Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and Colorado Springs Sports Corporation (The Sports Corp) continue multi-year partnership to provide opportunities for student-athletes across Colorado to compete for championship titles at some of Colorado’s premier venues, showcasing Colorado Springs as a premier destination for amateur sports.
After successfully hosting the CHSAA Cross Country State Championship at Norris Penrose Event Center in 2019 and 2020, The Sports Corp and CHSAA exponentially increased the partnership and committed to hosting eight (8) state championships at quality venues in the Pikes Peak region including the Broadmoor World Arena, Norris Penrose Event Center, Weidner Field and Memorial Park.
“Historical facilities for championships were not available after the subsequent shutdown and pandemic recovery. Exploring new venues has allowed the association to build and expand upon our amazing partnership with The Sports Corp and Colorado Springs communities," said CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green. “The quality of each venue and the hospitality shown to our athletes and member school communities has been a win-win for showcasing high school postseason events.”
The 2021 Colorado Springs hosted championships 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 (October 30, Norris Penrose Events Center)
Volleyball (November 11-13, Broadmoor World Arena)
Soccer (November 12-13, Weidner Field)
Spirits (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 excellent state championship experiences,” CHSAA assistant commissioner Justin Saylor said. “The support we’ve received from The Sports Corp has made hosting high school events at world-class facilities in Colorado Springs possible.”
Collectively, over the three year partnership, more than 14,500 athletes and 56,700 estimated spectators will have had the opportunity to experience Olympic City, USA and contribute economically to the Colorado Springs community with an estimated 21,000+ hotel room nights.
“The partnership with CHSAA is exactly what The Sports Corp’s mission is about – supporting the growth and development of grassroots sports while highlighting Colorado Springs as the best destination for both community events and amateur and elite sports,” said Megan Leatham, President and CEO of The Sports Corp. “We are thrilled to support CHSAA and the student athletes who have worked hard to earn their shot at the championship title. We look forward to continued partnership in the coming years.”
On top of helping secure venues for CHSAA championship events, The Sports Corp also aided by providing event staff and participant access to local facilities, hotels and restaurants, as well as engagement with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.
Through the support of tremendous community partners, like El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs continues to live up to the legacy of Olympic City, USA. El Pomar generously supported the championships with grant funding as well as serving as the host venue for CHSAA Cross Country Officials meeting, reinforcing the commitment Colorado Springs has to promote and develop amateur sport.
“Working together with El Pomar Foundation and The Sports Corp, we have been able to continue hosting our culminating events at some of the state’s premier athletic facilities and provide the participants with top-notch championship and meeting environments,” CHSAA assistant commissioner Jennifer Roberts-Uhlig said.
Looking forward, The Sports Corp will help provide the same opportunities to continue to bring state championship events to Colorado Springs in coming years. CHSAA has currently committed to returning to Colorado Springs in 2022 to host championships for cross country and tennis.