State Games Visitors

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

From basketball to soccer, the state games athletes continue to roll on for day two. But the parents and supporters that traveled to cheer them on are still talking about Friday night's opening ceremonies.

"It was wonderful. The kids loved the fireworks and walking through with their city signs, it was great," Biloxi resident Kim Kennedy said.

"When we got here we joined in the parade and we got our children decked out and we were told to bring a sign and our girls actually won first place last night for 'most enthusiastic' in the ceremony for the most enthusiastic so we were ticked to death," New Albany resident Jonna Shaw said.

And the heat didn't stop these parents from coming to support their kids during the soccer tournament at the JC complex. The team spirit was all over, even vehicles.

"Well it's extremely hot out here but the kids are really enjoying playing other kids from across the state," Kennedy said.

A surprise for one parent were the Olympians that participated with the opening ceremonies.

"That was a wonderful treat, we never dreamed we would get to see real Olympians," Saw said.

And Newscenter 11 caught up with one of those Olympians, Big George Wilson, as he was heading to the Juneteenth celebration. He lives in Ohio, but was born in Meridian and is attending his fifth state games.

"I mean when those youngsters came, we marched in with them...behind the flags and then when those kids start coming in on the podium and cheering and you know they have that new spirit award and boy that was absolutely great," Olympian and Former NBA Player "Big" George Wilson said.

So even when the games end, these visitors say they won't forget the Meridian hospitality.

"So we just feel like Meridian is a great place for the state games," Kennedy said.

"Very hospitable and we have really enjoyed our time here. Thank you Meridian for putting this on," Shaw said.

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