USSSA fast-pitch girls opening ceremonies



If you’re interested in bringing a sports event to Columbus, Indiana, contact:

Kate Todd


Columbus, Indiana is an ideal tournament destination! In short, you will discover four unique features that make Columbus the perfect location to plan your next sporting event:

  • Columbus has excellent facilities.
  • Columbus is just down the road from three major Midwest metropolitan areas. (Indianapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati)
  • Columbus has an engaged volunteer base that will bring support and an added level of service to your event.
    Columbus is easy to get around in, with no traffic congestion, and all facilities are a quick and easy drive from any local hotel or restaurant.
  • Coaches, teams, and families will appreciate the central location and easy drive. The city is located just off of I-65 and is near to I-70 and I-74.

If you’re interested in bringing a sports event to Columbus, Indiana, contact:
Kate Todd


Columbus is so proud to receive national recognitions!
Distinguished Service Award at USSSA Annual Convention
Columbus Area Visitors Center Awarded Distinguished Service Award at USSSA Annual Convention

The Columbus Area Visitors Center received the Distinguished Service Award from the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) at their 2008 national meeting 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 this year’s 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.”

At the annual meeting, it was also learned that Columbus was awarded a 2009 Girl’s Fast Pitch World Series, a Boy’s Baseball World Series, the Boy’s Baseball Indiana State Tournament, the Girl’s Fast Pitch Indiana State Tournament, and a Men’s Major National Softball Invitational Tournament.

The City of Columbus and Bartholomew County are the big winners as the 2009 USSSA tournaments will result in over $9,000,000 economic impact to the area this coming year. The total economic impact for all sporting events is expected to exceed $12,000,000 in 2009.

Columbus recognized by National Association of Sports Commissions
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, NE in May 2008. Jim Dietz, director of sports tourism, accepted the award on behalf of the Columbus Visitors Center.

The Columbus Area Visitors Center is a proud member of Sports Indiana
The Columbus Area Visitors Center is a proud member of The National Association of Sports Commissions

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