Celebrate Team USA at the Dallas Sports Festival June 28-July 8
The spirit of the Olympic Movement will roll into Dallas as the Dallas Sports Commission hosts the Dallas Sports Festival from June 28 - July 8. The Dallas Sports Festival is a multi-sport event that will showcase USA Boxing, USA Fencing, USA Volleyball and FIVB World League Volleyball action, including the U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team, along with an Olympic Day celebration.
"We are excited to present the Dallas Sports Festival and celebrate Olympic Day in Dallas," said Monica Paul, Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission. "We are proud to support Team USA on the Road to Rio!"
The Dallas Sports Festival will feature the following competitions and activities:
Olympic Day: A day of family fun, clinics and autograph sessions will take place on Friday, July 1 from 10 am to 5 pm in Hall A of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center with Dallas' Olympic Day celebration. Members of the U.S. Olympic Men's Volleyball Team will appear along with local boxer Errol Spence. Olympic Day will also feature interactive activities from the Dallas Sidekicks, Dallas Stars, FC Dallas, North Texas PGA, Texas Legends, Texas Rangers, The First Tee and more!
Olympic Day on July 1 is free and open to the public. Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual Olympic Day celebration, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games.
FIVB World League Volleyball: Celebrate the United States' birthday by cheering the U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team at its final domestic tournament before the 2016 Olympic Games as Dallas will host the 2015 FIVB World Cup Champion United States, defending Olympic champion Russia, Bulgaria and Australia in FIVB World League matches on July 1-3. Tickets are available at www.dallassportsfestival.com.
The FIVB World League is an elite annual men's volleyball competition in which the best teams in the world compete in pool play matches trying to qualify for the Final Round (July 13-17) and a first-place prize of $1 million. Dallas last hosted World League in 2012 when the U.S. Men hosted France, Italy and Korea and advanced to the Final round where they took the silver medal.
USA Boxing: More than 900 young boxers from across the United States have qualified and registered for the first-ever Prep and Junior Olympic National Championships and Youth Open, June 28-July 2. Athletes ranging in age from eight to 18 will compete in the national championship event.
Local and regional qualifiers took place throughout the country to determine the athletes competing in the bantam, intermediate and junior divisions featuring boxers ages 11-16. With talented male and female athletes of all ages traveling to Texas for the first-time event, the tournament promises outstanding action in every age group. Athletes and coaches will begin arriving in North Texas on June 26 for on-site registration and the tournament draw will take place on June 27 before the start of competition on June 28.
Numerous national champions as well as junior world champions are slated to compete in Dallas.
Tournament action will run through Saturday, July 2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center with two sessions daily at noon and 4 p.m. through July 1. The event will conclude with a final round session at noon on July 2. Admission for the event will be free of charge throughout the week and the full schedule of session times will be available at the start of the tournament.
USA Fencing: The 2016 USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge will take place from June 29 – July 9. The world's largest fencing tournament will feature nearly 100 events with more than 4,000 competitors with more than 10,000 athletes, fans and spectators expected.
Both individual and team events will be contested in all three weapons: epee, foil and saber with national titles awarded in Y10, Y12, Y14, Division IA, Division II, Division III, Senior Team, Veteran 40-49, Vet 50-59, Vet 60-69 and Vet +70 events for both men and women.
The July Challenge will include cadet, junior and Division I events and will be the final tournament for Division I fencers before the Olympic Games are held in Rio de Janeiro.
USA Volleyball: The Dallas Sports Commission and the City of Dallas will host the 2016 USA Volleyball Boys' Junior National Championships (BJNC) at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The event is scheduled to take place June 29-July 6, 2016.
The BJNC attracts 460-plus teams and 5,000-plus athletes. The event will have Open Division titles in each age group from 14 to 18, while offering club titles for each age from 12 to 18. Not only is this a tournament to portray talent from all over the country, it is also a chance for college recruiters to find potential players for their programs.
For more information, please visit www.dallassportsfestival.com