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Kyven Gadson to headline Iowa Games Opening Ceremony

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Waterloo native & 2015 NCAA Wrestling Champion, Kyven Gadson, will help kick off the 2017 Iowa Games Friday during the Opening Ceremony.

The Olympic hopeful and former Iowa State All-American will address the Iowa Games Athletes as keynote speaker Friday at Jack trice Stadium in Ames.

Iowa Games CEO, Chuck Long, says the Friday night event will be busy. “We have a great line-up of entertainment and activities throughout the evening.". 

The Ceremony will consist of a parade of athletes, National Anthem, entertaining performances, arrival of the torch, the lighting of the cauldron and conclude with a fireworks display. 

Other performances and entertainment will include Vocal Trash; a diverse blend of environmental performers who have been engaging audiences across the U.S. for over a decade. Vocal Trash has performed at the Iowa State Fair for several years, however this will be their only performance in Iowa this summer.

Also included in the evening will be the presentation of the Official and Volunteer of the Year, as well as a $1,000 scholarship giveaway from the Iowa Games.  

The cost is free for athletes and coaches participating in the Summer Iowa Games; $5 for ages 13 and over; and $2 for ages 12 and under. All proceeds will benefit Adaptive Sports Iowa.

“We’re excited to welcome all athletes, coaches and spectators to this year’s Opening Ceremony. With the parade of athletes, fireworks and a national champion wrestler, the event will be a great way to kick-off this year’s Summer Iowa Games,” says Long.

Prior to the Opening Ceremony is the Athlete Jamboree, which will feature the Food & Family Fair presented by the Iowa Food & Family Project, inflatables, local food trucks, local entertainment from Ames band, Kickstart the Sun, and more.  This event is free and open to the public from 5-7:30 p.m.

Opening Ceremony tickets will be available for purchase at the Athlete Jamboree in parking lot S7 east of Jack Trice Stadium. For complete details and Iowa Games event information, Help us celebrate 30 years of the Iowa Games at the Opening Ceremony and Athlete Jamboree.

The mission of the Iowa Games is to provide sports and recreation opportunities for all Iowans through Olympic-style festivals, events and programs.

The Iowa Games is a department of the Iowa Sports Foundation. The Iowa Sports Foundation is a nonprofit sports management organization that helps develop amateur sports in Iowa and promote positive lifestyles and physical fitness through athletic events and health education initiatives. 

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