In 1990, the Roanoke Valley held its first Commonwealth Games — a series of Olympic-style competitions. Those first games included 29 sports and more than 4,400 athletes. Despite the initial success, no one was sure if the games would grow as the years progressed or if the Games organization, Virginia Amateur Sports, would survive. This summer the Games will host 60 events.
For the full Roanoke Times story including comments by PHR Clinician and Games Board member, John Heil,