Denver Big Air Set For January
DENVER—The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced it would host its Denver Big Air event presented by Sprint Jan. 25-26 at Civic Center Park. Skiers and snowboarders will compete at night on one of the biggest manmade ramps ever constructed.
Denver Big Air presented by Sprint, a two day international ski and snowboarding event, will kick off the SnowSports Industries America Snow Show. The event opens with the Nature Valley Big Air Challenge, a skiing big air event on Tuesday, Jan. 25, featuring some of the best male skiers in the country. Day two, Wednesday, Jan. 26, action will feature the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) LG FIS World Cup Snowboard Big Air, a sanctioned event on the established global snowboarding circuit with an international roster of the top male snowboarders from around the world.
The event will be broadcast nationally on NBC and Versus. “Denver Big Air will offer everyone a great chance to share in a weeklong celebration of winter sports right in the heart of Denver,” Mayor John Hickenlooper said. “We are excited to have this spectacular winter sporting event in Civic Center Park at the time thousands of winter sports fans are attending the SIA Snow Show at the Colorado Convention Center.”
Shooters Pack Pistols & Head To Columbia, S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C.—Columbia was the site of the International Practical Shooting Confederation’s 2010 United States Championship in early October. Competitors shot for a position on the U.S. team for the IPSC World Championship that will be held in Greece next year.
Scott Powers, executive director of the Columbia Regional Sports Council, said the host of the event, the Mid-Carolina Rifle Club, continues to bring prestigious events to the region. “The 2010 IPSC U.S. Nationals are attracting most of the very top action pistol shooters in the world. Columbia will definitely be the epicenter of the competitive world for this event.”
Methodist University Adds Stunt Team To Athletic Department
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Methodist University is the 16th university to embrace the newly developed stunt format and will host two tournaments on campus next spring.
Cheerleading has already been treated as a varsity sport at Methodist, and the new stunt team will join the traditional cheerleading team in receiving the same benefits as all other varsity athletes. “Methodist University has always had a fine cheerleading program with strong athletes and a strong commitment to school spirit,” said Bill Seely, executive director of USA Cheer, the governing body of cheerleading in the United States. “Creating a separate stunt team allows the university to add more athletes with the sole focus of representing the school in this exciting new sport.”
The creation of stunt as a separate collegiate sport is a natural progression from years of traditional cheerleading, said Melissa Hay, head cheerleading coach and director of Methodist University Spirit Programs. According to USA Cheer, this new format will allow young women to compete and demonstrate the athletic skills they have developed through cheerleading.
Methodist joins 15 other universities in committing to a stunt team for the upcoming spring season. Teams known for training some of the finest cheer athletes, the University of Louisville and University of Memphis, were among the first to commit to the new sport, which takes skills from traditional cheerleading but adapts them to a game format.
Organizations Merge To Create New Tourism & Sports Commission
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.—The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission (TTSC) began operations Oct. 1 by merging the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation (TSF) in order to create a new agency with combined resources, experiences and funding.
The CVB, previously operated under Robert Ratliff and three other staff members, and the TSF, operated under Don Staley with the help of interns, will see Ratliff serve as executive director of tourism and Staley as executive director of the sports commission. Some staff members will be reassigned.
The tourism side of the organization will focus on bringing meetings, conventions, group tours, family reunions and films to Tuscaloosa. The sports side will continue to work towards hosting a variety of sporting events and maintaining current competitions, including the High School Super Six championships and the USA Triathlon events. “The history and success of these two organizations is truly amazing,” said TTSC Board President Toby Wilson. “By combining them into one, we will certainly see the positive impact on our community for many, many years to come. In this process, we have created a dynamic organization poised for promoting the Tuscaloosa region at large.”