ST. LOUIS – Dec. 4, 2014 – USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee have awarded the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for men’s gymnastics and the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships for women to St. Louis. The events will take place at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University June 23-26, 2016. The St. Louis Sports Commission will serve as the host organization for the four-day competition. It partnered with Global Spectrum, managers of Chaifetz Arena, to bring the events to the region.
“As an organization dedicated to celebrating St. Louis’ Olympic legacy, the Sports Commission is honored to host the nation’s top gymnasts prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” said Sports Commission President Frank Viverito. “We have great memories of the 2000 and 2012 national championships held in St. Louis and we look forward to working with our colleagues at Chaifetz Arena to deliver two exceptional events.”
For the first time, USA Gymnastics is conducting its women’s national championships and the men’s Olympic Trials at the same site. The men’s Olympic Trials and junior men’s national championships will occur June 23 and 25. The P&G Championships, staged on June 24 and 26, determines the women who will compete in the women’s trials, as well as the national champions and national teams for junior and senior women.
The U.S. Olympic Trials for women’s gymnastics take place two weeks later in San Jose, Calif. USA Gymnastics has structured its national championships and trials schedule to best identify and prepare its athletes for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
For St. Louis, this marks the first time the region is hosting the men’s Olympic Trials for gymnastics. It’s the third time St. Louis is site of USA Gymnastics’ national championships.
“We have the highest level of confidence in St. Louis to host a great Olympic Trials for the men,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Our record of success with events in St. Louis is solid, and the team of professionals leading the effort is among the best in the business.”
Global Spectrum’s Jim Wynkoop, general manager of Chaifetz Arena, said, “We are excited about the P&G Championships returning to St. Louis and welcoming the men’s Olympic Team Trials. We feel confident about building on the 2012 national championships to help make these two events successful.”
At the 2012 Games in London, Team USA tallied six medals in gymnastics – three gold, one silver and two bronze. Highlights included the women’s team capturing a gold medal, Gabrielle Douglas taking home the gold in the women’s all-around, Aly Raisman winning the gold in the floor exercise and the balance beam bronze, McKayla Maroney claiming the vault silver, and Danell Leyva earning the men’s all-around bronze medal.
Tickets for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and P&G Championships will be announced in 2015. For more information, visit www.usagym.org.
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EVENT BENEFITS THE ST. LOUIS AREA FOODBANK AND THE
ST. LOUIS COMMISSION’S SPORTSMANSHIP FOUNDATION
ST. LOUIS – Oct. 17, 2014 – St. Louis Rams fans and food connoisseurs will have the opportunity to meet 2014 Rams
players and savor delicacies from some of the region’s top chefs at the 12th Annual Taste of the NFL on Monday, Oct. 20 at the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
The event features more than 20 St. Louis-area restaurants preparing signature dishes for attendees to enjoy, and provides fans the chance to meet and mingle with current Rams players and cheerleaders, who will sign autographs and take photos. Taste of the NFL also includes a silent auction featuring autographed sports memorabilia, exclusive ticket packages, original artwork and hospitality packages. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The St. Louis Sports Commission and the Foodbank partner with the Rams to produce this annual event. Rams General Manager Les Snead, and his wife Kara Henderson Snead join St. Louis chef Gerard Craft in co-chairing the premier food and wine tasting extravaganza in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS – Sept. 24, 2014 – One of the most respected personalities in sports is being recognized with the ultimate award for sportsmanship. Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre will receive the inaugural Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship at the Musial Awards in St. Louis on Saturday, Nov. 22.
Hosted annually at the Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis, the Musial Awards – presented by Maryville University – honor Stan Musial’s legacy by celebrating the greatest moments of sportsmanship from around the country. The event showcases remarkable stories of character, kindness, selflessness and integrity – qualities Musial, one of the all-time greatest baseball players, represented.
THREE AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLIFYING CLASS AND CHARACTER ON THE PLAYING FIELD
ST. LOUIS – June 12, 2014 – Erin Birschbach, Kayla Hezel, and Kenny Pleimann are the recipients of the 2014 Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded by the St. Louis Sports Commission’s young professional group, the Sports Commission Associates.
Birschbach, a 2014 graduate of Fox High School and incoming student at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., will receive a $5,000 award to apply to higher education expenses. Hezel and Pleimann will each receive $1,500 scholarship awards. Hezel graduated from Mehlville High School and is attending the University of Missouri. Pleimann graduated from St. John Vianney High School and is enrolled at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. A photo of the scholarship recipients is available at https://stlsports.org/2014-carl-fricks-sportsmanship-scholarship-recipients/.
EVENT WILL MAKE ITS FIRST-EVER APPEARANCE IN THE GATEWAY CITY
ST. LOUIS – May 29, 2014 – The Southeastern Conference’s footprint is all the more ingrained in St. Louis this week following Tuesday night’s momentous basketball tournament announcement. At the SEC’s annual spring meetings in Destin, Fla., Commissioner Mike Slive announced that the league’s directors of athletics unanimously approved St. Louis to host the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2018. The event will take place March 7-11, 2018 at Scottrade Center.
The Sports Commission Associates selected three high school seniors from St. Louis to receive their 2014 Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarships. Pictured from left to right are Kenny Pleimann, Kayla Hezel, Erin Birschbach and Sports Commission Foundation Director Solomon Alexander.
CLICK HERE to view bios of the 2014 Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship recipients.
CLICK HERE to view bios of past Sportsmanship Scholarship recipients.
Madison Keys, Varvara Lepchenko, and Christina McHale also named to team
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 9, 2014 — The USTA and U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez today announced that world No. 18 and 2013 Australian Open semifinalist Sloane Stephens, No. 42 Madison Keys, No. 49 Varvara Lepchenko and No. 57 Christina McHale will represent the United States in the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff against France. The best-of-five match series will be played at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University, April 19-20. The winner will advance to the 2015 World Group and have a chance to compete for the Fed Cup title next year. The loser will be relegated to World Group II.
French Captain Amelie Mauresmo announced that France’s team will consist of world No. 22 Alize Cornet, No. 74 Caroline Garcia, No. 76 Virginie Razzano and No. 87 Kristina Mladenovic.
MATCHES TO BE PLAYED AT CHAIFETZ ARENA ON THE CAMPUS OF SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 21, AT 10 A.M. CT FOR BEST-OF-FIVE MATCH SERIES
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 13, 2014 – The USTA today announced that Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University has been selected as the site for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff between the United States and France, April 19-20. Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international women’s team competition (96 countries entered in 2014).
The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, April 19, with two singles matches and is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, April 20. Matches will be played on an indoor hard court.
The U.S.-France winner will advance to the 2015 World Group and have a chance to compete for the Fed Cup title next year. The loser will be relegated to World Group II. The U.S. has competed in the World Group in 41 of 42 Fed Cup competitions (all but 2012) and is 3-1 in World Group Playoff matches.
“This is the first time we are playing Fed Cup in St. Louis, so I am really looking forward to competing there next month in front of an enthusiastic and patriotic home crowd,” said Mary Joe Fernandez, who is in her sixth year as the U.S. Fed Cup captain. “We have veteran players in Serena and Venus Williams who are available to play, as well as many strong, up-and-coming young Americans who are always excited to compete for their country. The tennis will be fantastic, from both the U.S. and France, so we are excited to have the city of St. Louis behind us.”
SELECTED CITIES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER
ST. LOUIS – Jan. 27, 2014 – The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced that St. Louis is among the finalist cities to host a future Men’s Final Four. St. Louis made the initial cut to be one of eight communities in the running for the event during its next open cycle – 2017 to 2020.
REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL EVENTS
ST. LOUIS – Jan. 16, 2014 – On Saturday, Feb. 8, a series of special events will mark the opening of the new I-70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge spanning the Mississippi River. Participants will have an opportunity to run, walk or bike across the new bridge, which will open to traffic on Sunday, Feb. 9, in time to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis. Read More