Topeka, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Sunflower State Games start on Friday, but Wednesday was the kickoff event for the games.
Sponsors, coaches, directors, and even the 2013 athletes of the year gathered to officially start the games.
The male and female athletes of the year were surprised by winning the award, and said they have enjoyed their Sunflower State Games' experiences.
Gavyn Yetter, 2013 female athlete of the year said, "It is a great honor to be finally recognized. I've worked really hard and I really wasn't expecting it, and it was a really great surprise."
Erich Singer, 2013 male athlete of the year said, "I've been able to be involved with the Sunflower State Games for about eight years. I've been able to be a coach, referee, and a competitor in the games. It's always real neat for me to train and be involved with the athletes that I've coached."