INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 29, 2014 – USA Gymnastics has selected the sites for the 2015 Women's Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern and Western Championships. The 2015 Women's Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern Championships will be held at the Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Hall in Kissimmee, Fla., and the Level 9 Western Championships will be staged at the Spokane (Wash.) Convention Center. Held May 8-10, the Eastern and Western Championships are the competitive season's culmination event and feature the best gymnasts in the country for Level 9.
The Junior Olympic Eastern and Western Championships are two of USA Gymnastics' championships events. Both have 16 age divisions that are determined by birthdate. Many Junior Olympians have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics.
“The East and West Level 9 Championships are the pinnacle of the competitive season for the young women who compete,” said Luan Peszek, vice president of women’s program for USA Gymnastics. “We are very confident that both cities will stage events that will showcase the talents of these young aspiring gymnasts.”
The Central Florida Sports Commission and Orlando Metro Gymnastics are hosting the Eastern Championships. The Eastern Championships include the top gymnasts from USA Gymnastics Regions 5-8. The states that comprise each region are: Region 5 – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio; Region 6 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont; Region 7 – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia; and Region 8 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee.
“We are delighted to welcome the 2015 Women's Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern Championships and their talented athletes to Kissimmee, Fla.,” said John Bisignano, president of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “We look forward to working with Orlando Metro Gymnastics and USA Gymnastics to ensure the success of this prestigious event in our community, as we serve our mission to drive economic development through sports.”
The Western Championships will be hosted locally by the Spokane Sports Commission and Spokane Gymnastics. The Level 9 Western Championships showcases the top gymnasts from Regions 1-4. The states that comprise each region are: Region 1 -- Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah; Region 2 – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington; Region 3 – Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming; and Region 4 – Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
“It’s the second time in two years that USA Gymnastics has selected Spokane for a championship event and we couldn’t be more honored,” said Eric Sawyer, Spokane Sports Commission president and CEO. “From our local gymnastics community, to our facilities, to our hospitality partners, Spokane will roll out the red carpet for the athletes, coaches and fans.”
Both organizations have worked with USA Gymnastics on other events. Spokane hosted the 2014 Elite Challenge and Levels 5-7 National Championships earlier this year, which featured athletes in trampoline and tumbling. CFSC has partnered with USA Gymnastics on several international events, including the upcoming 2014 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships and World Age Group Competitions in November, the 2014 Stars and Stripes Cup and Junior Pan American Championships (trampoline and tumbling/rhythmic gymnastics), and the 2012 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships.
The 2015 U.S. Women’s National Junior Olympic Championships for Level 10 are slated for May 15-16 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament follows the Junior Olympic Championships on May 17. The Des Moines Area Sports Commission and Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute are the local organizations working with USA Gymnastics on staging the two events.
USA Gymnastics: Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and group gymnastics. For more complete information, log on to www.usagym.org Central Florida Sports Commission: The Central Florida Sports Commission strategically solicits, creates and supports marquee sports-related events and businesses that enhance our community’s economy. The Sports Commission represents the counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia, as well as the City of Orlando. For more information, visit www.centralfloridasports.org.
Orlando Metro Gymnastics: A private gymnastics club located in southwest Orlando, Florida that features a full scale of competitive team gymnastics, recreational gymnastics and cheer instruction for children ages 18 months to 18 years. The completely air conditioned, 23,000 square foot facility is full of state of the art equipment for training women’s and men’s gymnastics. For more information, visit www.orlandometrogymnastics.com
ORLANDO (July 18, 2014) – The Central Florida Sports Commission (CFSC) announced today that Michael Obyc will transition into his new role as the Osceola County Manager, Events. In this new role, he will manage the existing Osceola County Events Calendar and support the business development team to attract events that will result in incremental sports tourism, generate room nights and drive economic impact to the County.
Prior to his tenure as the Orange County Manager, Events, Michael joined the CFSC possessing experiences with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (“MLBPA”) and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (“EWWS”). He was a member of the MLBPA special events team which conducted over 80 instructional youth baseball clinics and also coordinated the opening ceremonies for ESPN Rise Games, AAU and USSSA athletic tournaments at EWWS.
“We are delighted to welcome Michael into this new role,” said John Bisignano, President & CEO of the CFSC. “I am confident that his knowledge of our business and experience working with local and national partners will be valuable in bringing high-caliber sporting events that drive incremental visitation and economic impact to Osceola County.”
About the Central Florida Sports Commission
The Central Florida Sports Commission strategically solicits, creates and supports marquee sports-related events and businesses that enhance our community’s economy. The Sports Commission represents the counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia, as well as the City of Orlando.
The Sunshine State Conference, in partnership with the Central Florida Sports Commission and Experience Kissimmee, will host the 2014 Sunshine State Conference Basketball Championship at the Silver Spurs Arena in Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL. The event will be held March 5-9, 2014. All nine Sunshine State Conference member institutions’ men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete in the Sunshine State Conference Championship. Opening round games will begin on Wednesday, March 5th, and the men’s and women’s championship games will be played on Sunday, March 9th. Please visit http://www.sunshinestateconference.com/page.asp?articleID=2405 for brackets and game times. This event is expected to drive 2,363 total participants and spectators to Osceola County, as well as almost 400 room nights and $300,000 in economic impact.
Soccer Six of Florida, a long-time partner of the Sports Commission and Experience Kissimmee, hosted their annual Blizzard Blast 6 on 6 adult soccer tournament at Austin Tindall Regional Park, January 11-12, 2014. A total of 32 teams competed in this tournament, with two (2) teams making their way to Kissimmee, Florida from Canada! We have not finished computing the economic impact data, but our projections indicate this event attracted over 600 participants and spectators, and generated over 200 room nights and over $60,000 in economic impact to the Kissimmee community.
The Central Florida Sports Commission and Experience Kissimmee welcomed back to Osceola County a created event from 2013; the New Year’s Cup (formally the Florida Lacrosse Festival). This high school lacrosse tournament attracted 12 teams to Austin Tindall Regional Park on January 4-5, 2014, which doubled in size from the previous year. We have not finished calculating the impact of this event, but we are projecting it attracted almost 700 participants and spectators to Kissimmee, and generated over 100 room nights and $50,000 in economic impact. While this event is still small, we are happy with the progress they’ve made in year two (2), doubling in size, and we look forward to the continued growth of this event in Osceola County.
Osceola County will host the American Youth Football & Cheer National Championships (AYF) December 8th – 15th at Austin Tindall Regional Park (Football) and Osceola Heritage Park’s Silver Spurs Arena (Cheer). This will be the seventh straight year Osceola County plays host to AYF. Together these two events will bring almost 20,000 athletes and spectators to Osceola County, and will generate over 13,000 room nights and close to $13 million in economic impact for the local economy. We look forward to partnering with AYF once again and welcoming their event to Osceola County!
The Sports Commission and Experience Kissimmee have recently submitted a bid for the American Athletic Conference (formally the Big East) Men's Golf Championships in 2015 and 2016 for ChampionsGate Golf Resort. These events would take place at the end of April. Our partners at the University of Central Florida will be co-hosts as they joined the conference this fall season. The championship will features schools such as UCF, University of Houston, University of Memphis, University of South Florida and Southern Methodist University. The championships will feature ten (10) teams competing in a 54-hole stroke play competition to be crowned champion of the American Athletic Conference, and receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Golf Championships. We project this event will bring in almost 300 participants, coaches and spectators, and will generate over 400 room nights and over $70,000 of economic impact. Also, this event would add to the growing number of prestigious golf championships that Osceola County has hosted.
The Sports Commission and Experience Kissimmee are currently working on a proposal for either the USA Gymnastics Region 8 Level 7 & 8 Regional Championships or the USA Gymnastics Region 8 Level 9 & 10 Regional Championships. These events are just a week a part in April 2015, and we are currently working on venue availability with Osceola Heritage Park. Unfortunately because of a conflict with dates, we will not be able to bid on both of these events, but we will be able to bid on one. We hosted the USA Gymnastics Region 8 Level 7 & 8 Regional Championships in 2012 at Osceola Heritage Park, and that event attracted over 2,000 participants, coaches and spectators, and resulted in over 1,500 room nights and almost $1 million in economic impact to Osceola County. We are very excited about the possibility of bringing one of these events to Osceola County!
The Sports Commission and Experience Kissimmee co-hosted the Longhorn Fall Classic, a youth gymnastics event, at St. Cloud High School on September 14th and 15th. As this event just completed, we are still working on the economic impact of this event, but we are projecting over 1,000 participants, spectators and coaches traveled to St. Cloud to participate in this event, which resulted in approximately $106,000 in economic impact and 600 room nights.
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