In 1989, the inaugural year of the Nutmeg State Games, I participated on the East Region Men's Masters Basketball Team. If you don't think the experience from being apart of such games is ever-lasting to a young person - let me tell you. During that Summer countless young men competed for spots in intense tryouts, and 10 guys who were good enough to represent the region went on to play in the tournament against some of the best talent in the State of Connecticut. We, the East Region, won gold medals that year - as well as a few additional years after that, and now over 25 years later, I still have the gold medals, the unforgetable memories of coming together as a team to win, and the development lessons around getting along with teammates, opponents, execution of a well designed game strategy, and maintaining self-control while under pressure, that I held on too all these years and continue to draw from to this day. Though there is no longer a Master's bracket in basketball, the Nutmeg State Games continues to provide life-altering athletic development, competition, and personal growth opportunities for young people of all ages; arguably not otherwise found in the State of Connecticut. I encourage all young people to give the Nutmeg State Games a try.
Paul Bowles; 1989 East Region Men's Master's Basketball Gold Medal Team Winner
“The Nutmeg State Games mean so much to so many people in Connecticut. It’s given thousands of kids a chance to compete and have fun—what sports should be all about.” - Kevin Nathan, Sports Anchor, WVIT NBC 30
Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the threat it poses to public health, we've made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ShopRite Nutmeg State Games scheduled to be hosted by the City of New Britain in June, July and August. The challenges and uncertainty that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has presented make it impossible for our organization to appropriately plan, organize and put on our numerous sporting events in a safe environment.
We understand that many of those teams and individual sport athletes who have registered, or considered registering for the Nutmeg State Games, will have questions. Our intent is to provide answers as soon as possible. However, we ask for your patience as we work through the large number of details while our staff is having to work remotely under state and local government “stay at home” mandates.
For all 2020 ShopRite Nutmeg State Games registered teams and individual sport athletes, we will contact you about choosing one of three options:
Transfer your registration to the 2021 Nutmeg State Games.
Donate your registration fees to the Nutmeg State Games. The Nutmeg State Games is 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation registered with the State of Connecticut as a Public Charity: Registration #: CHR.0005080
Receive a refund via the original payment method minus any transaction fees.
Please know that we are committed to the health and well-being of our participants and will be taking the necessary steps to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe once we are able to run our events in the future. We look forward to be back to business with the ShopRite Nutmeg State Games hosted by the City of New Britain in 2021.
Further updates will be posted as they become available. We thank you all for your support and hope everyone is staying safe, staying healthy and finding ways to be active during this challenging time.