer Games of Texas offers them that opportunity.

TAAF is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1925 to promote, organize and conduct amateur athletics in Texas and the TAAF Summer Games of Texas has been held since 1986 at various sites around Texas.

Of course, last year was an aberration, as the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year, the show is back on, as the 2021 Summer Games of Texas are scheduled for July 29-Aug. 1 in Corpus Christi.

The multi-sport festival is estimated to attract more than 10,000 athletes from around the state.

Athletes will compete in regional tournaments and meets around the state in the coming weeks to try to earn qualifying berths to the event, including Region 7, which serves most of North Texas and its member cities include Mesquite, Rowlett, Sachse, Frisco and Garland.

The Region 7 track and field meet is scheduled for July 15-17 in Greenville, while the swimming competition is slated for July 17 in Frisco.

While a bulk of the participants compete in track and field and swimming, the four-day event also includes baseball, beach volleyball, boxing, disc golf, flag football, golf, pickleball, sand volleyball, soccer, tennis and water polo.

A majority of the athletes are boys and girls ages 5-18, but there are adult divisions offered in several sports, as well.

For continued coverage on the local sports scene, follow Devin Hasson on Twitter: @DevinHasson

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