December 3rd, 2014

NCAA Division II Festival is this weekend

Staff Report


NCAA Division II Festival is this weekend
A field hockey champion will be crowned this weekend / photo provided by the Louisville Sports Commission

The Louisville Sports Commission and Bellarmine University will host the 2014 NCAA D-II Fall Championship Festival for a third time from Dec. 4-6. Bellarmine is the only institution to have hosted the Fall Festival three times.

Champions will be crowned in volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and field hockey this weekend.

Teams will practice and compete at Bellarmine’s Knights Hall, Bellarmine’s Owsley B. Frazier Field, the University of Louisville’s Trager Field and E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

Several centrally located hotels in downtown Louisville will allow the students to interact with each other as they take part in an athlete-village type of atmosphere similar to what takes place at the Olympics.

“We are absolutely excited to host our third NCAA D-II Festival,” Bellarmine athletic director Scott Wiegandt said. “The Festival presents an opportunity for Bellarmine to showcase our campus and for our athletics department to provide a championship quality experience for student-athletes from across the country.”  

Wiegandt said Bellarmine’s continued success in hosting NCAA championships can be attributed to the support of Bellarmine President Dr. Joseph McGowan and for his confidence in the athletic department’s ability to successfully execute these events at a high level.

More than 1,100 NCAA athletes will compete in the championships.  Local sports fans, high school students and student-athletes will have the opportunity to experience firsthand what it takes to compete at the Division II level.

And, with the emphasis Division II schools place on academics, the connection between the student-athletes and local high school fans may validate their higher aspiration of attending college or becoming a Division II college athlete.

“It is an honor for Louisville to once again be the hosting site for the D-II Festival,” said Karl Schmitt, the Louisville Sports Commission’s executive director.  “We remain committed to hosting NCAA Division II national championships at the highest level. These sporting events provide a positive economic impact on our community and also provide high school athletes an opportunity to watch and perhaps consider Division II as an option to play sports in college.”

Athletes will also be giving back to the community during the week as teams spend time interacting with youths at the Home of the Innocents, Nativity Academy, three Boys and Girls Clubs, eight JCPS elementary schools and three YMCA branches.

Bellarmine’s campus is a great site for athletes to compete and fans to watch elite athletes vie for championships.  There is plenty of seating for fans to make this D-II Championship Fall Festival a very memorable moment for all the NCAA D-II student-athletes who will be competing. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth/students that provide admission to all events in a single day. Event passes, $30 for adults and $15 for youth/students, get ticketholders into all events the entire weekend.  

There will be no presales available. More information is available at www.NCAA.com/DIIFestival. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Louisville Sports Commission at info@louisvillesports.org.

 

 

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