Big Water Polo Tournament Set For Bloomington

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Tourism officials in Bloomington estimate a water polo tournament will pump around $500,000 into the local economy. The Hoosier Sports Corp. says the 2013 USA Water Polo TYR Champions Cup will take place this weekend. The event is expected to attract 400 athletes and 500 spectators. November 12, 2013

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Bloomington, IN - The 2013 USA Water Polo TYR Champions Cup is set to begin at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on the Indiana University campus on Friday, November 15 at 8 am. Spectators are welcome. Weekend Tournament passes are $25, daily passes are $10 and kids under the age of 12 are free.

This National Championship, hosted by USA Water Polo, in conjunction with the Hoosier Sports Corporation and Indiana University will feature premier teams for the 14 and under boys and girls age groups. The boy’s competition takes place Friday through Sunday while the girl’s competition begins Saturday and ends Monday.

Formerly known as the TURBO Cup, the event features qualifying teams from all 11 USA Water Polo zones and has been a showcase for rising talent in the United States for over 20 years. Three-time Olympians Tony Azevedo and Brenda Villa are among many athletes that got started in water polo at the Champions Cup and that tradition will continue in 2013.

USA Water Polo, Inc. is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters National Championships. With more than 40,000 members, USAWP is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development of the sport throughout the US. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches and officials.

Teams will be traveling to Bloomington from all parts of the country including clubs from states as far as California. 24 teams will be competing with approximately 400 athletes, 50 coaches, 15 officials and around 500 spectators expected to attend the event. The tournament is expected to have an estimated economic impact of almost $500,000 on the Bloomington area. For more event information, visit the tournament website at www.visitbloomington.com/waterpolo.Source: Hoosier Sports Corp.