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Sports Tournaments & Events (2008)

The Columbus Area Visitors Center has an outstanding partnership with Columbus Parks and Recreation, county and area parks, golf courses, schools, and non-profits which manage sports venues. These organizations and well-trained volunteers allow the Visitors Center to be able to provide the best in "Hoosier Hospitality." It is largely through the efforts of all these organizations that the Visitors Center was recognized twice this year for outstanding service (to get the details, scroll to bottom of this page or go HERE) :

  • 2008 Member of the Year by the National Association of Sports Commissions
  • 2008 Distinguished Service award by the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA)

The community of Columbus is proud to host numerous sporting events, featuring a variety of sport disciplines and we welcome you. If you are visiting as a participant or spectator, please refer to the following listing to find detailed information about your event.

For a downloadable guide to all lodging, including phone numbers, web sites, and amenities, click HERE.

2008 Tournaments and Events 



Biking Golf


  • Jody's Gymnast Jam 2008, January 12-13
Hockey Ice Skating
  • MLK Ice Skating Competition, January 21


Running/Walking Soccer

Softball - Fast Pitch, Girls

Softball - Slow Pitch, Men's


  • Donner Winter Swim Invitational, January 18-20
  • Donner Early Bird Swim Meet, May 17-18
  • Jaime Miller Invitational Swim Meet, June 6-8
  • State Age Group Swim Competition, August 1-3
  • Octobear Invitational Swim Meet, October 11-12
  • Donner November Sprints Swim Meet, November 8-9
  • TLAC Columbus Junior Tennis Open, June 13-14
  • Midwest Tennis Open Girls National Championship, July 19-24
  • TLAC Christmas Singles Tennis Open, December 5-6

For assistance, please contact Jim Dietz at (800) 468-6564.

Click HERE to go to community calendar, then click on the sports category, on right side of screen.


The National Association of Sports Commissions named the Columbus Visitors Center its 2008 "Member of the Year" in recognition of the tremendous growth of its sports tourism efforts. Since 2003, the number of major amateur sporting events in Columbus has grown from 29 to 53 events. Community officials anticipate a 2008 economic impact of $16 million with more than 50,000 athletes and spectators expected to visit the community.

"This award is a fitting tribute to the spirit of collaboration that exists in Columbus," according to executive director Lynn Lucas. "The Columbus Department of Parks and Recreation takes great pride in maintaining first-class sports facilities; our volunteers make visitors want to return again and again; and, the Visitors Center markets these assets to event organizers and hosts the participants and spectators."

The National Association of Sports Commissions has 500 members.  Its membership includes sports commissions, convention and visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce and event rights holders. The Member of the Year award is given to the active NASC member that has had the most outstanding impact on its local community through sporting events, community activities, charitable giving, and economic impact. Entries were reviewed by a panel of association members.

The award was presented at its national conference in Omaha, Nebraska in May. Jim Dietz, director of sports tourism, accepted the award on behalf of the Columbus Visitors Center. 



The Columbus Area Visitors Center received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) at their national meeting held November 2008 in Kissimmee, Florida. Don DeDonatis, CEO of USSSA presented the award to Lynn Lucas, Executive Director of the Columbus Area Visitors Center. The award was presented in recognition of the Visitors Center’s “Outstanding and Continuous Support to the USSSA Program” during the past five years. Columbus was the only visitor bureau recognized by USSSA during the annual meeting.

Lynn Lucas, commenting about the award said “we are most appreciative of this recognition and are excited about the strong relationship Columbus has developed with USSSA during the past five years.We are proud to be associated with the premiere multi-sport organization in the country.”

To read more, visit the Sports Destination Management web site by clicking HERE.

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