Missouri Lottery Athletes and Sportspersons of the Year

This summer, 20,501 athletes took part in the Show-Me State Games Olympic-style sports festival.  Throughout the year, 28,896 athletes competed in year-round GAMES festivities, many taking home gold, silver and bronze medals.

The 2018 Missouri Lottery Athletes of the Year and Sportspersons of the Year will be recognized on October 20 before the Missouri vs. Memphis Homecoming football game.

Max Starkloff II

Annually, only two athletes receive the Games highest honor – Missouri Lottery Male and Female Athlete of the Year.  The Show-Me State Games is pleased to announce Max Starkloff II and Wendy Hatlestad are the 2018 Missouri Lottery Athletes of the Year.  Max Starkloff II, Affton, won a gold medal in the 8 & under age group at age six in his weight class for wrestling. Max is a fighter both on and off the wrestling mat and has been wresting for three years and has already placed in numerous state and national wresting tournaments.  Wendy Hatlestad, Kansas City, helped lead her volleyball team to a gold medal in the women’s division, not dropping a set all day in a very competitive field full of future, current and past college volleyball players.

The Show-Me  State Games has been recognizing a male and female athlete of the year since 1994.  The criteria for selection of the Athlete of the Year award includes attitude and effort, the representation of the spirit of amateur athletics and the State Games movement, and overall athletic participation and achievement.


Bradyn Garner

In addition to Athletes of the Year, the Show-Me State Games also recognizes a Missouri Lottery Male and Female Sportsperson of the Year.  The purpose of the Sportsmanship Award Program is to encourage and promote the principle of good sportsmanship by recognizing athletes who embody this principle. The 2018 honorees are Kate Ryan and Bradyn Garner.  Kate Ryan, Columbia, won a gold medal in both the 12-under girls golf tournament and the parent/child golf event. She kept a smile on her face all day and had a great attitude throughout the entire tournament. Bradyn Garner, Jacksonville, participated in his first 3D archery competition this past summer and was one of the youngest competitors in the tournament. He had a great attitude throughout the event and was excited just to be there and ended up winning a gold medal.



Kate Ryan

“We’re proud to sponsor the Show-Me State Games, including the male and female athlete and sportsperson of the year,” said May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director of the Missouri Lottery. “The athletes exemplify what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. By supporting the Games,  the Lottery continues to Play It Forward for the state and public education.”

“We appreciate the Missouri Lottery sponsoring our athlete recognitions and helping us promote not only athletic achievement, but also health, fitness family and fun,” said Dave Fox, Executive Director of the Show-Me State Games.



The Show-Me State Games was established in 1985 as a non-profit program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Health.  Now the largest state games in the nation, the Show-Me State Games is hosted by the University of Missouri. In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me State Games offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun. For a complete schedule of events and more details about the Show-Me State Games, visit or call 573-882-2101.

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