Local officials should make every effort to keep the Sunflower State Games in Lawrence.
Recent news stories have reported that officials for the Sunflower State Games will be considering various sites for the event in 2003. Lawrence has been the host city for the games since their inception in 1990, and it is hoped local officials will do everything they can to keep the comprehensive athletic event here.
It is a great program that brings thousands of competitors of all ages to Lawrence from throughout the state. Along with the competitors are parents, grandparents and other family members and, in some cases, parents and grandparents also are among the competitors.
What a marvelous way to show off Lawrence, Kansas University, Haskell and nearby Baldwin and Baker University, all of which provide sites for various events.
Lawrence officials should have a good, frank visit with Sunflower Games officials right now and find out what facilities they would like to have improved or expanded and any weaknesses they see with the Lawrence venue. It is likely the games will continue to grow in popularity and participation. What does Lawrence need to do to be an ideal host city?
It's too good an event to lose, and every effort should be made to make sure Lawrence, KU, Haskell, Baldwin and Baker become the permanent home of this great gathering.