“It is our vision to turn over a world to our children and grandchildren that is better than we found it.”
– Scott Simplot, Chairman of the Simplot Company Board of Directors and son of company founder, J.R. SimplotThe annual J.R.Simplot Company‐sponsored event has become one of the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field events since it was first held in 1979.
Although the 2,000 athletes from 20 different states, Canada, Mexico and Australia who travel to Pocatello come to shine under Holt Arena’s bright lights, the Simplot Games weekend itself is about more than just standing atop a podium.
Past competitors have had the opportunity to mingle with Olympic legends like Dick Fosbury, our Simplot Games chairman, Andre Phillips, Stacy Dragila, and Willie Banks. The Games also offers recognition for everyone with the Parade of Athletes, a truly Olympic event.
The Simplot Games is unique because it is an open meet, which means athletes do not need a certain qualifying time or distance to be able to compete. Everyone is welcome at the Games and this allows high school athletes from all over the chance to compete and have fun. It truly makes Simplot Games an extraordinary experience for everyone.
The Games are more than a track meet. They have become a melting pot of young, aspiring individuals and dedicated business people and volunteers who grow, learn, and improve while coming together in the spirit of competition.
Each year a small group of Manitoban athletes and a coach are selected to travel to the Simplot Games at Idaho State University.