A Columbus Blue Jackets Blessings in a Backpack Night!

To participate, order your tickets through Amy Zwiezinski, (937) 578-3332 or email her at lilone775@hotmail.com. All orders must be received by Friday, February 24!

Tickets start at only $26.00! Everyone gets a CBJ hat and you can enter a raffle to be 1 of 10 people who will be watching the CBJ as they warm-up while sitting on their bench! A great game which benefits a great cause!

A portion of the ticket sales proceeds will go to support efforts to bring the amazing Blessings in a Backpack program to Ohio. The Blessings in a Backpack charity provides elementary school children who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods.

To participate, order your tickets through Amy Zwiezinski, (937) 578-3332 or email her at lilone775@hotmail.com.  All orders must be received by Friday, February 24!

About Blessings in a Backpack:
There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans, and lower academic achievement. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 55,000 children in 318 schools in 37 U.S. states and three countries.  
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Mid-America Wheelchair Basketball Conference Tournament in Columbus, February 25-26

The Buckeye Wheelers would like to invite you to attend the MAWBC Tournament.  Come watch some of the most talented wheelchair basketball players in the Midwest compete for the Mid-America Wheelchair Basketball Conference Championship.  Both days will be fast, action-packed, and exciting!  Our conference proudly boasts two USA Pralympian basketball players and four Top 25 Division III ranked teams. Don’t miss a chance to watch wheelchair basketball at its finest!   

MAWBC, February 25-26

Participating Teams: Bay City Thunder and Lightning, Turnstone Bandits, Moraine Minutemen, Buckeye Wheelers, Pittsburgh Steel Wheelers and Rochester Wheels.

For more information visit: http://www.ohwcsports.org/BuckeyeWheelers.htm

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PBA Tour Returns to Columbus with Ricart Ford Open

                    Presented by Columbia 300 at Sequoia Pro Bowl from Feb. 16-19

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour returns to Sequoia Pro Bowl in Columbus for the fifth season with Columbus’ own and PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb competing. The Ricart Ford Open, presented by Columbia 300, will be conducted Feb. 16-19 at Sequoia Pro Bowl and will be a showcase of emerging international talent competing on Tour this year.  Eight countries (Australia, Canada Colombia, England, Finland, Sweden, Venezuela and the U.S.) will be represented.

Kicking off the tournament weekend on Feb. 16 will be the fourth annual Don Johnson Memorial fundraising event benefiting juvenile diabetes and Nationwide Children’s Hospital of Columbus, which has raised over $110,000 in the past three years of the event. The tournament also features a lineup of pro-ams on Feb. 17, during which local bowlers can sign-up for a night of bowling and fun with the PBA stars.

Tickets for Thursday nights Carni-bowl Fundraiser, Saturday Qualifying Rounds, Sunday Match Play Rounds and the Sunday night Xtra Frame stepladder style Finals are available in person at Sequoia Pro Bowl or on line at SequoiaProBowl.com or PBA.com.  You can enter Pro Ams at www.SequoiaProBowl.com or in person at the lanes.

The Competition

Two of the top-ranked players in the world are from Finland – reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi and recent PBA World Championship winner Osku Palermaa. Koivuniemi will be trying for his 10th PBA Tour title and Palermaa his third.

Palermaa is also one of three players on Tour using the unique two-handed delivery which Jason Belmonte of Australia made famous in 2009 when he became the first player to use the unique delivery to win a PBA Tour event. The other two-hander on Tour is former Junior Team USA member Brian Valenta of Lockport, Ill.

Battling the growing contingent of international players competing on the PBA Tour will be the best from the U.S. including Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III, Amleto Monacelli and Columbus’ own Wayne Webb.

Other stars entered to compete are former PBA Players of the Year Chris Barnes and Patrick Allen.  Also competing will be Mike Fagan who won the recent Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels USBC Masters for his third career title and first major.  Barnes will be returning as a fan favorite having won two of the four PBA events previously held at Sequoia Pro Bowl.

When the PBA Tour last visited Columbus in 2010, Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, won his eighth career title and second of the 2009-10 season in the Don Johnson Eliminator final surviving a 10th-frame error to edge home-state favorite Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 206-195, in the championship match.

The Ricart Ford Open is one of four Tour events that will be streamed live on pba.com’s Xtra Frame, which complements the Tour’s coverage on ESPN for the 2011-12 season.  Xtra Frame subscription information is available by visiting pba.com.  The event mark’s Ricart Ford’s fourth year of involvement with the tournament and first year as title sponsor. 

PBA Ricart Ford Open Presented by Columbia 300 Schedule

Friday, Feb. 17

Noon – 1 p.m. – A Squad Practice

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – B Squad Practice

Pro-ams: 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18

9 a.m. – A Squad Qualifying (9 Games)

4 p.m. – B Squad Qualifying (9 Games)

*Cut to top 24

Sunday, Feb. 19

9 a.m. – Match Play Round 1 (6 Games)

1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Match Play Round 2 (7 Games)

*Cut to top four for Xtra Frame finals

6 p.m. – Xtra Frame Stepladder Finals
About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,800 of the best bowlers from 13 countries who compete in PBA Tour, Regional and Senior Tour events. Nearly one million ESPN viewers watch PBA Tour on Sundays during the tour season and thousands watch PBA activities online by using PBA’s video streaming service, Xtra Frame. PBA sponsors include Bayer, Brunswick, Budweiser, GEICO, Alka-Selzer Plus, Pepsi-Cola and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to www.pba.com or contact Tim Voss at Sequoia Lanes & The VolleyPark at tvoss@sequoiaprobowl.com.

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The New Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon

Last week, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission had the chance to be at the press conference  where the Columbus Marathon made a big announcement that it would now be named after its title beneficiary and called the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and 1/2 Marathon in honor of patients of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

It’s been a great two months for the Marathon as they go into their 33rd year.  In addition to their recent announcement, in December, the marathon released the results of a study by the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University that shows the 2011 event’s economic impact totaled more than $13 million and $154 million since its inception in 1980.  The four categories measured were: participant and guest expenditures, vendor expenditures, marathon event budget and economic benefit of increased fitness levels.

Registration is now open for the 2012 Marathon, which will be held on October 21. Did you know that for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon that:

  • Nationwide has been partner of the Columbus Marathon from the beginning
  • Runners World magazine ranked the Columbus Marathon as one of the top 20 marathons in the country (out of more than 400 marathons)
  • USA Today ranked the Columbus Marathon as one of the Top 10 fall marathons
  • The Columbus Marathon is in the top 10 marathon events for the number of Boston Marathon qualifiers it produces and is the number one Boston Marathon feeder in Ohio.
  • More than 17,000 runners participated in the 2011 run.
  • Four host hotels sellout a total of about 1,000 hotel room nights that weekend.

Columbus continues to be a leading sports destination, in part because of its racing community, with two signature running events with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon and the Cap City Half Marathon along a new triathalon with the Giant Eagle MultiSport Festival last year.

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Volunteer for the Arnold Sports Festival

Volunteer opportunities for the 2012 Arnold Sports Festival include:
VIP Motorcoach Ambassadors and Ticket/Wristband Exchange Ambassadors.

Compliments of Volunteering: VIP Motorcoach Ambassadors will receive a fleece vest and Ticket/Wristband Exchange Ambassadors will receive an Ambassador t-shirt. All volunteers will receive a 3-day wristband and complimentary parking during their volunteer shift.

Interested volunteers can learn more and sign-up by clicking here.

The Arnold Sports Festival, co-produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer, is the largest multi-sport Festival in the nation. The event features 18,000 athletes competing in more than 45 sports and events, including 9 Olympic sports. The three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO at the Greater Columbus Convention Center features more than 700 exhibit booths offering the latest in fitness apparel, equipment, training tools and nutrition. Attendees from more than 70 countries travel to Columbus to experience the greatest sport-fitness experience of their life! 

New for 2012: U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team Trials for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Stay updated with the Arnold Sports Festival via Facebook, Twitter and Blog.

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Join us for our 2nd annual The Women’s Sports Report, presented by Key4Women

February 1, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
The River Club at Confluence Park

The Women’s Sports Report celebrates the athletic successes of women and girls in Central Ohio. This year’s event coincides with the 26th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day and 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of Title IX in schools across the country.

Learn more about the this year’s theme and guests speakers by clicking here!

Reserve your seat or table here by January 20!

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The 2011 USFTL 37th Annual State of Ohio Championships in Columbus this weekend

The 2011 USFTL 37th Annual State of Ohio                                                                        Championships will take place this Saturday and Sunday at Berliner Park. To learn more about the United States Flag and Touch Football League and find out how to participate in their events check out their website www.usftl.com.

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