About

About

The Cowboy State Games is a member of the National Congress of State Games.

In 1986, the Cowboy State Games were created and were run successfully for two-years in Cheyenne, Wyoming by Dr. Mark Rinne. In 1988, the Games were moved to Casper and were focused more on the Winter Games.

The Games were operated successfully for 19-years by Ms. Eileen Ford until 2007. During their run, the Games at one time had more than 5,000 competing athletes each year. In conversation with people throughout Wyoming, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t have a connection to the Games. Most reflect to when they played when they were a kid.

Born from an intense desire to compete, Shawn Powell and others resurrected the Games as the Wyoming State Games in 2014. Operating on a shoestring budget the games were able to provide opportunities in limited sports. Relying solely on entry fees and discounted venue costs, the Games lived until 2017.

By request and in agreement with the organizers of the Wyoming State Games, the Casper Sports Alliance assumed the role of the organizer of the Games in the Fall of 2016.

Immediately, there was a return to the original name and The Cowboy State Games returned in 2017!

The State Games are a part of the National Congress of State Games (NCSG) which has more than 33 member states. Three of the states are developing nation states – Wyoming is one of them. These Games are widely recognized as each State’s Olympic style Games. As a State that’s interested in promoting a healthy lifestyle for its citizens, most states support and use the Games to promote that agenda.

As we look toward the next five years, the Cowboy State Games will be looking to reach the level of 5,000 athletes competing in the Games each year. We plan to provide as many sports as we have the ability to host.

Medalists from our applicable Games are able to compete in the State Games of America during odd-years.

History

Past and Present State Games Directors

Dr. Mark Rinne – Cowboy State Games Director 1986 – 1987

Mr. Jim Hill – Cowboy State Games Director 1987 – 1989

Ms. Eileen Ford – Cowboy State Games Director – 1989 – 2007

Mr. Shawn Powell – Wyoming State Games Director – 2013 – 2016

Mr. John Giantonio – Cowboy State Games Director – 2017

Our Sponsors

Without the support of our sponsors, the Cowboy State Games will not happen! We are grateful to our sponsors for what they have done to move
the Games forward. What does it take to put the Games on each year? The price tag ranges up to $150,000.00 annually. This is why our sponsors
mean so much to us and why we go above and beyond to deliver on their sponsorship.

Join us as a sponsor and make a difference in Wyoming!  Feel free to contact me – John Giantonio – to find out how you or your business can show support of the Cowboy State Games!

Natrona County Travel & Tourism Council
The Cowboy State Games are brought to you, in part, by the Natrona County Lodger’s Tax.  Without the support of the Natrona County
Travel and Tourism Council, the Cowboy State Games would not exist.  We are grateful to the NCTTC for their support.

Visit Casper – Casper Area Convention & Visitors Bureau – has been instrumental in bringing the Cowboy State Games back to life! Without their support, the Games would not exist. We want to thank Visit Casper, the Board of Directors and Staff for their support!

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative.  Visit Danielsfund.org to learn more.

The Casper Sports Alliance has taken on the role of managing all the games.

The city of Rock Springs and the Rock Springs Parks and Recreation Department are supporting the Cowboy State Games – Chumash Championship!

Thank you for your support of the Cowboy State Games!

Ridley’s East in Casper, Wyoming has generously donated lunch for the Cowboy State Games – Pickleball Championship on Saturday October 21, 2107.

Thank you for your generous contribution to the Cowboy State Games!

Smith’s Food & Drug stores has generously donated lunch for the Cowboy State Games – Pickleball Championship on Saturday October 21, 2107.

Thank you for your generous contribution to the Cowboy State Games!

Pizza Ranch in Casper, Wyoming – 5011 E 2nd St, Casper, WY 82609 – generously donated lunch for the Cowboy State Games – Pickleball Championship on Sunday October 22, 2107.

Thank you for your generous contribution to the Cowboy State Games!

Thank you for your generous contribution to the Cowboy State Games!

“AARP’ promotes health and wellness for of all our state’s citizens, but especially those 50 and older,” says AARP State Director Sam Shumway. “We are proud to be a sponsor of the Cowboy State Games, and wish the athletes safe and successful competition.” Thank you for your generous contribution to the Cowboy State Games!

Casper Star Tribune Communications has made it easier for us to reach you.

Thank you for your generous contribution to the Cowboy State Games!

Dedicated to increasing the potential in other by providing grants to non-profit organizations that encourage spiritual, educational and humanitarian growth. Thank you for your generous contribution to the Cowboy State Games!