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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sports Tourism World Convenes in Milwaukee April 27-30

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Contact:

Kristin Settle
Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414-477-7202
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Sports Tourism World Convenes in Milwaukee April 27-30

VISIT Milwaukee launches sports tourism video

MILWAUKEE – April 22, 2015 – Milwaukee is the center of the sports tourism world April 27-30 when a record-breaking 800 attendees convene at the Wisconsin Center for the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Sports Event Symposium. 

The annual symposium will attract representatives of 100 nationwide sports event organizations, along with sports event owners and professionals from sports commissions, chambers of commerce, destination marketing organizations, facilities/venues, parks and recreation departments and national governing bodies. 

VISIT Milwaukee estimates that the NASC will result in an economic impact to the Milwaukee area of $1.2 million.

Attendees will participate in finance, sales, marketing and leadership seminars led by national sports tourism experts. Hotels, publications and other third parties that provide products/services to the industry will exhibit in a marketplace.

According to VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO Paul Upchurch, “Milwaukee’s reputation as a great sports destination continues to grow in the competitive sports event market, with groups like USA Triathlon choosing to compete here for an unprecedented third consecutive year in 2015. We look forward to showcasing our combination of first-rate sports facilities, hotels and attractions, along with our own brand of hospitality and fun, to the prestigious NASC.”

To coincide with the NASC event and raise awareness of Milwaukee’s image as a great sports destination, VISIT Milwaukee has released an action-packed new sports video as the sixth installment in its tourism video series. Featuring a range of sports from speed skating, soccer and volleyball, to hockey, golf and USA Triathlon, the video showcases indoor and outdoor facilities, as well as the hotels, restaurants and city amenities that make for a great all-round sports package in Milwaukee.

Click here for more information on the NASC and the Sports Event Symposium.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

USA Fencing Wheelchair National Championships /April North American Cup April 17-20

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Contact:

Nicole Jomantas

USA Fencing Communications Manager
Cell: 719.761.7909
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Or:

Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee, PR Dept.
414-287-4232
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USA Fencing Wheelchair National Championships /April North American Cup April 17-20

Competitors in epee, foil and saber events at Wisconsin Center

MILWAUKEE – April 15, 2015 – More than 1,400 athletes will travel to Milwaukee from April 17-20 to compete in USA Fencing’s Wheelchair National Championships and April North American Cup. Competition will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center with free admission to the public.

National Championship titles will be on the line for 2016 Paralympic hopefuls in the wheelchair fencing events, which also serve as final qualifying events for the 2015 Wheelchair World Championships.

The field is headlined by a 2012 Paralympic teammates Joey Brinson (Florence, Miss.) and four-time Paralympian Gerard Moreno (Los Angeles, Calif).Brinson won silver in the saber competition in 2014, while Moreno took silver in foil. Both athletes are aiming to return home with gold this year.

The women’s wheelchair events will crown a trio of first-time National Champions as none of the previous gold medalists will be in attendance. Former NAC Champions Lauryn DeLuca (Parma, Ohio), Vikki Espinosa (Portland, Ore.) and Patricia Dykes (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) will all be in contention.

Prior to the wheelchair competition, a clinic for first-time wheelchair military fencers will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Wisconsin Center. Funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs, the clinic is open to veterans, active duty military and others with physical disabilities.

The April NAC portion of the tournament will include events for athletes ages Y10, Y12, Y14 and Division II. In addition to individual events, for the second time, the NAC will include team competitions for Y14 fencers in each of the six weapons.

VISIT Milwaukee estimates that this four-day event will have an economic impact of $1.9 million.

Click here to view the competition schedule for the April NAC and Wheelchair National Championships.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Butterfly Badger Open Table Tennis Comes to Milwaukee in September

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Linda Leaf, IU, CR, ITTF Level II Coach
President, Milwaukee Table Tennis Club
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414-281-3123

Or:

Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee, PR Dept.
414-287-4232
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Butterfly Badger Open Table Tennis Comes to Milwaukee in September

Players from around the country to compete 9/18-20

MILWAUKEE – March 31, 2015 – An estimated 300 top table tennis players, including some of the best players in the country, are expected in Milwaukee for the Butterfly Badger Open at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex at 6000 W. Ryan Road in Franklin from September 18-20, 2015.

Sanctioned by USA Table Tennis and one of the largest table tennis tournaments of its kind, the Butterfly Badger Open participates in the Midwest Circuit and Butterfly North American Tour and offers $10,000 in prize money to the winners.

Along with the speed and excitement of the nation’s best players on the 40+ tables of the sports complex, fun events for recreational players and corporate teams, including 51-Point Handicap and Hardbat, are also included in the 27 events.

For more information, please see: www.badgeropen.com, www.milwaukeettc.org, and www.nytta.us

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

USA Powerlifting High School National Championships this weekend

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For more information:

Tonya Lambeth, WHSPA
(262) 994-6318
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Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee, PR Dept.
414-287-4232
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USA Powerlifting High School National Championships this weekend

Teams from around the country to compete 3/27-29

MILWAUKEE – March 24, 2015 – More than 360 high school powerlifters and up to 900 spectators per day are expected at the USA Powerlifting High School National Championships at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport March 27-29.

Hosted by the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA), the event will attract teams from Milwaukee to Los Angeles and from around the country.During the competition, scoring is done within weight classes for girls and boys and involves the combined total of the highest achieved attempt of each of the three lifts: squat, bench and deadlift. 

A unique combination of determination and strength, the sport of powerlifting provides the opportunity to become more confident at an individual activity, while still contributing team points.  

Many of the top finishers in this competition will receive a nomination to the national sub-junior team, which will compete in Prague, Czech Republic at the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships in September. Last season, Wisconsin contributed eight team members to the national team. At least one member of the national team coaching staff is also from Wisconsin. 

In 2013, the WHSPA submitted a bid to host this event in Milwaukee and was thrilled to win out over Orlando.  The goal of the WHSPA was to bring the competition back to the north and utilize an experienced event crew that has ran 50+ powerlifting competitions in the Milwaukee and Racine area over the past 30 years. 

The event is open to the public. Daily admission fees run from $8-$12 and weekend passes are available. For more information on the WHSPA and to experience high school powerlifting at its best,see: http://wiusapl.org/?page_id=403

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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