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2014 Texas Boys State: Off and Running to Learn by Doing

Welcome to the official blog of the 2014 Texas Boys State! Here, we will keep you up-to-date with the events and happenings at this year's action-packed week.

To learn more about Texas Boys State, click here.

The program got underway Sunday, June 8, as 920 statesmen checked in to the Jester Center dormitory on The University of Texas campus in Austin. Statesmen began their experience with a meeting in their cities Sunday afternoon. From there, it was off to dinner before the first Texas Boys State assembly in the sunken garden at Jester Center.

At the assembly, statesmen learned two integral parts to the Boys State program: proper respect for the United States flag and the Boys State song. You can see a video of the retiring of the colors on Sunday by clicking here. Click here to see the statesmen singing the Boys State song for the first time.

After the first general assembly, it was off to city orientation meetings where statesmen in each of the 20 cities elected mayors for each. Two other positions elected were color guard and olympiad director. The two members of the color guard for each city play a vital role in city pride and logistics. The flags, bearing a city's name, make sure statesmen are always with their city as they move about the University of Texas campus.

The olympiad directors coordinate their city's athletic programs. It is their responsibility to make sure their city's teams are present for their respective contests, which include seven-on-seven football, five-on-five basketball, and dodgeball. The cities compete at a cumulative level, meaning the outcome of their games is only part of the equation to determine an olympiad champion. Sportsmanship and originality in team presentation are also integral parts to the overall olympiad program.

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