SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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Page 8 of 165 December 2016 7 t SPORTS Talk range of sports to play with one goal in mind: create opportunities for kids to develop healthy habits. "I think that's where we have the biggest opportunity to improve the quality of life for our residents," Miller said. Miller said his depart- ment has taken steps to keep fees low in the youth sports program. Department staff and volunteers make up the majority of the program's coaches and referees. And it's not focused on compe- tition. "[It's] good old clean fun, exercise and some camara- derie," Miller said. "So it's been easy for us to get peo- ple from the community to be involved in the activities and the sports." Miller says the national recognition comes in part from the wide variety of sports and activities Detroit makes available to children. Traditional sports, such as basketball and baseball, are offered. But less-common activities, such as swimming and rowing, have also started to become popular in recent years. Events Birmingham Nabs 2017 Davis Cup BIRMINGHAM, AL — The 2017 Davis Cup first round match between the United States and Switzerland will be held Feb. 3-5 at the Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jef- ferson Convention Complex, according to the Birmingham Business Journal. "Birmingham was a fantas- tic host for our players, fans and staff in 2009, and we are thrilled to be coming back," said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. "Davis Cup is a unique event and we look forward to showcasing high-quality tennis, while also growing the game in this community. We expect fans to fill the stands and to come out once again to cheer on Team USA to victory in our first step to the Davis Cup trophy." The competition will fea- ture some of the world's top tennis players. It will mark the Davis Cup's return to The Magic City, which last hosted the event in 2009. The USTA partnered with the Birmingham-based Bru- no Event Team and the City of Birmingham to bring the competition back. "Showcasing such a high-caliber tennis event right here in Birmingham is extremely exciting for our city," said Gene Hallman, CEO of Bruno Event Team and executive director of the Alabama Sports Council. "This event will reinforce Birmingham's reputation as being a superior host to a wide variety of sporting events and we couldn't be more excited to once again bring world-class tennis to Birmingham." ► MADISON, WI — After a 10-year run in California, the Reebok CrossFit Games will be held at the Alliant Energy Center for each of the next three years, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. "We think it is a perfect fit for the community," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi told the newspaper after CrossFit Games officials chose the Alliant Center over sites from large and small metropolitan areas across the country. The five-day competition, which had been held at two sites in California for its first 10 years, will become one of the biggest annual events held at the Alliant Center and has the potential to fill area hotels and restaurants much like the World Dairy Expo, according to Parisi. The CrossFit Games, which use a festival atmosphere to bond spectators with hundreds of athletes competing in weightlifting, gymnastics and sprinting events with odd obstacles, will begin Aug. 1, 2017, Parisi said. CrossFit Games General Manager Justin Bergh said officials chose Madison because they think it provides the best opportunity for the event to continue growing as a competition and an overall experience for spectators and competitors, Bergh said. The Games had been held at the StubHub Center in Carson, a suburb of Los Angeles, for the past seven years and drew about 60,000 spectators for the five-day event over the past few years, Bergh said. n CrossFit Games Heading to Madison Crossfit

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