With topography as varied as the U.S. itself, Maryland is primed and ready to host any event a sports planner has in mind. From mountain biking and whitewater kayaking in Western Maryland, to marlin fishing in Ocean City, to soccer in the plethora of sports-field complexes spread across the state, to cheerleading and gymnastics events in the Baltimore City and Ocean City Convention Centers, to indoor or outdoor tennis complexes to baseball in no less than nine minor league ballparks and more, the state has much to offer. It’s also accessible to travelers using any mode of transportation. In short, according to Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, it’s a perfect location, and one planners should be considering in their site selection decisions.
This summer the world is watching Rio, and we at Maryland Sports are no different. 12 Marylanders are competing in the Olympics, 11 for Team USA and one for Team Jamaica. From the opening
ceremony we could see the presence of our Maryland Olympians when Michael Phelps (Baltimore) led Team USA in the parading of countries carrying the American Flag.
In the opening days of competition, our Maryland athletes started off with a bang. On Saturday, Toni Ann Williams competed for Team Jamaica (Randallstown) in gymnastics for her first ever Olympic games. Angel McCoughtry (Baltimore) led Team USA Basketball to a win in the first round against Senegal 121-56. Aaron Russell (Ellicott City) and USA Indoor Volleyball lost to Canada, but will look to comeback for a win on August 9 against Italy.
But it was our swimmers, who opened the Olympics with a wave of medals. Chase Kalisz (Bel Air) won a silver medal in the 400 meter IM. Katie Ledecky (Bethesda) brought home gold in the 400 meter freestyle and silver in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay. But she did so much more than win gold, she smashed her own world record by TWO seconds! And last, but certainly not least, Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic gold medal when he led his teammates to a first place finish in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay.
Congratulations to all our Maryland athletes, and we can’t wait to continue watching your successes in Rio!
Last weekend, Under Armor and Corrigan Sports help execute another flawless weekend of lacrosse that highlighted the best players in the country at three different ages. The weekend featured the Under Armour All-American games, which showcases the top 44 recent graduates from the North and South for both men’s and women’s lacrosse. Then the usual Under Armour Underclassmen games were split this year into two division Command and Highlight. The command division was created to include rising high school freshman and also included rising sophomores from 11 regions. While the highlight division, featured the top rising juniors and seniors from the same 11 regions. The 11 regions are Baltimore, Long Island, Midwest, New England, New Jersey, Philadelphia, South, Southwest, Upstate New York, DC, and West. Throughout the whole weekend, over 1000 athletes competed in this wonderful event put on by Corrigan Sports and Under Armour.
Just last year, on November 8, 2015 the 2nd Annual Across the Bay 10K took place in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s counties catering to 25,000 participants. Last year the race became the 6th largest 10K event in the United States and one of the only races in the world that allow runners to cross an iconic bridge. Continue reading
Laxin’ Out Loud is a girls youth lacrosse tournament hosted by Top of the Bay Lacrosse at Calvert and Cedar Lane Regional Parks. Cecil and Harford Counties- the locations of both parks- played hosts to around 6,000 avid girls lacrosse players and their families, mainly from the Mid-Atlantic states. My fellow summer intern Adam and I were offered the opportunity to work the tournament at Calvert Regional Sports Park, getting to experience first hand everything that goes into executing a well run tournament. One of our TEAM Maryland partners, Cindy Cantor with Cecil County Parks & Recreation, took Adam and I under her wing as we got to witness first hand the fruits of her labor- securing the land, developing a site plan, building Calvert Regional and recruiting events- come to fruition.
With the start of summer officially around the corner, lacrosse tournaments around the state of Maryland are heating up. Different parts around the United States are well-known for certain sports, and in the Mid-Atlantic area lacrosse is certainly the sport to watch. In early June, major lacrosse tournaments took place where young players could develop their skills and display their skills in front of college coaches.
One of the tournaments that were held earlier this month was the Salisbury Summer Face-off. It featured different age groups for both boys and girls. James Simmons who is the Assistant Tourism Manager for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism mentioned, “The great thing about this event is the venue. The games will take place at Salisbury University – who just won the DIII Men’s Lacrosse National Championship, their 11th Lacrosse National Championship within the last 25 years. It is a phenomenal experience for these teams to get to play on the same facilities that such a storied program plays on as well. That has been a great draw for the event. Everyone knows about Salisbury Lacrosse and it is paying dividends for the event. They know that they could be the next one spotted by the legendary Coach Berkman.”
The Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash, a yearly event at Laurel Park racetrack, ran on November 14th in Prince George’s County. Hailed as one of the most elite sprints in the country, the DeFrancis Dash features top thoroughbred horses age three and older competing over a distance of six furlongs. Saturday marked the 24th running of the Memorial Dash.
The race was named after the late Frank J. DeFrancis, who had taken over as Chief Executive Officer of Laurel Park racetrack in 1984. As CEO of the racetrack, he was determined to change the magnitude and impact of thoroughbred racing in Maryland. The year following his death in 1989, the first inaugural DeFrancis Dash was created in 1990 and held at the Pimlico Race Course. The following year the “Dash” was moved to Laurel Park, and every year since then, has been a huge success. Continue reading