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					May 2009                                                                                                                E-NEWSLETTER




 Assistant Director Hired                            MSHSAA Brings Golf,
 For Sports Commission                            Tennis, Baseball to Springfield
     Melissa Divincen has joined the
 Greater Springfield Area Sports Commis-              The Missouri State High School           Activities organized by MSHSAA
 sion as assistant director.                     Activities Association just completed    include academic competitions, base-
                        Divincen will be         its Boys Golf Championships at           ball, basketball, sideline cheerleading,
                     responsible for member-     Rivercut Golf Course and tennis at       cross country, dance/pom team, field
                     ship sales and will serve   Cooper Tennis Complex in Spring-         hockey, 11-man football, 8-man foot-
                     as a member liaison,        field.                                   ball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, music
                     along with other duties.         The next MSHSAA event in the        activities, soccer, softball, speech and
                        “I think there’s a lot   city is the Boys Baseball Champion-      debate, swimming and diving, tennis,
                     of opportunity to grow      ships June 3-6.                          track and field, volleyball, water polo,
                     memberships,” she said.          Bobbi Box, executive director       winter guard and wrestling.
   Melissa Divincen     Her previous experi-     of the Greater Springfield Area               The association, which includes
                    ence includes a market-      Sports Commission, said she’s            dozens of Missouri high schools,
 ing internship at Barrett Restaurant Corp.      pleased organizers chose Spring-         “promotes the value of participation,
 at Lake of the Ozarks. She also worked as       field for the events.                    sportsmanship, team play and per-
 a manager and server for the company.                “Springfield has excellent sports   sonal excellence to develop citizens
      Divincen has been active in sports         facilities and fields, and I’m sure      who make positive contributions to
 all her life, including tennis, soccer,         MSHSAA organizers have been              their community and support the
 gymnastics and ping pong.                       pleased with them,” Box said.            democratic principles of our state
     She earned a bachelor’s degree in                                                    and nation.”
 business marketing and minor in global
 studies from Drury University in 2009.
      While at Drury, she was active in
 Students in Free Enterprise, Delta Delta
 Delta and was Panhellenic president.
                                                  Greater Springfield Area        Upcoming Sports Events
                                                    Sports Commission
      She grew up at Lake of the Ozarks                                         Thru September–Springfield Cardinals 2009 Season
 and is a 2005 graduate of Camdenton                 815 E. St. Louis St.       May 28-30–Missouri Special Olympics Summer Games
 High School.                                       Springfield, MO 65806
                                                                                June 3-6–MSHSAA Baseball Championships
      To contact Divincen, call 881-5300,        Phone: 417-869-PLAY (7529)     June 3-7—2009 Southwest Missouri Senior Games
 Ext. 116, or send e-mail to                         Fax: 417-881-7201
                                                                                June 6-13—Missouri Youth Soccer Association State Cup
 mdivincen@springfieldmo.org.
                                                         Web site:              June 12-16—USTA Missouri Valley Super 2 Championship
                                                 www.springfieldmosports.org    June 26-28—MO ASA Girls Fast Pitch State Championship
     MYSA Soccer Tourney                                         Volunteers Needed for
      Set for June 6-12                                         Special Olympics Event
                                                                 Special Olympics
    The 2009 Missouri Youth Soccer Association
                                                            Missouri is recruiting
State Championship Cup tournament returns to
                                                            volunteers for the
Springfield, hosted by Lake Country Soccer, June
                                                            2009 State Summer
6-12. Organizers expect 107 teams from the state to
                                                            Games May 28-30
                                     vie for 14 state
                                                            at Missouri State and
                                     titles in the Under-
                                                            Drury universities.
                                     13 through Under-
                                                                 The State Summer
                                     19 boys and girls
                                                            Games will bring more than 2,000 athletes and coaches
                                     age divisions.
                                                            from across the state to Springfield. Competition events
                                          The 2009 tour-
                                                            include athletics (track and field), aquatics, power lifting,
nament will operate under a single elimination for-
                                                            soccer and bocce.
mat. Although a majority of the teams are from the
                                                                 Volunteers play an important role in the success of
St. Louis area, Springfield will be represented by the
                                                            this event. There are a wide variety of opportunities
Springfield Soccer Club, whose Under-18 boys’ team
                                                            available including scorekeepers, awards announcers,
will be looking to three-peat as state champions after
                                                            athlete escorts, water crews, Victory Village booth work-
having won the Under-16 and Under-17 boys titles in
                                                            ers, Opening Ceremonies set up and much more.
2007 and 2008. Schedule brackets can be down-
                                                                 Most volunteer shifts include a minimum four-hour
loaded from the Missouri Youth Soccer Web site.
                                                            commitment, and each volunteer receives a complimen-
    The Missouri State Championship Cup is the first
                                                            tary T-shirt along with a rewarding experience. Go to
stage in US Youth Soccer’s National Championship
                                                            www.somo.org for a complete listing of volunteer jobs
Series. Winners at the state level advance to the re-
                                                            and shifts.
gional tournament June 20-24 in Sioux Falls, SD.
                                                                 There are two ways to register for the State Summer
    Missouri is one of 14 Midwestern states in Re-
                                                            Games: register online at www.somo.org/fan, or call
gion 2 including South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indi-
                                                            800-846-2682 to register by phone.
ana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ne-
                                                                 Presenting sponsors are: Cox Health, Southwest
braska, North Dakota, Ohio North, Ohio South
                                                            Dairy Farmers, Springfield News-Leader, KSPR, Clear
and Wisconsin.
                                                            Channel Radio and Knights of Columbus.
    Regional winners of the Under-14 through Un-
                                                                 Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program
der-19 brackets earn a berth to the 2009 US Youth
                                                            of sports training and athletic competition for children
Soccer National Championships to be played July 21-
                                                            and adults with mental disabilities. More than 15,000 ath-
26 in Lancaster, Mass.
                                                            letes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the
    One of the 12 national crowns awarded is the
                                                            state. Special Olympics provides people with mental dis-
James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth
                                                            abilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fit-
sport dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth
                                                            ness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they
championships. The Under-19 Boys National Cham-
                                                            participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their
pion will hoist the McGuire Cup on the 74th anniver-
                                                            fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities
sary of the storied cup.
                                                            across Missouri.




                                                                             Mission Statement
                                                                The goal of the Greater Springfield Area Sports Commission is to
                                                              enhance the quality of life and stimulate positive economic growth for
                                                            the community by promoting and developing the greater Springfield area
       Lake Country Soccer will have a Challenger             as a sports venue for quality amateur and professional sporting events.
         Sports British Soccer Camp July 27-31
                                                                 This will be accomplished through marketing the Commission
                                                                   as a clearinghouse for the scheduling of sporting events in
               For more information, visit                       the area, assisting organizations in the sponsorship of new and
               www.challengersports.com.                         existing events, and organizing volunteer forces to assure that
                                                                      all events make a positive impression on participants.

				
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