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Paralympics Coming to Springfield Along with 36 Tourneys and Sports Events

February 09, 2010|KSPR News
  • Paralympics Coming to Springfield Along with 36 Tourneys and Sports Events
Paralympics Coming to Springfield Along with 36 Tourneys and Sports Events

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board announced it's adding the first Paralympic Sport Club for the area. The board also announced a new Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Championship for the Queen City and released a list of 36 district, state, regional, national and professional/international sports tournaments and events for 2010. PARALYMPIPCS Paralympic Sport Springfield, a program of Springfield-Greene County Park Board, will make its debut with the sport of archery. Under the International Paralympic Committee, Paralympic Sport Springfield will offer a new community-based sport development program focused on increasing availability of programming for individuals of all ages with disabilities. Kansas City, Mo. and St. Charles, Mo. are the only other two cities in the state to have similar programs. Visit www.paralympic.org for more information. ARCHERY USA Archery is the newest governing body to work with the Park Board for the advancement of the sport of archery for those able bodied athletes. USA Archery program sites will be announced later. TOURNAMENTS Significant Collegiate and Professional Tournaments new to Springfield in 2010 include the NCAA Division II Women’s Super Region I Golf Championship on May 2 – 4 and the USTA Missouri Valley Section US Open National Playoffs on May 15 – 19. The winner of the US Open Playoffs event will receive a wildcard into the US Open Qualifying Tournament. SOFTBALL Missouri State High School Activities Association announced the addition of the Softball State Championships to Springfield, to be held Oct. 18 & 19, 2010. Springfield is currently home to the MSHSAA Girls and Boys Tennis, Girls and Boys Golf, and Baseball Championships. WHAT ELSE IS NEW? Sports Development and Improvements happening this year include the addition of synthetic turf to the Cooper Soccer Stadium Field, thanks to a generous donation by the Cooper and Rick McQueary Families. Also, Rotary Club of Springfield North continues its capital campaign to raise funds for a “Miracle Field,” which will be built in Dan Kinney Park, offering an accessible ball field to players who have a variety of disabilities. Upcoming Tournaments and Events for 2010 included a list of 36, ranging from district to professional-level play. A full list is attached, entitled “2010 Community-Wide Sports Championship Event List.” 2010 Winter Olympic local celebration activities include Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway, as Springfield’s Olympic headquarters. A number of free activities, including hockey and figure skating clinics on Feb. 13, 26 and 27, and opening ceremony and event coverage on rink televisions highlight the two-week games. The Park Board will work with district, state, regional and national level organizations and governing bodies to host the events, including the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Springfield Sports Commission. “The activities coming into Springfield and Greene County have tremendous economic and quality of life impacts to the community,” said Director of Parks Jodie Adams. “Springfield-Greene County is a Sports Illustrated ‘Sports Town USA’ city and the facilities showcased during these 2010 competitions will speak for themselves.” This many activities require community support as well. “We also want to give a big thank you to the sponsors, partners and volunteers who stand by our athletes throughout the year,” said Adams. “Large or small, the Park Board relies on filling funding gaps with private donations, sponsorships and volunteer staff. These individuals and organizations play a big role in the success of our bottom line and without their support we wouldn’t be able to bite off such an aggressive season of events year after year.” THE LIST 2010 Community-Wide Sports Championship Event List Professional/International May 15-19 United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley Section US Open National Playoffs Each United States Tennis Association section will be hosting one US Open National Playoffs Event. The winner of this event will receive a wildcard into the US Open Qualifying Tournament. Registration deadline to be determined Cooper Tennis Complex Tournament Directors: Lori Therrien (USTA/MV Administrator) 913-322-4829 and Marissa Moment-Brown (USTA/MV Administrator) 913-322-4822 July 17-18 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Cup Qualifier Girls Fast Pitch 16U The winner of this tournament goes to the 2010-2011 International Softball Federation World Cup Championships in Plant City, FL Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 7, 2011. Registration deadline: July 2, 2010 Meador Softball Complex Tournament Director: Mark Nelson 417-837-5817 July 5-25 35th Anniversary World TeamTennis Professional League Season-Springfield Lasers Springfield Lasers Professional Tennis features 7 home matches during the month of July. Player draft to be conducted March 16 with 2010 season schedule to be announced in April. Mediacom Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex General Manager: Tom Adams 417-864-1339 NATIONAL National Level Championships March 15-20 National Christian Basketball Championships The 19th Annual National Christian Homeschool basketball championships. Chesterfield Family Center, Doling Family Center and O’Reilly-Tefft Gymnasiums Tournament Director: Kurt Talbott 417-880-4875 April 10-11 United States Specialty Sports Association Girls Fast Pitch Tournament-18U and 16U Open Girls fast pitch World Series qualifier. Registration deadline: March 26, 2010 Cooper and Meador Softball Complexes Tournament Director: Susan Provance 417-874-2171 May 2-4 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Women’s Super Region I Golf Championship Individual stroke play 3-day event. Rivercut Golf Course Tournament Site Contact: Steve King 417-891-1645 Registration Contact: Lisa Tinkler (Drury University) 417-873-6339 May 20-22 National Christian Homeschool Association High School Soccer Tournament 3-Game Round Robin play with the championship on Saturday. Lake Country Soccer Complex Tournament Directors are: Kelly Ross 417-862-3211 and Kurt Talbott (NCHA) 417-880-4875 May 22-23 United States Specialty Sports Association Softball Tournament-12U and 14U Open Girls fast pitch World Series qualifier Registration deadline: May 7, 2010 Cooper and Meador Softball Complexes Tournament Director: Susan Provance 417-874-2171 May 22-26 United States Tennis Association Boys/Girls 12’s National Open Tournament Boys and Girls 12 and Under 64-player draw national open. Registration deadline: April 15, 2010 Cooper Tennis Complex Tournament Director: Larry Haugness 417-837-5800 Aug. 2-5 Payne Stewart American Junior Golf Association Championship National/International tournament. Individual stroke play 5-day event. Rivercut Golf Course Tournament Contact: Steve King 417-891-1645 Nov. 4-6 Homeschool Fall Sports Championship Multi-sport, team and individual event at multiple venues in Springfield. Chesterfield Family Center, Doling Family Center and O’Reilly-Tefft Gymnasiums Tournament Director: Kurt Talbott 417-880-4875 National Qualifier June 5-6 33rd Annual Heart of the Ozarks Girls Fast Pitch USA/Amateur Softball Association National Qualifier Girls 18 “A” The winner of this tournament goes to the ASA National Championships. Registration deadline: May 28, 2010 Meador Softball Complex Tournament Director: Mark Nelson 417-837-5817 June 12-13 24th Annual Summer Classic Amateur Softball Association Regional Hall of Fame/National Qualifier Girls 18 “A” Fast Pitch The winner of this tournament goes to the ASA National Championship. 2nd and 3rd place go to the ASA Hall of Fame Tournament. Only for Mid-America ASA Region Teams. Registration deadline: June 4, 2010 Meador Softball Complex Tournament Director: Mark Nelson 417-837-5817 Aug. 9 Price Cutter Charity Championship Qualifier Professional Golf Association Tour sanctioned qualifier for 7 exempt spots in the field for the Nationwide Tour Price Cutter Charity Championship. Registration deadline to be determined Rivercut Golf Course Tournament Contact: Steve King 417-891-1645 Regional Level Feb. 27-28 United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley Tennis on Campus Championships Top 12 teams from Missouri Valley colleges and university programs. Registration deadline: Feb. 12, 2010 Cooper Tennis Complex Tournament Director: Dan Bratetic (USTA/MV Administrator) 913-322-4840 March 6-7 Champions Challenge Youth Soccer Tournament Competitive teams from Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Sponsored by the Greater Springfield Area Sports Commission. Hosted by Lake Country Soccer. Co-hosted with the Springfield Soccer Club and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Registration deadline: Feb. 12, 2010 Lake Country Soccer Complex Tournament Director: Kelly Ross 417-862-3211 April 10-11 Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Cup Youth Soccer Tournament Competitive teams from Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Registration deadline is March 12, 2010 Lake Country Soccer Complex Tournament Director: Kelly Ross 417-862-3211 April 23-25 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference Tennis Tournament End of season conference tournament for Drury Men and Women and other NCAA DII Great Lakes Valley Conference teams. All day Friday at Cooper Tennis Complex and Gillenwaters. All day Saturday at Cooper Tennis Complex. Cooper Tennis Complex and Gillenwaters Tennis Courts Tournament Directors: Luc Godin (Drury Men’s Coach) 417-873-7439 and Jarrod Smith (Drury Women’s Coach) 417-873-6847 Aug. 7-8 United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley Section 10’s Team Event Team competition for top ranked boys and girls 10 years of age and under from Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas. Registration deadline: July 19, 2010 Cooper Tennis Complex Tournament Director: Renae Friedrichsen (USTA/MV Administrator) 913-322-4832 Sept. 17-19 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Midwest Region Tennis Championships (Evangel) End of season tournament for NAIA Midwest Region Schools. Registration deadline to be determined Cooper Tennis Complex Tournament Director: Paul Worstell (William Jewell Coach) 816-781-7700 Sept. 23- 26 United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley Super Doubles Leagues Section Championships II United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley Section Championships for adult mixed doubles leagues, senior mixed, and super senior teams who won their district championships or local flights in Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Registration deadline: Sept. 12, 2010 Cooper Tennis Complex Tournament Director: Lori Therrien (USTA/MV Administrator) 913-322-4829 Oct 16-18 Incredible Pizza Fall Classic Youth Soccer Tournament Competitive teams from Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Registration deadline to be determined Lake Country Soccer Complex Tournament Director: Kelly Ross 417-862-3211 State Level May 17-18 Missouri State High School Activities Association Boys Golf State Championships Missouri state high school boys golf championships. Individual stroke play 2-day event. Both days are individual stroke play and count towards individual score and combined team score. Rivercut Golf Course Tournament Contact: Steve King 417-891-1645 Associate Executive Director-MSHSAA: Tim Thompson 573-875-4880 May 27-29 Missouri State High School Activities Association Boys Tennis State Championships Missouri state high school boys tennis championships. Thursday is team competition, Friday and Saturday is individual competition. Cooper Tennis Complex Associate Executive Director-MSHSAA: Kevin Garner 573-875-4880 June 2 Missouri State High School Activities Association Baseball State Championships Missouri state high school boys baseball championships. Meador Baseball Complex Associate Executive Director-MSHSAA: Harvey Richards 573-875-4880 June 26-27 Missouri Amateur Softball Association Girls Fast Pitch 12U “A” and 14U “B” State Championships Girls 12 years of age and under and 14 years of age and under state championships. Registration deadline: June 17, 2010 Meador Softball Complex Tournament Director: Mark Nelson 417-837-5717 Registration Contact: Joey Rich (MO ASA) 573-265-1232 July 10-11 39th Annual Governor’s Cup 36 hole, two-person Scramble. Day one at Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course, day two at Rivercut Golf Course. This is a benefit tournament sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board for the Missouri Park and Recreation Scholarship Fund. Registration deadline: July 8, 2010 Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course and Rivercut Golf Course Tournament Directors: Shawn Freeman 417-833-9962 and Steve King 417-891-1645 July 30-Aug. 1 Missouri Adult Show Me State Games Open adult (18 years of age and over) hockey tournament. 4-game minimum, pool play. Starts Friday evening with Championship game on Sunday. Registration deadline: July 19, 2010 Mediacom Ice Park Tournament Director: Al Valdivia 417-866-7444 Aug. 7-8 Missouri Amateur Softball Association “B” “C” & “E” Men’s Slow Pitch State Championships State slow pitch championships for each division. Registration deadline: July 29, 2010 Tournament Director is Mark Nelson 417-837-5817 Registration Contact: Joey Rich (MO ASA) 573-265-1232 Aug. 13-15 Missouri Youth Show Me State Games Open youth hockey tournament for Squirts (10 years of age and under) and Pee Wee’s (12 years of age and under). 4-game minimum, pool play. Starts Friday evening with Championship game on Sunday. Registration deadline: July 26, 2010 Mediacom Ice Park Tournament Director: Al Valdivia 417-866-7444 Oct. 18-19 Missouri State High School Activities Association Girls Golf State Championships Missouri state high school girls golf championships. Individual stroke play 2-day event. Both days are individual stroke play and count towards individual score and combined team score. Rivercut Golf Course Tournament Director: Steve King 417-891-1645 Associate Executive Director-MSHSAA: Tim Thompson 573-875-4880 Oct. 21-23 Missouri State High School Activities Association Girls Tennis State Championships Missouri state high school girls tennis championships. Thursday is team competition, Friday and Saturday is individual competition. Cooper Tennis Complex Associate Executive Director-MSHSAA: Kevin Garner 573-875-4880 Oct. 29-31 Missouri State High School Activities Association Softball State Championships Missouri state high school girls softball championships. Killian Sports Complex Associate Executive Director-MSHSAA: Tom Thompson 573-875-4880 District Level May 8 Archery Shooter Associates State Qualifier Shooter qualifier for state tournament. Ritter Springs Park Co-President: James Nickols 417-849-2339 June 2-6 Southwest Missouri Senior Games Olympic style events for athletes 50 years of age and over. The games serve as preparation for the Missouri State Senior Games in Columbia, MO. This year athletes are qualifying for the 2011 National Senior Games to be held in Houston, TX. Registration deadline: May 21, 2010 Various locations in Springfield Tournament Director: Sheri Davis 417-837-5808 July 30-Aug. 1 United States Tennis Association Missouri District Boys and Girls Endorsement Tournament Boys and Girls 16s/18s Endorsement Tournament for 2 quota spots per age division into the USTA Missouri Valley Segment 3 Super Tournaments in November. Registration deadline: July 25, 2010 Cooper Tennis Complex Tournament Director: Amanda Smith 417-837-5800

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