This year was the final year New Britain hosted the Nutmeg State Games, and the group behind the games is grateful to everyone in the city.
Connecticut Sports Management Group puts on many amateur athletic events across Connecticut, including the Nutmeg State Games, an Olympic-style set of competitions that occurs every summer.
New Britain has hosted the Nutmeg State Games for 11 years. Executive Director Patrick Fisher said New Britain has hosted the Nutmeg State Games longer than any other city, and it has become “like a second home” to the organization.
“We are extremely grateful to Mayor [Erin] Stewart and the people of New Britain for everything they’ve done for us in the past years,” Fisher said.
After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the Nutmeg State Games had a great year, according to Fisher. Its events hosted about 6,300 athletes from across Connecticut. Fisher said some sports had the biggest number of participants on record, including track, field hockey and ice hockey.
The Nutmeg State Games is the largest amateur multi-sport sporting event in Connecticut. It has been around since 1989, with the purpose of “uniting Connecticut’s residents in the common bond of amateur sport and Olympic spirit,” according to their website. The Games host 22 sports, both team and individual, throughout the season, including basketball, archery, lacrosse, gymnastics, Wiffle ball and more.
The other large-scale event CSMG puts on is the Connecticut Masters’ Games, which will host competitions this October and November. The Connecticut Masters’ Games was founded in 1979, and CSMG took over organizing the event in 2001. Like the Nutmeg State Games, it is an Olympic-style multi-sport sporting event, but it is only for athletes 30 and older. More than 1,700 participants, 300 volunteers and 2,500 spectators took part in the 2019 Connecticut Masters’ Games, representing over 22 states throughout the country.
Other events CSMG runs include the Nutmeg High School Weight Lifting Competition, the Nutmeg Basketball Coaches Clinic and the Nutmeg Fall Classic Pickleball Tournament.
CSMG is a nonprofit organization that is funded through entry fees, sponsorships, grants and fundraising events. The next fundraising event is their annual Directors Club banquet on Oct. 7.
For more information about Connecticut Sports Management Group, the Nutmeg State Games and the Connecticut Masters’ Games, visit csmg.org/.