Fourteen years ago, then-Augusta Mayor Bob Young stood at the riverwalk announcing the start of the East District Sports Festival – the prelude to the state’s Georgia Games.
Young pointed out the city’s progress as a sports destination. The Augusta GreenJackets, a minor league baseball team, were thriving. The Augusta Lynx, a minor league hockey team, had just started to plenty of fanfare. And an arenafootball2 franchise, the Augusta Stallions, was on the way the following year.
“(Augusta) is the city that majors in minor sports,” Young said.