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AUG 2015

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com August 2015 11 t SPORTS Talk Youth AAU Junior Olympics Held In Hampton Roads, Va. HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— Fifteen thousand youth ath- letes, aged 7 to 17, were in Hampton Roads for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games July 29-Aug. 8. Competitions were held in 20 sports including baton twirling, track and field, and sport stacking. According to the Hampton Roads Sports Commission, the event is expected to generate $50 million in revenue for the region with at least 25,000 hotel room nights booked. Tulsa Hosts U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships TULSA, Okla.—With 96 teams in 14 age groups, the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships were held at the Mohawk Sports Complex in July. Vince Trinidad, executive director of the Tulsa Sports Commission, said the tourna- ment was a great opportunity to showcase the city as a sports events destination. "We always want to continue building upon a foundation of a great sporting destination." Events USSSA Eastern World Series Contested In Wicomico County, Md. SALISBURY, Md.—The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) held its Eastern World Series in Wicomico County from July 15-Aug. 1. The event was expected to draw almost 400 girls' softball teams to the region, with play- ers ranging in age from 10 to 18. Teams are traditionally drawn from 14 different states as well as Canada. The 2015 event spanned three weeks, generated an estimated eco- nomic impact of $20 million and created a hotel room night demand of 12,000+. Wicomico County has host- ed USSSA events for the last eight years, but growth in the size and scope of the World Series has sparked its expan- sion beyond county borders. The 2015 event was billed under the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance, which was formed by the Town of Ocean City and Wicomico and Worcester counties in 2014. Synchronized Skating Championships Returning To Hershey Harrisburg, Pa. HERSHEY, Pa.—After a two- year break, the US Figure Skating Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships will return to Giant Center in January 2017. Co-hosted by the Central Pennsylvania and Hershey Figure Skating Clubs, the event is expected to draw 200 teams from the East Coast. Held during the Hershey Harrisburg region's tourism off-season, the event will gen- erate an estimated $1.5 million in economic impact with the area's hotels, attractions, restaurants and shops. In other local news, plans at Penn State Harrisburg include upgraded facilities and expand- ed sports programs to give tournament and sports event organizers more site options in the coming years. Plans call for a new artificial surface field with seating for 1,000 or more to allow for the addition of lacrosse and field hockey, and a state-of-the-art track to give the track and field team a new permanent home. Penn State Harrisburg has recently hosted the Keystone State Games, US Junior Nationals Basketball and Triple Crown Baseball. Square Dancers Prep For 2019 Convention In Cobb County, Ga. ATLANTA—Cobb Galleria Centre will host the 68 th National Square Dance Convention June 26-29, 2019. Georgia has bid three times on this national event, with ‰ GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Fat Bike Nationals, which will be held in Ogden, Utah, in 2016, will move to Grand Rapids for 2017-2018. Following a successful debut at Ogden's Powder Mountain Resort this year, the event will return to the Wasatch Mountains for a second time in 2016 before heading to Grand Rapids for a two-year contract in 2017 and 2018. "Fat bikes are emerging as one of the fastest-growing seg- ments in the cycling community, and they're becoming increasingly popular among our members," said Micah Rice, USA Cycling's VP of national events. Slated for Feb. 27, the 2016 event in Ogden will take ama- teurs 12 miles across Powder Mountain's Hidden Lake area terrain. Pro and open class riders will compete on over 18 miles of terrain. The location for the Grand Rapids event will be the Indian Trails Golf Course. "Grand Rapids and the West Michigan area have continually increased in both recreational and com- petitive cyclists. We are excited to have the Fat Bike National Championships in Grand Rapids, and I know our cycling com- munity will come out in strong support," said Mike Guswiler, president of the West Michigan Sports Commission. n Fat Bike Nationals Set For Ogden, Utah & Grand Rapids, Mich. EVENT PB Creative Photo

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