Sports Update January 2014
We feel pretty lucky to call the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region home, as there’s always something happening in the world of sports. It seems that almost every weekend (regardless of the weather) there’s a 5K being ran somewhere, or a roller derby bout to see, or a mountain bike race to ride in. It can be hard to stay on top of all that is going on, so that’s why we’re starting these monthly updates, highlighting some of the sports events of Eugene, Cascades and the Coast (or providing a recap on recent events).
This first update focuses on three volleyball tournaments coming to Eugene and Springfield that are expected to bring thousands of players, not to mention their families, coaches, and fans.
Oregon MLK Team Classic January 18 – 20, 2014, Moshofsky Sports Center (University of Oregon) It’s the fifth year for the MLK Team Classic, and every year this tournament continues to grow in both quality and quantity. The Moshofsky Sports Center (or “The Mo Center”) at the University of Oregon is transformed from an indoor football practice facility to a massive indoor volleyball arena with 16 courts. Additional indoor courts on the UO campus are used for practice. 2014 is the largest tournament yet, with over 180 teams in the U16 and U18 age groups. Numerous college recruiters will also be in Eugene to watch these teams from around the country compete.
YESS MLK Freedom Weekend Tournament January 18 – 20, 2014, Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation Eugene isn’t the only place with volleyball over MLK weekend, as Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation in Springfield plays host to the inaugural YESS MLK Freedom Weekend Tournament. Youth Education and Sports Services (YESS) is putting on this tournament with 30 teams expected to play from around the region in the U11, U12, U13, and U14 age groups.
CEVA President’s Day Weekend Tournament February 15 – 17, 2014, Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation, Springfield High School, and Agnes Stewart Middle School The CEVA President’s Day Tournament returns to Springfield for its second year. It’s expected to draw around 120 club-level U14 and U16 teams. Special prizes are awarded to the team that serves as a model of sportsmanship and spirit based on a number of factors, including positive attitude, creative cheers, historically themed costumes (including powdered wigs and Lincoln beards) and even reciting the Gettysburg Address.
About the author: Jessica Chestnut is the Social Media and PR Manager for Convention and Sports. Although she’s only been in Lane County since 2008, there’s nowhere else in Oregon she would rather be. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, snowboarding, camping, floating the McKenzie, watching college football, enjoying local microbrews and spending time with her husband and puppy.