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AUG 2017

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August 2017 10 www . sportseventsmagazine . com Industry Fuse Dance Champion- ships Return to Kentucky COVINGTON, Ky. — The Northern Kentucky Convention Center will host the Fuse Dance Championships and Grand National Cheer Championships for five years beginning in 2018, according to the Cincinnati USA Sports Commission. The event fea- tures cheer and dance compe- titions. "Northern Kentucky Convention Center is an excellent location to host this new event. All of our hotels, restaurants and attractions will look forward to wel- coming these competitors to Northern Kentucky," said Eric Summe, president and CEO of meetNKY. USA Sports Production, a leader in the design, organiza- tion and production of gym- nastics and cheer and dance competitions across the coun- try, will produce these events. All teams and team members will participate in an Olympic- style awards ceremony with teams and team members winning trophies, banners and medals. "We are pleased to host this new youth national event in Northern Kentucky with our great partner, meetNKY. We know that these athletes will have a top-notch event produced by USA Sports Productions and the guests will enjoy themselves while they are in our area," said Executive Director Leslie Spencer, Cincinnati USA Sports Commission. "We are excited to bring the event to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. We have a great relation- ship with the Cincinnati USA Sports Commission and the Northern Kentucky Convention Center," said Linda Barclay president of USA Sports Production. "They are great partners and extremely important to the success of our competition." For information on the Cincinnati USA Sports Commission, go to or Football University Returns to Naples for National Championship NAPLES, Fla. — The All- American Games' Football University (FBU) returns to Naples, Fla., December 17 – 21 for the FBU National Championship. The expanded series will bring 42 youth teams playing 61 games on local fields, generating an estimated economic impact of $2.1 million for the area. More than 5,000 athletes, coaches and family members are expected to stay in the Naples area during the week, more than doubling last year's numbers. "The FBU National Championship is a great fit for our destination and we're honored to serve as host for the fourth year," said Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau. Qualifying games are held in 16 regions of the U.S. featuring all-star football players in grades 6 through 8 beginning in November. The winners of each regional com- petition are seeded into the FBU National Championship Tournament. This year's event adds a ninth-grade all- star game along with invita- tional National Championship games for age nine-and-under and 10-and-under teams. The 61 games will be played at Fleischmann Park, Community School of Naples, Barron Collier, Naples and Gulf Coast High Schools, and Golden Gate from December 18 through 21. The three final champion- ship games are scheduled to be played at Gulf Coast High School on December 21. After last year's FBU National Championship, the Naples area was featured in two 30-second advertising spots during the U.S. Army All- American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. This year's event will also be highlighted with two ► t SPORTS Talk WASHINGTON D.C. — The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the Congressional Youth Sports Caucus cele- brated National Youth Sports Week with a physical activity Expo in the Rayburn House of Representatives office building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on NCYS' Youth Sports Day, July 18. SportsEvents Media Group Founder and Publisher J. Talty O'Connor, a member of the NCYS board of directors moderated a session of the NCYS Leadership Insurance Summit – "Shifting the Culture – Influencing Change in Youth Sports" prior to the expo. The physical activity expo showcased how youth sports organizations and members of Congress can collaborate to promote healthy lifestyles for children and their families through sports. The event featured NCYS members and phys- ical activity stations where members of Congress and their staff played sports and learned about youth sports activities. The expo highlighted the importance for youth to Play(s) – physical activity, living healthy, access, youth development and safety following the legislative agenda. n Sports Leaders Celebrate The Values Of Youth Sports On Capitol Hill The National Council of Youth Sports President Wanda Rutledge, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and O'Connor met during the NCYS Youth Sports Day and Congressional Youth Sports Expo in the Rayburn House of Representatives offices foyer in Washington, D.C.

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