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CITY OF ST. GEORGE TO HOST 500 OF THE NATION'S BEST SOFTBALL PLAYERS Viewed 50,366 timesBy: Senior Editor
Published for Saint George, Utah (Area-Info.net Jul. 02, 2012)
Elite Softball Tournament Featuring the best Unsigned Players from all over the country
ST. GEORGE, UTAH, July 2, 2012 - The second annual adidas Futures National Softball Tournament will be held in St. George, Utah July 17-21, 2012 at the Canyons Softball Complex. The event will be comprised of the best unsigned softball athletes from around the nation. There will be approximately 500 unsigned/uncommitted elite all-star softball athletes (ages 14-18) on 32 teams competing for the Title, looking to be scouted and possibly earn a scholarship. Players were selected by adidas Futures travel ball coaches via an open tryout process in each of the coach’s territories. The adidas Futures travel ball coaches were selected via an application process.
"The tournament was created to better the recruiting process and open up additional scholarship opportunities for softball players." said Michelle Delloso, marketing consultant and event founder. “We have witnessed tremendous success from last year’s event with regard to the players being scouted and recruited to their dream schools. We have chosen the Canyons Softball Complex and the City of St. George for the event because we believe that there is no better place to hold an event this prestigious, in addition to offering a fun and safe environment for fans and spectators.”
This year's goal is to draw an increased level of college scouts by offering additional showcasing opportunities (there will be all-star games Saturday night July 21 at 8:00 p.m. that will feature the top 96 players from the tournament). The event will focus on providing each player as many opportunities to be scouted as possible, while keeping the tournament incredibly competitive.
"We are pleased to partner with adidas Futures and the St. George/Washington County area in this unique event, which will bring top athletes to Utah generating significant economic impact and exposure to the southern part of the state," said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.
The adidas Futures program started as an elite camp in 2006, in which 100 of the best high school softball athletes were selected from regional showcase and national events. These athletes had the ability to showcase their talent in front of college scouts. The camp ran four consecutive years and has grown into an elite national tournament. Many of the adidas Futures camp alumni are now at four year colleges on softball scholarships as a result of the program.
SPECIAL EVENTS: The City of St. George & Sports Commission and the Go Girl Futures Program will host an opening welcome dinner for all tournament players and coaches at 6:00 p.m. on July 17, 2012 at the Dixie Center. Four-time NCAA All-American and Olympian Monica Abbott will be the keynote speaker at the dinner. Additional tickets for fans and supporters of this program can be purchased through the City of St. George Recreation Center (link is on adidas Futures website under schedule).
For additional information on individual players and/or to interview any of the adidas Futures coaches regarding any of these all-stars please visit www.adidasfutures.com and click on the Coaches tab. For additional questions about the tournament or the mission of the adidas Futures program please visit www.adidasfutures.com and/or contact the adidas Futures Program at email@example.com. For additional information on Monica Abbott please visit www.monicaabbott.net.
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