By David Babner | Congratulations Columbus!
We like to think every day is an exciting day to be in Columbus, but last Tuesday proved that to be true. If you haven’t heard by now, the NCAA awarded Columbus 12 Championship events between 2019-2022, the second-highest total in the country. Now that we’ve finished our just-made-the-winning shot moves, we’re often asked what happens behind the scenes to land these events. Well, get comfy, because we’re going to take you through the bid process.
The process to bid on the events spanned almost an entire year, with all bids due in August 2016. The Greater Columbus Sports Commission collaborated with host institutions, hotels and facilities to complete each bid.
The weather has finally broke, and we’re past the days of cold and snow (hopefully)! What better way to enjoy Spring in Columbus by attending these upcoming sporting events:
Columbus Blue Jackets in the Stanley Cup Playoffs
My name is Katie Smith and I want to share my feelings about two of my greatest loves: basketball and Columbus.
By Lynsey Warren | As the Head Coach of Ohio Dominican Women’s Basketball and the 2017 Elite Eight Tournament Director, I am SO thrilled that the big week is finally upon us! We have known that the NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Elite 8 was coming to Ohio Dominican University (ODU) and Columbus for over three years now. My excitement, the excitement of our university community and the excitement of all our partners throughout Columbus has grown tremendously in the time leading up to this event. Having grown up on the north side of Columbus and spent a majority of my coaching career right here in the city, I have a deep appreciation for everything the city has to offer.
We have the greatest state institution in the country in The Ohio State University along with tremendous smaller, liberal arts universities like ODU. We have world-class businesses such as Nationwide Insurance and Cardinal Health, among many others. We have beautiful city neighborhoods in Clintonville, the Short North and German Village. We host world-renowned events like The Arnold Classic, The Memorial and numerous NCAA Championship events brought to Columbus through the hard work of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. There are countless reasons as to why these institutions, neighborhoods and events thrive, but at the core, it is the spirit of the people here.
By Steve Wartenberg | Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther grew up on fields, diamonds and courts. “If you wanted to find me during the course of the year, go to the fields at the Park of Roses,” said Ginther, who grew up in the Clintonville section of the city. He played football, basketball, volleyball and baseball at Whetstone High, and football at Earlham College.
So, it’s no surprise Ginther is a sports fan, as well as a fan of how sports have helped build Columbus’s national/international reputation and have contributed to the city’s quality of life and impressive economic growth. The Greater Columbus Sports Commission (GCSC) had a chance to sit down with the Mayor recently and talk about, well, sports of course. We didn’t even have to ask a question; Ginther got going…
By Steve Wartenberg | Something magical is happening at St. John Arena.
The Ohio State men’s volleyball team is undefeated and riding a 36-match winning streak. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 in the nation, are the defending national champions and feature two of the premier players in the country: Nicolas Szerszen (the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year and All America First Team) and Miles Johnson (an AVCA All America First Team and 2016 NCAA Tournament MVP).
By Steve Wartenberg | These Girls Have Game was the theme of the 7th Annual Women’s Sports Report and, well, they sure do, from the youth to the high school, college and professional levels.
By Steve Wartenberg | One of the great things about sports is there’s always next season.
Well, next season – the 2017 every-conceivable-sports season in Columbus – is upon us. And, what a year this year will be, with many of the biggest individual stars, teams and events coming to the Midwest’s sports super city.
By Steve Wartenberg | Donald Anthony was hooked on fencing when he first learned to lunge, parry and riposte at the age of 8 in his hometown of Cleveland.
“I love the opportunity to constantly learn and perfect your technique,” said Anthony, 59, who helped lead the resurgence of American fencing, first as a competitor, and in recent years as president and chairman of the board of USA Fencing.