TOPEKA, Kan. – Visit Topeka Inc. and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation are pleased to announce that Topeka has been named the host of the 2014 United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Fastpitch Softball World Series. The tournament will be held July 17-19, 2014 at Bettis Family Sports Complex, Lake Shawnee Girls Softball Complex and Rueger Softball Complex. The USSSA Fastpitch World Series is the Class C championship tournament for girl’s fastpitch softball, ages 14, 16, 18 and under, and is hosted by Midwest Sports Productions (MSP).
“MSP is ecstatic to bring a World Series event to Topeka for the first time,” said Jeremy McDowell, USSSA Kansas fastpitch state director and director of MSP. “We have had many successful events in Topeka where our girls have had a blast; it is exciting to be able to bring such a large event to Topeka where the girls and their families can enjoy their time on the field and at the various activities planned for them while they are visiting. MSP is honored to be working with the City and Visit Topeka to put on a successful event in July.”
85 teams are expected to play in this three-day tournament, bringing more than 1,100 players from the Midwest to compete in Topeka. According to USSSA, typically 2.5 fans or family members will travel with each player to the World Series, which will bring an additional 2,750 visitors. The estimated economic impact from this event to the Topeka business community is $1.5 million.
“Visit Topeka is excited to work together with USSSA and MSP on another great event,” said Terry Cook, president of Visit Topeka. “Although Topeka has hosted several USSSA events in recent years, this is the first time we’ve had the World Series. The high caliber events Topeka has attracted is a testament to the quality of Topeka’s sporting facilities and the wonderful service our visitors receive.”
“It’s an honor to host the 2014 USSSA Fastpitch Softball World Series. Shawnee County Parks and Recreation has excellent playing facilities, and great parks and leisure activities for the players and their families to enjoy,” said John Knight, director of Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.
As Topeka’s official destination marketing organization, Visit Topeka Inc. is dedicated to improving the area economy through marketing the region as an exceptional destination for meetings, events, sports and tourism. Visit Topeka Inc. is committed to advocating for community development that will not only attract more visitors, but will enhance the community’s quality of life. Go to VisitTopeka.com for more information.
The United States Specialty Sports Association, headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, is the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including baseball, fastpitch, slow pitch, karate, basketball, soccer and more. For information on USSSA, visit USSSA.com.