Details for the 2020 opening ceremony will be updated soon

Location: UAB Bartow Arena

(Pending contract approvals)

Friday, June 19, 2020

7-8 pm

Televised LIVE Statewide

About The Opening Ceremony

      In 2019, the thirty-seventh annual Alabama State Games Opening Ceremony was hosted by the city of Huntsville, and Madison County on June 7, 2019. Following in true Olympic fashion, the Alabama State Games takes pride in the Opening Ceremony, which features Olympic traditions such as the Parade of Athletes, the running of the Olympic Torch, and lighting of the Olympic Flame. The Opening Ceremony showcased the rich history of the city of Huntsville and Madison county, with a special presentation honoring the history of the great state of Alabama as we celebrated our Bicentennial, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Landing on the Moon. The Opening Ceremony was televised live statewide on Alabama Public Television and included an exciting mix of hi-tech lasers and pyrotechnics and featured outstanding individuals from the state and surrounding community. Thank you for helping us celebrate Alabama's athletes, the history of the Space Program, the Bicentennial, and the future of the great State of Alabama!


The 2019 Opening Ceremony was

Friday, June 7, 2019,


located within the Propst Arena of the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL.


Watch the full 2019 Opening Ceremony HERE!

Leadership Summit

Prior to the Opening Ceremony, we have a special time for athletes, coaches, parents, spectators and volunteers to learn the importance of academic excellence, good citizenship, responsibility, leadership, and the concept of community.

     Maggi is a five-time competitor for the Emmy nominated show American Ninja Warrior, Ninja Warrior Las Vegas Finalist, two-time Team Ninja Warrior competitor, and two time NBC Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge Competitor. Her athletic resurgence began with elite obstacle racing including the World’s Toughest Mudder placing 2nd running 75 miles and completing 330 obstacles. Before coming to Nebraska she was the California state champion in the 100H, and upon arriving in Nebraska competed in the NCAA championships indoors/outdoors, and was the Nebraska State Champion in the 100H, 400 and Boxing for the Cornhusker State Games.

     She has continued motivational speaking around the country in addition to advocating for children in poverty as a Global Ambassador for Convoy of Hope feedONE initiative which $10 provides meals for a month. She is an Ambassador for ARYSE, a sports bracing company helping athletes and the everyday person live their best life well, and the UNAA bringing the sport of Ninja Warrior to every state and the National Congress of Games Summer of 2019. Previously she had a decade long career at the University of Nebraska Athletic Department spearheading over $340 Million in Athletic Capital Construction Projects.

     She has received numerous distinctions including the honor of receiving the "Heart of Gold" award from the American Heart Association as a long time AHA volunteer and advocate. As a former Girl Scout, she recently launched an initiative with the Girl Scouts of Nebraska for a “BOW” patch to encourage female Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, and Community Engagement.

     Additional honors include being named by the Governor of Nebraska as the "Points of Light" award winner for her dedication to community service.

     In 2014 she was also crowned Mrs. International, spending her year traveling over 100,000 miles to 8 countries and over 30 states as a worldwide advocate for nonprofits. Currently, she serves on the board for Resilience, Heartland Cancer Foundation, and American Heart Association Heart Ball.

     Thorne is a proud Mom to three active children who engage with her often in community outreach events, and travel across the US alongside her.


Social Handles: @Nvr_GvUp Instagram/Facebook , @TeamMaggiThorne Facebook

National Anthem

Faith Monique

Faith was born in Gary, Indiana. After graduating from college with a degree in Elementary Education, she moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 2010 to help a family start a church. God then began giving her passions and dreams that she never thought were possible! She started attending acting school, writing songs, and performing the National Anthem locally. Just recently, Faith was signed with Platinum Planet Records in Nashville,Tennessee as a  Singer/Songwriter, Professional/Working Actress, and a Professional National Anthem Performer! 


Her star quality, contagious smile and beautiful voice make her a welcome addition to our Opening Ceremony!

The ASF Foundation is proud to partner with Alabama Public Television for broadcasting video of the Alabama State Games and Opening Ceremony.

Statewide Television Listings

    •    WBIQ Birmingham
    •    WEIQ Mobile
    •    WAIQ Montgomery
    •    WHIQ Huntsville
    •    WCIQ Mt. Cheaha
    •    WDIQ Dozier
    •    WFIQ Florence
    •    WGIQ Louisville/Texasville
    •    WIIQ Demopolis

Check your cable company or to verify which channel is the APT channel.

Major Patrons

(800) 462.0422
(334) 280.0065

PO Box 20327
Montgomery, AL 36120-0327

2530 East South Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36116

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