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Athletes Head To Triangle To Compete In State Games

Posted June 22, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Thousands of athletes and coaches have converged on the Triangle for the 2000State Games. This weekend, more than 11,000 athletes will compete in a variety of sporting events.

Cynthia Parker and her family drove from Jacksonville to see some basketball action. She says she is not missing a beat and she is staying the entire weekend.

"We're super-supportive families and super-supportive fans cheering on our boys," Parker says. "These guys are together 12 months of the year playing basketball. They're excited."

The State Games is a chance for athletes to take a shot at tournament play. The athletes range in age from 3 to 86 years old.

Marcus Covington plays high school baseball. He says the state games are a chance to show others what you are made of.

"It's important because it's the first step to becoming a good baseball player before college and everything," Covington says.

The games are supposed to bring in more than $5 million to the Triangle. They will be held in the area for the next two years.