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 email@example.com. 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.