The Inaugural Alabama State Games competition in 1983 was held in Auburn, Alabama and featured 600 athletes competing in four different sports. In 2012, ASF Foundation's 30th Anniversary State Games showcased more than 6,000 athletes competing in 25 different sports and over 100 sporting events, making in the state's largest annual multi-sport event for youth and adults. The Alabama State Games are part of a nationwide network of state games with a national organization called the National Congress of State Games (NCSG). The NCSG is a membership organization comprised of 35 plus Summer State Games and 10 Winter State Games organizations and a member of the United States Olympic Committee's Multi Sport Organizational Council. The mission of the NCSG is to support State Games member organizations in the promotion of health, fitness and character building through multi-sport competitions and physical activities. The NCSG was created in 1986, to server as the official association of the State Games Organizations.The state games programs began in the early 1980s as part of a grass root effort to get more athletes involved and aware of olympic sports and to encourage them to possibly pursue participating in the Olympic Games.