TEAM Maryland Tuesday: Prince George’s County

Neighboring the Nation’s Capital and home to Olympic gold medalists Brad Schumacher, Mark Henderson and Sugar Ray Leonard, Prince George’s County offers a multitude of sports opportunities to experience the event of a lifetime.  Continue reading

In Maryland, All Athletes Can Find Their Game | Sports Destination Management

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.

Source: In Maryland, All Athletes Can Find Their Game | Sports Destination Management

Frank J. DeFrancis Dash, Jim McKay Maryland Million reviving Racing in Maryland

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.

DeFrancis Dash Pic 1The 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

March Madness in Prince George’s County

It is that time of year again: March Madness spreads south from Baltimore and the Men’s CAA Basketball Tournament to bring the CAA Women’s Championship Tournament back to Prince George’s County.  “This March marks the fifth year the CAA will call The Show Place Arena home to the Championship and throughout the years it has proven to be a great venue and event for women’s basketball,” said Samantha Barany, CAA Assistant Commissioner for Championships.  At the Show Place Arena, the CAA has crowned Champions which have gone on to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament and hosted teams who have won the WNIT tournament.  Show Place Arena has also provided a championship site for athletes who have later been drafted and played in the WNBA.  This year’s tournament, which is set to take place from the 12th through the 15th, promises to be filled with remarkable sights, memorable moments and fun times guaranteed. Continue reading

Wild and Wondrous – The World Cup Watch

In the end, it was Germany hoisting the trophy and ESPN crowing about viewership. But here in Maryland, where soccer enjoys a passionate following (see: Gold Cup, 2013) there were plenty of other big winners. For those who kept spirits high and beverages flowing while the games kept patrons riveted, the 2014 FIFA World Cup was a five week fiesta.

Much of the focus in Baltimore and National Harbor (considered part of the DC demographic) was on the large gatherings in front of jumbo screens during the US matches. You found these along the Potomac at National West Shore Park World CupHarbor, on Westside Park in the Baltimore Inner Harbor, and at Power Plant Live!, the entertainment district just north of the Inner Harbor.

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“Road to Brazil” series ends at FedEx Field

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World Cup Champions, Spain, will take on El Salvador followed by D.C. United against the Columbus Crew

Defending World Cup Champions, Spain, will take on El Salvador in an International Friendly at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The game scheduled for June 7th will feature Spain vs. El Salvador at 4 p.m. and then will conclude with D.C. United taking on the Columbus Crew.

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DMV Elite’s New Memorial Day Tournament

DMV Elite has recently announced a new Memorial Day Basketball tournament, the Memorial Amateurs Championship Tournament also known as The MAC. This tournament is designed to attract teams from across the country to compete for national recognition, exposure and bragging rights.

With this being the first year for The MAC, Director Chris Lawson is looking for it to become a big success, “The MAC is building to become the future largest youth amateur event on the East Coast.” With multiple teams coming from the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area and other teams from  Delaware, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania expected to compete for the trophy, DMV Elite is looking to make this a national tournament with top caliber AAU teams.

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