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Columbus To Host USA Volleyball's Signature Event in the Girls' Junior National Championships at The Greater Columbus Convention Center This Month

The Largest Sporting Event Booked by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission Represents Over 44,000 Hotel Room Nights and an Estimated $25 Million in Visitor Spending

Columbus, OH - USA Volleyball will host the 2012 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in Columbus, Ohio from June 28 to July 7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  The event, which generates an estimated $25 million in visitor spending, was awarded to Columbus in July 2011 after the Greater Columbus Sports Commission and the Ohio Valley Region of USA Volleyball, one of the largest regions in the country, partnered on the bid.
 
The USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships is the signature event for the National Governing Body for volleyball with the United States Olympic Committee and represents the largest event ever booked, based on hotel room nights, in the 10-year history of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission history.
 
The event represents more than 40,000 hotel room nights from over 70 hotels in the Greater Columbus Region over a 12-day span. The tournament will attract nearly 9,500 athletes and over 20,000 spectators while crowning 19 champions in age divisions ranging from 12 to 18. The event, showcasing the top talent from across the nation, also draws hundreds of college recruiters looking for the next stars for their programs.
 

“USA Volleyball is excited that its Girls’ Junior National Championships will be in Ohio,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. “That part of the country has a long and strong tradition in volleyball, and we look forward to partnering with the Ohio Valley Region of USA Volleyball to add to that tradition. While it may be the first time in a number of years for USA Volleyball to have one of its Championships conducted in Columbus, the city and venue is very experienced in hosting major club volleyball tournaments through the Ohio Valley Region.”
 
Columbus is no stranger to girls’ youth volleyball and USA Volleyball sanctioned events. The Greater Columbus Convention Center hosts the most USA Volleyball sanctioned tournaments in the U.S. in a year with as many as 62 courts in use at one time, including several national and regional tournaments each year run by the Ohio Valley Region. Nearly 10,000 teams and over 116,000 volleyball players have competed inside the convention center since it opened in 1993, including the Ohio Valley Regional Championships and national bid qualifiers.
 
Columbus also hosted the 2000 and 1930 USA Volleyball Open National Championships, the top event for adult competition in the United States. The event in 2000 was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, while the 1930 event was the third-ever in the 82-year history of the Open Nationals.
 
“On behalf of our 18,850 members, the Ohio Valley Region is honored to be an integral part of the USA Volleyball Girl’s Junior National Championships which draws the finest players, coaches and teams from across the United States,” Ohio Valley Region Commissioner President Bob Price said. “Our central location in the country, along with the ideal combination of an experienced volunteer support base and an outstanding venue will make this a showcase championship.”
 
“Columbus was thrilled to finally have the availability at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to be able to bid on USA Volleyball’s signature event,” Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Shetina Logan said. “Columbus’ hotel community went above and beyond in collaborating with rates, availability and incentives to host this event and all of the partners involved are working hard to roll out the red carpet to USA Volleyball participants and fans during our city’s Bicentennial.”
 

USA Volleyball, founded in 1928, is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has over 275,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. For more information please visit www.usavolleyball.org.
 
The Ohio Valley Region of USA Volleyball (OVR) is one of the largest regional volleyball associations (RVAs) of USA Volleyball.  Geographically, the Ohio Valley Region includes the states of Ohio and West Virginia, and bordering counties (Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence, Beaver, Washington, Green) of Western Pennsylvania.  OVR is an amateur athletic sports association to promote and establish quality volleyball through participation by both adults and juniors, according to the standards set forth by USA Volleyball and the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.
 
The Greater Columbus Sports Commission (GCSC) was formed in June 2002 to provide leadership, guidance and marketing expertise towards the region being recognized as a premier sports destination in attracting sporting events and activities to bolster Greater Columbus economically through visitor spending.  Since 2002, it has bid on and brought more than 200 new sporting events to Columbus that have generated an estimated $200 million in visitor spending, while also working to retain annual bid events that have generated an additional $160 million.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Bill Kauffman, Associate Director, Communications – USA Volleyball
(719) 228-6800 bill.kauffman@usav.org

Bruce Wimbish, Greater Columbus Sports Commission
(614) 221-6178 bwimbish@columbussports.org
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