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Posted on: February 22, 2021

GAME ON!

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Jan. 15, 2021) – The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce registration has opened for the 2021 Georgia Police & Fire Games, slated for June 20-26 at various venues across Gainesville-Hall County.

“Since we learned Gainesville was selected to host the 2021-22 Georgia Police & Fire Games, city and Hall County personnel have been working together to ensure activities slated June 20-26 awaken in athletes a renewed spirit for the games and hunger for friendly competition,” said Gainesville Tourism Director Robyn Lynch. “City and county staff, as well as volunteers, hope to make the 2021 games fun and memorable, especially with the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 games due to the coronavirus pandemic. We want to put on an event that’s not only successful, but one that prompts athletes and spectators to think ‘This was worth the wait’.”

The city announced in April 2020 it was chosen to host the 2021 and 2022 week-long event, which draws competitors from every corner of the state whose careers have been devoted to public safety. The Georgia Police & Fire Games are open to all salaried law enforcement officers and firefighters, active or retired, from any U.S. state.

“We look forward to bringing the games back to Gainesville-Hall County,” said Georgia Police & Fire Games Executive Director James Perry. “The response and support we received when there years ago has not been forgotten, and we know Gainesville-Hall County will again excel in hosting the event.”

The 2021 event schedule features challenges, including but not limited to, a 5K race, Tactical Drone Ops and flag football; to a bass-fishing tournament, CrossFit and archery. Athletes can sign up for more traditional competitions such as golf, basketball or tennis, or try their hand at more daring activities, like the Sniper Competition/Long Range Rifle, Pistol Match and Motorcycle Rodeo categories. By the end of it, the city will have also announced winners in the Toughest Cop, Toughest Firefighter and Toughest Competitor categories.

Residents and visitors should plan to support the men and women who serve their city, county and state as they go head to head in friendly competition during the games, details for which can be found at gapoliceandfiregames.com/events-schedule.

To register for the 2021 Georgia Police & Fire Games, and to confirm your eligibility, visit gapoliceandfiregames.com.

Those interested in volunteering for the Georgia Police & Fire Games or becoming an event sponsor may contact Lynch by calling 770-297-5499.

About the Georgia Police & Fire Games

The Georgia Police & Fire Games were established in 1984 in Carrollton to recognize and honor those who work full time in the profession of law enforcement and/or firefighting. The first Georgia Police & Fire Games was held in June 1985 and since then, has rotated throughout the state every two years, bringing a positive economic impact to the host city/town during the full week of competition. Since 1985, the games have grown from less than 300 participants to over 1,000 participants, with interest growing every year. To learn more about the history behind the Georgia Police & Fire Games, visit gapoliceandfiregames.com/history.

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