United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Girls Fastpitch National Championships will bring 60 teams from ten states to Lawrence beginning July 20. The week-long agenda of games will culminate in the Championship game on Saturday, July 25. The girls (ages 14 and under) and their family members will mean about 2200 people will be visiting Lawrence for this event, said Bob Sanner, eXplore Lawrence.
As organizer of the event, Sanner said the national championship games draw teams from Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Oklahoma, Minnesota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Kansas. “In hosting this event, Lawrence gains the revenue of 1100 hotel room nights booked and the players and families will have the opportunity to dine, shop and explore Lawrence during their six-day visit.”
Midwest USSSA National Championships will be held at Clinton Lake Sports Complex throughout the week from Monday through Saturday. The public is invited to attend the games. There is an admission fee.
The tournament’s Opening Ceremonies will begin with a Player Party & Social kick off outside the Lied Center on Monday. Entertainment includes comedian and magician, Thomas Burgoon.
The Lawrence Aquatic Center will host all the team members for a social event on Wednesday evening that will include lots of music, fun, water and sun. Teams are encouraged to bring a pop-up tent and decorate it with a Luau theme, complete with costumes and party favors. Prizes will be awarded for the top three team tents.
(Sept. 10, 2015)