May 13 was the opening night for Fieldhouse Sportscenter. The venue is a 46,000 square foot, four court sports facility featuring basketball and volleyball, specializing in leagues and tournaments.
The Fieldhouse Sportscenter also features the Fieldhouse Grill and dining area, four party rooms, arcade and spacious parking.
The National Christian Homeschool (NCHC) Spring Nationals return once again to Springfield May 9-11, 2013. The Spring Nationals feature competition from more than 600 athletes from 20 states. The NCHC will conduct championships in the sports of golf, track and soccer.
Expect to see families, teams and fans in town, beginning May 8. Springfield is host to four National Christian Homeschool events throughout the year. For more information on NCHC Spring Nationals, visit: http://bit.ly/ZBmPYi. For more information on Springfield and the Springfield Sports Commission, visit: http://springfieldmosports.org/.
A parade through the heart of downtown Springfield, on April 19 at 4 p.m., celebrated the National Titles of the past year for Drury University: http://sgfnow.co/17J0j6d. March was a big month for the small, liberal arts college - receiving national recognition for their athletics program.
Over 120 teams are participating this weekend in Lake Country Soccer’s Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Cup, April 20-21. This annual tournament features teams from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas. Teams competing range in age from U9-U18, and are affiliated with US Soccer and/or US Youth Soccer.
Welcome to Springfield athletes, fans and families! A great resource for the tournament can be found online: http://www.lakecountrysoccer.org/Tournaments/lcsfriendship.htm
The 22nd Annual National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championship is March 18-23 at 33 gymnasiums throughout the Springfield area
The tournament planner is projecting 350 teams from more than 30 states to participate in the championships. More than 3,200 boys and girls in ten age divisions will compete.
Planners expect 8,000 to 10,000 people to be in the city for the event. This marks the fifth year the tournament has taken place in Springfield.
The Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates out-of-town participants and spectators will spend about $3.65 million in the city.
The past few months have been busy with for our new annual event and working on two outstanding sporting events for the community!
ACHA D3 Nationals
March also brings the 2013 American Collegiate Hockey Association DIII Men’s National Hockey Championships to Springfield. Springfield is blessed to have two NHL-sized ice rinks in at the Mediacom Ice Park. The two rinks will be home to non-stop action March 10-16 for the Championship. The Sports Commission is proud to be involved and is a member of the local organizing committee for the event. For a schedule of the event, click here.
NCHBC National Basketball Championships
March also brings Springfield its largest annual event – the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships. Held in Springfield, March 18-23, roughly 350 teams from across the country compete in this basketball competition. Over 30 gyms are used in the area for the event.
The event generates an estimated $3.65 million in economic spending and literally boosts the population of Springfield by 8,000 to 10,000 folks for the week! We are excited to host this tournament in Springfield for the fifth consecutive year!
A press conference was held on January 30 to announce the 1 Awards event and 19 awards categories On March 1, 2013 the Springfield Sports Commission released the specialty award categories.
Thanks to Mediacom for covering the Sports Commission and featuring us on Mediacom Newsleaders ! Be on the lookout for our upcoming segment. It is great to have the local support! Thank you Don West and Corey Riggs for making this program possible and for featuring many great organizations and programs in our community!
If I have noticed one thing about our community, it is our ability to work together. Mayor Bob Stephens even pointed this out in his Huffington Post article, “What Makes A Community Economically Resilient?” back in August. Collaboration and social capital were two of three major points in the article – all dealing with working hard and working together. This is shown by corporations pairing with nonprofit organizations, like SHLA donating over 300 pairs of shoes to Cents of Pride, or through organizations coming together to support a common cause, like the Springfield and Greene County Civility Project .
At the Springfield Sports Commission, teamwork is about more than the teams that play in our community. It’s about what goes on behind the scenes, too. Our forms of teamwork include things like:
- a presence on local organizing committees. We work with many facilities and organizations like SHLA, Springfield CVB, Springfield-Greene County Park Board and City of Springfield to bring events to our area.
- a willingness to help grow events through our EAR funding. EAR stands for Event Assistance Request.
- a membership with other nonprofit groups. As of today, we are proud members of SHLA, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and most recently, a Friend of C-Street
We are proud to not only support our community and other local organizations, but also to use teamwork to excel.
The Springfield Sports Commission would like to congratulate Tracy Kimberlin, recipient of the 2013 Convention & Visitors Bureau Pinnacle Award! The award recognizes individuals who have several years of activity in the travel industry and have contributed to its betterment in the Springfield area. Kimberlin, president of the Springfield CVB, was surprised by staff members as the recipient of this award; however, those who know him were not surprised at all. View the award video here.
Congratulations Tracy on a well-deserved award!
The Springfield Sports Commission has a special relationship with the Springfield CVB. Although two separate organizations, we are housed in the same building under a management contract with the CVB. We rely on each other professionally, and work together to enhance travel and tourism in Springfield.
The Springfield Area Sports Commission welcomes new members – Fieldhouse Sportscenter and Commercial Street Community Improvement District.
And we want to say “Thanks!” to businesses and individuals that recently renewed their memberships:
- Howard Johnson Inn & Conference Center
- Comfort Inn & Conference Center
- Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Golden Corral
- City Utilities
Thank you to all of our members for supporting our organization and sports in Springfield!