The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and Colorado Springs Sports Corporation (The Sports Corp) are pursuing a multi-year partnership to offer Colorado student-athletes the opportunity to compete for championship titles at some of Colorado’s top venues, highlighting featured Colorado Springs as a premier destination for recreational sports.
After successfully hosting the CHSAA State Cross Country Championship at the Norris Penrose Event Center in 2019 and 2020, The Sports Corp and CHSAA exponentially increased the partnership and committed to host eight (8) state championships at quality venues in the Pikes Peak area, including Broadmoor World. Arena, Norris Penrose Event Center, Weidner Field and Memorial Park.
“Historic facilities for the championships were not available after the closure and the pandemic recovery that followed. Exploring new locations has allowed the association to develop and expand our incredible partnership with the communities of The Sports Corp and Colorado Springs, ”said CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green. “The quality of each venue and the hospitality shown by our athletes and member school communities has been a win-win for the presentation of the high school playoff events.
The championships hosted by Colorado Springs 2021 include:
- Basketball (March 19-20, Broadmoor World Arena)
- Spirits (March 25-27, Broadmoor World Arena)
- Soccer (May 1, Weidner Field) Tennis (June 11-12, Memorial Park)
- Cross-country skiing (October 30, Norris Penrose Events Center)
- Volleyball (November 11-13, Broadmoor World Arena)
- Football (November 12-13, Weidner Field)
- Spirit (December 9-11, Broadmoor World Arena)
“We are grateful to Colorado Springs Sports Corp for the financial and logistical support they have given us so that our student-athletes can have great state championship experiences,” said CHSAA Assistant Commissioner Justin Saylor. “The support we have received from The Sports Corp has made it possible to host high school events at world-class facilities in Colorado Springs. “
Collectively, over the course of the three-year partnership, more than 14,500 estimated athletes and 56,700 spectators will have had the opportunity to experience Olympic City, United States, and contribute economically to the Colorado Springs community with more than 21 000 hotel nights.
“Partnering with CHSAA is exactly The Sports Corp’s mission – to support the growth and development of grassroots sports while highlighting Colorado Springs as the best destination for community events and amateur and elite sports,” said Megan. Leatham, President and CEO of The Sports Corp. “We are delighted to support the CHSAA and the student athletes who have worked hard to earn their championship chance. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come.
In addition to helping secure venues for CHSAA Championship events, The Sports Corp also helped by providing event staff and attendees with access to local facilities, hotels and restaurants, as well as engagement with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum.
With the support of great community partners like the El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs continues to live up to the legacy of Olympic City, United States. El Pomar generously supported the Championships with grants and served as the venue for the CHSAA Cross Country Officials Meeting, further strengthening Colorado Springs’ commitment to promoting and developing amateur sport.
“By working with the El Pomar Foundation and The Sports Corp, we were able to continue to host our culminating events at some of the best sporting facilities in the state and provide attendees with top-notch championship and meeting environments,” said said Jennifer Roberts, assistant commissioner of the CHSAA. Uhlig said.
Going forward, The Sports Corp will help provide the same opportunities to continue hosting state championships in Colorado Springs for years to come. The CHSAA is currently committed to returning to Colorado Springs in 2022 to host the cross country and tennis championships.