|Skate City Sports, the premiere Roller Skating Facility Organization in the country, today announced the launch of the Inaugural Tom Osborne Invitational. The Ball Hockey event will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 28 – May 30, 2021, at the Xfinity Roller Sports Arena in Colorado Springs.
Organized by the American Rink Hockey Association (ARHA), the exclusive, first time event will showcase the sport of Ball Hockey with teams from around the country. Played on quad skates, on a tighter skating surface, with a ball and curved sticks, ball hockey is one of the world’s most widely played roller sports on the global stage.
“This is the American Rink Hockey Association’s biggest summer kickoff tournament, and Skate City Sports is proud to be part of it,” said Mr. Robert James, President and CEO of Skate City Sports. “The tournament is certain to be competitive and entertaining.”
“Very pleased that world class ball hockey athletes will have the opportunity to show their talent. We’re excited to work with Skate City and the Colorado Springs Sports Corp in making the event possible,” said James Jost, Head of the ARHA.
Skate City Sports will live stream up to 12 different games across the 3 days on the IHA website: inlinehockeyassociation.com. The full event schedule with specific teams, days and times can be viewed on coloradoinlinehockey.com.
“We’re incredibly excited for ball hockey to take root in the U.S. and for Colorado Springs to be a starting point for this sport as it grows,” said Doug Martin, Acting CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. “It’s a fitting tribute for this event to carry Tom’s name and continue his legacy in sports – he would be proud and honored.”
About Skate City Sports
Skate City Sports is part of Skate City Colorado, which has proudly operated in the state for 50 continuous years, with the first rink opening in November 1970. Today, Skate City maintains 8 rinks throughout Colorado: 4 in Denver metro, 3 in Colorado Springs, including our flagship Xfinity Roller Sports Arena, and 1 in Pueblo. In addition to the Tom Osborne Invitational, Skate City Sports hosts national Roller Sports’ events, such as the IHA Inline Hockey Championships, June 4 – 13, and the American Speed Skating Championships, June 16 – 20.
About the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation (The Sports Corp) is a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to establishing a strong regional presence through positive economic development and contribution to the quality of life for citizens in the Pikes Peak region. The Sports Corp was established in 1978 to assist in the relocation of the United States Olympic Committee from New York City to Colorado Springs and has grown and prospered to become a driving force in the agenda for amateur and Olympic sport. Major events in 2021 include the Rocky Mountain State Games, 4th of July Symphony on your Porch, Labor Day Lift Off and support of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. For more information, please visit coloradospringssports.org.