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Shreveport to host SWAC Spring Sports Festival

January 5, 2001

BIRMINGHAM - The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced today that it's annual Spring Sports Festival will be staged at various venues in Shreveport, La. in both 2001 and 2002.

According to Commissioner Rudy Washington, the SWAC Spring Sports Festival will determine the conference's champions in six sports, including men's and women's tennis, men's and women's outdoor track and field, baseball and softball. The league's only spring sports championships not to be contested in Shreveport are men's and women's golf, which will be held in Pine Bluff, Ark. for the next two years.

"We're very happy with the level of interest shown by the city of Shreveport and the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority in hosting our Spring Sports Festival," stated Washington. "Not only will their involvement help to boost interest in our spring sports, but holding our spring sports championships in Shreveport should help to increase the level of interest in college sports in that area as well as contribute to the local economy."

The 2001 SWAC Spring Sports Festival kicks off on April 27-29 with the men's and women's tennis championships. The women's championship will be held at the Southern Hills Tennis Center while the men's championship will be held at the Cockrell Tennis Center.

The remainder of the festival will be held on May 3-6 and will include the baseball tournament at Fair Grounds Field, the softball tournament at the Cargill Softball Complex and the men's and women's outdoor track and field championships at the Caddo Parish Stadium Track.

"Since the Sports Authority is an economic development corporation and the SWAC Spring Sports Festival brings a significant number of student-athletes, our hosting is a perfect partnership -- a significant economic impact for our city," said Mary Ann Tice, executive director and chief administrative officer of the organization. "As important, however, we're proud to enter this relationship with the SWAC because of our existing relationships with a number of SWAC schools. Additionally, geographically, Shreveport provides a center meeting ground for a majority of the conference's member institutions. This announcement is indeed very exciting. For us, this is the beginning of a long-term relationship with the conference."

Tice said the Sports Authority and the city of Shreveport have been working for several months on trying to entice the SWAC to bring its spring sports championships to the north Louisiana city. A plus for the conference, she said, are the venues where the competitions will be held.

"Our city is fortunate to have first-class facilities owned and maintained by the city of Shreveport," noted Tice. "I think our facilities far exceed those of many other cities' facilities and quite a few college facilities as well. Furthermore, movement between venues is not difficult; going from the furthest points at one venue to the next venue shouldn't take more than 20 minutes."

Ticket prices for the festival events are expected to be determined in a matter of weeks.

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