Badger State Games brings HOT FUN to UWP

July 10, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - Hot, hot, hot, but fun it was at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville the weekend of June 20-22.

The warm weather was welcomed by close to 2,000 children and adults who came to UWP to participate in the annual Badger State Games. The southwest sectional includes Crawford, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties. The Badger State Games, Wisconsin's own version of the Olympics, gives amateur athletes a chance to compete in a variety of events against competitors from around the state.

"This is a great opportunity to expose both youth and parents to UWP," said Gregg Heinselman, southwest sectional sports commissioner. When students play on the fields and courts and run on the track it helps to establish a comfort level with UWP which makes a great recruitment tool, he added.

The southwest sectional hosted 43 teams in the basketball competition ranging from age eight to adult. Members of the UWP men's basketball team participated in the weekend in the adult open division. The team advanced to the finals competition held in Madison June 27-29.

More than 100 youngsters ran and threw at the track and field competition which was held on Saturday of the weekend. Bantums (ages 10 and under), midgets (ages 11-12) and juniors (ages 13-14) competed in all of the events of a regular track and field meet. Some athletes participated in the track and field competition while also being involved in other sports like basketball or soccer.

The four fields of soccer was the place to be Saturday. Twenty-nine teams competed in seven age groups. Platteville youngsters made up three teams.

"The southwest sectional helps the UWP to fulfill its mission by working with the community to serve southwest Wisconsin," Heinselman said. "It also brings a positive economic impact to the community which unfortunately is hard to measure."

The Platteville Golf and Country Club was used during the weekend as the location of the youth and adult golf competition.

To find the results of the final competitions held in Madison June 27-29 or for more information on the Badger State Games, go to www.sportsinwisconsin.com.

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