The City of Pearland is proud to welcome the 2018-2019 Winter Games of Texas sanctioned by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF). The Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Pearland Parks & Recreation Department were awarded the bid in fall 2016 after a lengthy process.

The City of Pearland has been a member city of TAAF for 5+ years, and hosting the Winter Games will allow Pearland to further establish itself within the statewide organization.

Plans are currently underway for the Olympic-style, multi-sport event taking place over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekends – January 12-14, 2018 and January 18-20, 2019 at both indoor and outdoor venues in several locations around Pearland. Between 9-15 sporting events will be held consisting of both team and individual athletes in the youth and adult categories.

“We’re very proud Pearland was selected for the TAAF Winter Games of Texas 2018-2019, a coveted sporting event, which gives us an opportunity to welcome athletes and visitors for a long weekend stay in Pearland,” according to Kim Sinistore, executive director of the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Funding for the event will be handled through a collaborative partnership between the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Pearland Parks & Recreation along with sponsorships and event revenue. There is an estimated economic impact of $1.5 million to the local Pearland economy.

“The City of Pearland, and Parks & Recreation in particular, couldn’t be more excited to host the Winter Games of Texas, and the premiere group of competing athletes. We hope through a time-tested and consistent model for this event, we can continue to build the TAAF legacy and tradition of strong athletic foundations within Pearland,” added Chris Orlea, director of City of Pearland Parks and Recreation Department.

Official registration for athletes including amateurs will open October 1, 2017, for more information visit www.taaf.com