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The Charleston Sports Travel Market...Our Sports Business Portfolio! • Worth over $50 million dollars each year for the Charleston region! • Consist of some 20 major sporting events a year, producing between 500-5,000 room nights each. Another 60 sports events a year produce between 100-450 room nights each. • More than 86,000 visitors annually as spectators, participants, media, etc. associated with the top 20 major sporting events. • Three (3) local professional sports team organizations contribute over $6 million each year to the economy by hosting more than 120 home games, bringing visiting teams, media, vendors and fans. • Three (3) local college athletic departments contribute millions of dollars each year by hosting more than 150 home competitions, bringing athletes, family and fans to the region.

2009 Charleston Metro Sports Council Objectives • Serve the local sports travel market as the premier source for all Charleston area sports information and contacts. • Take the lead role in the Charleston area as the primary promoter for the economic and social value of the local sports market. • Serve as the Charleston area’s first ‘point of contact’ for all leads from right holders in the national sports travel market. • Positively impact the Charleston area economy be attracting new events and promoting Charleston as a premier destination. Kathleen Cartland, Executive Director Charleston Metro Sports Council, Inc. (Charleston Area CVB Headquarters) 423 King St., Charleston SC 29403 ph: 843-805-3030 email: sportscouncil@charlestoncvb.com web: www.sportscouncil.org

Charleston Metro Sports Council, taking a lead in promoting sports for its economic and social value to the region! Member of the National Association of Sports Commissions www.sportscommissions.org

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CONTENTS Welcome Charleston Sports Visitor! - City Profiles & Rankings

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Charleston Area Fitness & Endurance Events

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Major Sports Events

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Sports Lifestyle – Recreational Activities in the Region

Professional Sports Teams

Event Planners’ Guide for All Sports

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Collegiate Athletic Programs Hosted Tournaments

Sports Venues & Metro Area Map Hotels & Services Referral Guide

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Charleston…Where History Lives and SportsTravel Thrives! ACCOMMODATION OCCUPANCY FOR CHARLESTON COUNTY Total number of Hotel Rooms (2008) = 15,170 Average occupancy (2008) = 72.54% Average Daily Rate (2008) = $123.33 Compiled by Office of Tourism Analysis, College of Charleston

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CHARLESTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is serviced by seven airline carriers and averages 124 flights daily, to and from 17 destinations. www.chs-airport.com

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DISTANCE FROM MAJOR US CITIES Columbia SC - 120 miles Charlotte NC - 220 miles Atlanta GA - 350 miles Jacksonville FL - 250 miles Nashville TN - 575 miles Washington DC - 580 miles


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Charleston Metro Area... Your Sports Travel Destination ports events in the U.S. represents a $6.1 billion marketplace. In the Charleston region alone, it is worth more than $50 million annually, with 80+ sports travel events bringing 100 to 40,000 visitors, per event, for an entire travel experience.

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On behalf of the Charleston Metro Sports Council and the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, we are delighted you are visiting our community for your sports event. Among the many travel recognitions our historic area receives, becoming an ‘Up and Coming Sports Mecca’ is one in which we are very proud. Your visit makes you one of 5.5 million visitors we anticipate in 2009, and your contributions to our vibrant economy is very much appreciated.

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And no matter what municipality your sports event takes place in, be sure to take in the many sites and attractions throughout the entire region. As one of the top visitor destinations in the nation, we understand and appreciate the ‘Charleston Style’ is what we do best and what you will enjoy the most! – Thanks for being a part of our Sports Scene! – CMSC and CACVB

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CITY PROFILES for the Sports Traveler Charleston, SC

Sports Visitors

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• Annual Cooper River Bridge Run – Close to 40,000 runners and walkers from 50 states and four countries. Includes 10K Run, 10K Walk, Kids Run and Expo. www.bridgerun.com

• Charleston named No. 2 of the Top 10 Travel Destinations in the U.S. – Conde’ Nast Traveler 2008.

• Family Circle Cup Professional Women’s Tennis – Some 90,000 in attendance each year for this eightday event held in Charleston on Daniel Island. www.familycirclecup.com

• Southern Living readers vote Charleston their Favorite Southern City. Holy City honors also include top tier billing for Best Weekend Getaway and Best Family Destination – 2009.

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• Charleston RiverDogs Baseball – With more than 70 home games between April and September, your plans should include an evening on the Ashley River, for a baseball game and non-stop entertainment. www.riverdogs.com

Southern Hospitality at its Finest When Rhett Butler said, “I’m going to Charleston...it’s where I belong...,” he just may have been thinking wistfully of Charleston’s appeal as a sports and travel destination. Thriving on tourism, Charleston provides abundance of opportunities for shopping, dining and unique entertainment. The combination of unequaled beauty, hospitality, and historical treasures provides a wonderful backdrop for any sports event. If your travel plans include staying in Charleston, you may want to overbook your room nights. You’ll definitely want to find out for yourself why the 300+ yearold city continues to receive top awards and rankings from travel and sports-related magazines.

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• Charleston Classic Basketball Tournament – The newest addition to the local scene, this ESPN-owned and operated event brings eight men’s basketball teams from across the nation to Charleston for an action-packed three-day weekend. The Charleston Classic is an invitational tournament to tip-off the basketball season and is held at the Carolina First College of Charleston Arena in November. www.charlestonclassic.com

Recreation Activities A short drive from downtown Charleston, the 643-acre James Island County Park offers an abundance of exceptional recreation offerings and natural beauty. www.ccprc.com City of Charleston Website: www.charlestoncity.info

• Charleston is named No. 6 City in the nation for winter getaway destinations for U.S. travelers by Orbitz.com – 2008. • Southern Living names Charleston No. 1 Spring Vacation Destination – 2008. • In Golf World's 2009 Readers' Choice Awards, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was selected as the No. 1 resort in the U.S., and voted No. 1 of the top 38 golf destinations in North America and Europe – 2009.

City of Charleston Visitor Center: A vast array of services including guides, maps, discounted attraction & tour tickets and a number of displays. Located at 375 Meeting St, Historic Charleston, PH#: 843-853-8000. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE >>

ABOVE: Charleston Waterfront Park at the Harbor

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Mt. Pleasant, SC COURTESY CHARLESTON CVB

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• Charlestonians are America's friendliest people (No.1) – Travel & Leisure 2008. • Kiawah Island was lauded as the No. 2 island in North America – Conde’ Nast Traveler 2008. • Charleston named One of the Top Ten Places to Visit Before You Die – Andrew Harper, 2008. • National Geographic Adventure named Charleston one of the 50 next great adventure towns in which to live and play – 2008. • Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards readers’ survey ranks Charleston as the fourth best city in America – 2008. • Charlotte Parent Magazine recognizes Charleston as Best Weekend Getaway in the Family Favorites Reader’s Choice awards – 2008.

• “The Bridge” – The newest attraction for visitors, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge has easy access for walkers, runners and cyclists at its foot in Mt. Pleasant. A 12-foot lane is shared by pedestrians and bicycles, 24/7, and stretches over the Cooper River some three miles long. • College of Charleston Athletics Although the College of Charleston is located in downtown Charleston, the Town of Mt. Pleasant is the host site for the majority of its athletics competitions. Just minutes away from campus, the college’s sports complex is home field for baseball, softball, soccer, sailing and tennis competitions.

Located just across the Cooper River from Charleston lies the lovely and historic town of Mt. Pleasant. Golfing Maybe the fact that a community • Tee-off on any of the four championship with more than 60,000 residents courses, each with breathtaking views chooses to remain a “Town” says of the marsh and scenic waterways. it all. Convenient to downtown www.charlestongolfguide.com Charleston by car or by water taxi, Recreation Activities there are many things in this quaint • Palmetto Islands County Park is a harbor town to enjoy...shopping, 943-acre park with a variety of dinning, sightseeing. But fun is the recreational opportunities available major industry here and the town including Splash Island water park, has carefully invested its resources crabbing and fishing from floating to assure that there is no shortage docks along tidal creeks and lagoons, of entertainment and recreation biking, lagoon boating and picnicking. opportunities. Enjoy scrumptious www.ccprc.com waterfront dining along scenic Shem Creek or take in 18 holes of golf at one Beaches of Isle of Palms of many semi-private golf courses. and Sullivan’s Island Fishing and boating are certainly a • Mount Pleasant is also Charleston’s favorite of locals and four marinas, only access to the barrier island beaches one big ocean and numerous tidal of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. creeks help accommodate visitors as Many retail shops along the way offer equipment rentals for any type of well. While staying in Mt. Pleasant, water sport. your hardest decision may be to take a five-minute drive south to historic Charleston or a five-minute drive Town of Mt. Pleasant Website: east to the east coast’s most www.townofmountpleasant.com picturesque beaches. Discover Mt. Pleasant Visitor Center: To open Mt. Pleasant – the fun, convenient May 2009, the new visitor center will be and affordable way to get more located at the Waterfront Park -- at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. out of Charleston! ABOVE: WWII aircraft carrier USS Yorktown

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North Charleston, SC

Sports Visitors

Top “PICKS”

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• South Carolina Stingrays Hockey – With close to 40 home games a year, this organization is celebrating 16 years in the Lowcountry throughout the season, October ‘08 through April ‘09. www.stingrayshockey.com

The Hub of the Lowcountry North Charleston is the perfect place to have as a home base for your Lowcountry visit. The City has more than 4,000 affordable to luxury hotel rooms, a wide selection of restaurants, entertainment complexes, shopping malls and specialty shops, and is central to accessing area attractions. Tanger Outlet is its newest attraction with more than 90 brand name outlet stores, just minutes away from the Charleston International Airport, the busiest passenger airport in the state. An integral part of the Convention Center Complex, is the North Charleston Coliseum, a 13,600-seat facility home to the South Carolina Stingrays Hockey team. It also stages a variety of other sports events, such as ice-skating, professional bull riding and college basketball – including CSU and College of Charleston. Complimenting the coliseum, is the 200,000+ square-foot convention center complex, which includes a 2,300seat performing arts center. This site is host to a number of sports competitions including cheer, dance, body building and gymnastics. No matter what your purpose is for visiting the Charleston area, you will enjoy North Charleston for its variety, convenience and affordability.

• The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation – The city opened its first public golf course in 2000. This 27-hole course has all the finest amenities, including a 12,900 square foot Clubhouse complete with a pro shop, restaurant, and meeting space. Ph#: 843-871-2135 • Riverfront Park – Set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River, Riverfront Park has been built near the historic homes once occupied by the Naval Base Admiral and officers. Bordered by Noisette Creek, the park boasts a magnificent contemporary Performance Pavilion and Grand Lawn. The national Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is installed there. The Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial was dedicated in November of 2007 to honor the generations of naval and civilian personnel who served at the base from 1903 until its closure in 1996. A boardwalk and pier over the Cooper River has also been completed.

Recreation Activities • North Charleston Wannamaker County Park is a nature-oriented park designed for family and group use. It offers more than 1,015 acres of beautiful wood lands and wetlands. Miles of paved trails allow for exploration of the area’s beautiful natural resources. www.ccprc.com

City of North Charleston Website: www.northcharleston.org North Charleston Visitor Center: Opened in 2007, the center is located within the Fire Museum and Educational Center at Tanger Outlet Complex.

TRAVEL AND EXPERIENTALRELATED RANKINGS AND RECOGNITION: • Parade Magazine names Charleston one of the five Best American Cities – 2008. • Charleston is named No. 3 Spot to See Before You Die by Yahoo.com – 2008. • Travel + Leisure names Charleston the 6th Best City in the United States and Canada – 2007. • Charleston, South Carolina receives Most Mannerly City Lifetime Achievement award – 2007. • Travelocity.com names Charleston a Top Food Destination – 2007. • Charleston is selected “Favorite City” and “Best Shopping” by Southern Living Readers – 2007. • Virtualtourist.com votes Charleston the only American city in the Top 10 Unique Romantic Destinations category – 2007.

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Major Sports Events 2009 he following is a list of major sports events taking place in Charleston during 2009. These events not only showcase great athletic performances, but also provide spectators with a number of reasons to attend. Local sports developers recognize the huge economic value, media exposure and local entertainment enjoyment for the Charleston region.

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32ND ANNUAL COOPER RIVER BRIDGE RUN 10K Road Race – Also includes a Fitness Expo, 10K Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run Event Organizers: Mr. Julian Smith and Cooper River Bridge Run Committee Location: Mt. Pleasant, Arthur Ravenel Bridge and Historic Charleston, S.C. The viewing area encompasses a 6.2 mile course, with a start line in Mt. Pleasant and finish line at Marion Square, historic Charleston. Date: April 4, 2009 Phone: (843) 856-1949 Office Headquarters: 716 Shelmore Dr., Suite 105, Mt. Pleasant SC Attendance: 40,000 (maximum entries) Registration: www.active.com www.bridgerun.com Although this event includes close to 40,000 amateur runners and walkers from all 50 states, it is truly a professional sports event where world-class competitive runners take home the prize money. First place winner receives $5,000 and some 20 other checks are awarded for other accomplishments. Course record to-date is 27:40 (M) and 31:19 (F). The event is one of the world’s largest 10,000 meter runs, sanctioned by USA Track and Field, and has had many notable runners in the past.

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“jump-start” event for the season. Therefore, book your travel arrangements early and utilize the organizers newest booking agents for all your travel needs. Secure all your travel plans through a one-stop-shop Web site, www.bridgerun.com Also, save the date: March 27, 2010 for the 33rd annual road race.

Cooper River Bridge Run’s CLAIM to FAME: • Elite United States national runner Benji Durden, whose opportunity to make the Olympic team was denied by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, won the first run. • 1972 Olympic Marathon champion Frank Shorter competed in the 1983 Bridge Run. • In 1989, world-renowned Norwegian marathoner Grete Waitz, 2nd in the inaugural Olympic marathon and former NYC winner, won the women’s division. • The 1994 Bridge Run gained fame for a runner who ran under a pseudonym. TV personality Oprah Winfrey finished 3,839th with a time of 55:48. • Actor Bill Murray fired the cannon for the 1997 Bridge Run and then ran the event. • Kenyan Olympic runner Catherine Ndereba, second in the 2004 Marathon in Athens, won 3 consecutive years, 2000-2002.

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2009 FAMILY CIRCLE CUP Women’s Professional Tennis Tournament A Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Premier Event Event Organizers: Family Circle Tennis Center Event Management Staff Venue: Family Circle Tennis Center Location: Daniel Island, Charleston SC Dates: April 11-19, 2009 Phone: (843) 856-7900 www.familycirclecup.com Prize Money: $1,000,000 Attendance: 90,473 (2008) Draw Size: 56 Singles/32 Qualifying/ 28 Doubles Family Circle Magazine Stadium capacity: 10,200 Tournament “Where the Stars are Born” (see ads on pages 2, 41)

The oldest all-women’s Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event in the USA. Since 1973, the Cup has been a pioneer in women’s professional sports creating milestones that continue to influence the popularity of this sport. With a 36-year history, this event is rich in tradition and boasts a numerous outstanding accomplishments.

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tage of this event’s hospitality when it comes to entertaining clients and customers. With a wide selection of hospitality ticket packages to choose from, you don’t want to be caught off guard when the tourney springs up in April – plan your corporate involvement now.

Charleston’s CLAIM to FAME: Since the Family Circle Cup moved to Charleston in 2001, the tournament has surpassed all other events when it comes to athletes and sports celebrities visiting the Holy City. In addition to the Cup, event organizers have proudly showcased a number of additional tennis events at the state-of-the-art sports facility, highlighted by the Davis Cup semifinal tie vs. Belarus in September of 2004. Sponsor partnerships are what they know best, and this is best displayed by a 4th year Cup sponsor, LACOSTE. A recognized tennis brand like this certainly warrants a fashion show, and so it happens each year. Located center stage on “fashion lane,” aka King Street in downtown Charleston, models and a street-wide tennis court entertain thousands of fans at this unique event.

Media Exposure and Economic Impact: The tournament receives four days of coverage on ESPN2 and is broadcast on Eurosport to more than 95 million homes in Europe. Economic impact is $25 million annually. (2003 FCC study)

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Clermont-Auverge Men’s Professional Rugby vs. USA Rugby Team (August 2008) USA Rugby and Greenvillebased, Michelin NA brought the first-ever professional rugby match to the state of SC in 2008. On Saturday, August 9, Blackbaud Stadium was host to over 4,000 fans to watch the U.S. Men’s National Team against the French rugby union club from ClermontFerrand France, the Clermont Auvergne Rugby team. It was nationally broadcast live on ESPN Classic and was a huge success for all event organizers. www.usarugby.org

GOLF The 68th Senior PGA Championship (2007) – Denis Watson won his first golf tournament in 23 years, beating Eduardo Romero by two strokes. – This event brought in more than $23 million through direct spending by non-resident spectators and expenditures by The PGA of America. It received 14 hours of live television coverage over four days – six hours on USA and eight hours on NBC. Extensive exposure served to further position South Carolina as the southeast’s premiere golf destination.

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GOLF 2005 PGA Club Professional Championship – Mike Small, the golf coach at the University of Illinois, won the event with a score of 289. 2003 World Cup November 11-16 The South African team of Rory Sabbatini and Trevor Immelman finished four strokes ahead of England and captured the 2003 title on The Ocean Course.

Inaugural UBS Warburg Cup – November 15-18, 2001 – The U.S. team, led by Arnold Palmer, escaped with a thrilling 12.5-11.5 victory over the “Rest of the World” team (led by Gary Player) in a Ryder Cup-style format.

1997 World Cup – November 18-23 – Team Ireland, consisting of Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley, took home the World Cup hosted by The Ocean Course. Colin Montgomerie claimed the individual honors.

1991 Ryder Cup Matches – September 26-29, 1991 – In one of the most enthralling moments the golf world has ever known, the U.S. defeats Europe by a single point in the “War by the Shore” when Bernhard Langer’s five-foot par putt slides past the right edge of the cup on The Ocean Course’s 18th green.

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CHARLESTON RACE WEEK A National Sailing Regatta Event Organizers: Charleston Ocean Racing Association and SC Maritime Heritage Foundation Venue and Location: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Charleston Harbor, and offshore Date: April 16-19, 2009 Phone: (843) 722-1030 www.charlestonraceweek.com and www.scmaritime.org Charleston Race Week is one of the largest and most popular regattas in the nation. Consistently attracting more than 135 boats ranging in size from 20-50 feet, the event has made its mark on the national sailing scene. The captains and their crews’ hail from more than 21 states. They are serious racers who travel to other key locals for the best racing and most hospitable regattas in the nation. The Charleston Ocean Racing Association coordinates massive efforts on the water with three different race courses and more than 130 volunteers on the water handling the logistics of a professional regatta. Race officials and judges travel to Charleston to participate. Major sponsors also play a key role in making this event a success, and companies such as Vineyard Vines, Gosling’s Rum, Gill North America and West Marine travel from their home bases with executives and clients to attend.

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The race village at Patriots Point is abuzz with activity all four days of the event with live music, beachfront hospitality, trophy presentations, sponsor demos, and more. National, and sometimes international, media covers the event with features appearing in SAIL Magazine, Sailing World Magazine, Sailing Magazine, Scuttlebutt, Sailing Anarchy, SpinSheet and several others. Proceeds from this event support educational programs onboard the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship.

CHARLESTON TO BERMUDA YACHT RACE (C2B) Competitive Sailboat Race Event Organizers: SC Maritime Heritage Foundation Location: Race begins in the Charleston Harbor and ends at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton, Bermuda (777 miles) Date: May 29-June 6, 2009 Phone: (843) 722-1030 www.charlestontobermuda.com The Charleston to Bermuda Yacht Race began in 1997 and continues to be held every two years. This 777mile blue-water adventure has always placed a decided emphasis on fun and the bulk of the fleet often reflects that outlook. The cruiser-racers, many of them equipped with amenities that range from air-conditioning to ice makers, have ranged in size from a mere 30 feet to 70 feet. The 2009 edition will change a bit as the race introduces a classic division with the state’s very own tall ship, The Spirit of South Carolina, participating with a length overall of 140 feet and interest from at least one other tall ship. An event that is always welcoming to new-comers to the sport, there are

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even student crews that participate by signing up with the Ocean Sailing Academy and taking their first offshore voyage. Those students and all the other participants glean significant heavy weather experience during the C2B due to the challenging conditions.

GOLF Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf (1996) –

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PORTIMAO GLOBAL OCEAN RACE International Yacht Race Event Organizer: SC Maritime Heritage Foundation Venue and Location: Charleston Yacht Club and Charleston Harbor (various other international ports) Date: Charleston start is May 31, 2009 Phone: (843) 722-1030 www.portimaoglobaloceanrace.com An international yacht race harkening back to the days of when the BOC/Around Alone was hosted in Charleston, this event will bring solo and double-handed racers to Charleston aboard 40 and 50-foot race boats. Charleston will serve as a stopover port for the skippers to repair, re-energize and depart for the finish line in Portugal.

ALL ACCESS Insiders’ View Charleston SC was host to the beginning and end of the BOC Challenge in 1994/1995 and Around Alone sail in 1998/1999. Both solo sails encompassed over 27,000 nautical miles with yachts 40-50ft and 50-60ft long.

Annika Sörenstam vs. Dottie Pepper – South Carolina, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

CHARLESTON HARBOR FEST 2009 A harbor-wide celebration festival of the sea Event Organizers: SC Maritime Heritage Foundation Venues: Charleston Maritime Center, Union Pier Passenger Terminal, Patriots Point Date: June 26-29, 2009 Phone: (843) 722-1030 www.charlestonharborfest.org and www.scmaritime.org Attendance: 120,000+ visitors Charleston Harbor Fest 2009 features Tall Ships from around the globe. Charleston is one of only two U.S. cities chosen as an official port for the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge series. The route of this race starts in Spain, travels to the Canary Islands, Bermuda, Charleston, Boston, Halifax and finally to a finish in Belfast. These majestic ships with their traditional rigging and classic lines make for quite the visual as they converge in the harbor. In addition to the competition on the water, this event brings with it a huge cultural exchange between nations and some of the world’s most famous ships. The competition continues on land as part of Harbor Fest includes pitting the crew of each ship against each other in a variety of games such as soccer, tug-o-war, and more. Some of the largest ships have a crew of more than 300 Naval cadets.

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TENNIS Davis Cup Semi Finals (2004) – Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C., was selected as the site for the 2004 United States vs. Belarus Davis Cup semifinal, September 24-26. The semi-final tie is the firstever Davis Cup to be played in South Carolina.

1998 Fed Cup at Kiawah Island Tennis Resort. 1990 U.S. Clay Court Championships at Kiawah Island Tennis Resort.

SAILING BOC Challenge 1994-1995 Around Alone 1998-1999 2006 Intercollegiate Sailing Association Nationals 2006 Y-Flyer Nationals 2006 Sunfish Worlds 2007 E Scrow Nationals

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2009 NATIONWIDE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP AT DANIEL ISLAND

ALL ACCESS Insiders’ View Charleston Harbor Fest offers the unique chance to board the ships and have a close look at their beauty. For the adventure enthusiast, there will also be opportunities to join the crew and sail onboard from Charleston to Boston (fee applies and varies per vessel). In addition to harbor tours and free sailing, land-based activities during Harbor Fest include an extensive children’s area, education village with conservation exhibits, family boat building, classic boat display, and an Old Charlestowne living history exhibit with pirates. Patriots Point will offer modern attractions such as helicopter rides, aerobatic flight demos, modern military exhibits, and of course the USS Yorktown. Proceeds from this event support educational programs onboard the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship. General admission to festival grounds is free to the public. RALSTON CREEK COURSE - HOLE #18

Men’s Professional Golf Event Organizers: Family Circle Cup Tennis Center Event Management Staff Venue: Ralston Creek Club at Daniel Island Golf Club Location: Daniel Island, Charleston SC Dates: Oct. 22-25, 2009 Phone: (800) 677-2293 Web Site: www.nationwidetourchampionship.com Prize Money: $1,000,000 Estimated Attendance: 20,000 The Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island is one of only three events offering a $1 million purse and $180,000 first prize, both of which are the largest on Tour. Golf Channel will televise all four rounds live. The Tour Championship is the final event of the tour and concludes the season-long competition to identify 25 players who earn PGA TOUR cards for the following season based on the Tour’s final money list. The field is limited to the top-60 money winners through the final full-field event of the season.

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2009 CHARLESTON CLASSIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT A Collegiate Men’s Basketball Invitational Tournament Event Organizers: An ESPN Regional TV-owned and operated event (Charlotte, NC) and sponsoring conference is the Southern Conference (SoCon) Coordinated locally by the Charleston Metro Sports Council. Venue: College of Charleston’s Carolina First Arena Seating capacity: 5,000 Location: Charleston (historic district), SC Dates: November 19-22, 2009 CMSC Phone: (843) 805-3030 www.charlestonclassic.com

The 2008 Charleston Classic was the first event to take place in the new Carolina First Arena on the campus of the College of Charleston. The field included eight teams: College of Charleston, Clemson, East Tennessee State, Hofstra, SIU-Edwardsville, Temple, TCU and Western Michigan. Four games were broadcasted on CSS and two on CSN in Philadelphia. Clemson University captured the championships with a win against Temple University and a 3-0 tournament record. First year attendance included 12,620 fans, the 2nd largest out of 4 ESPN established basketball invitational tournaments.

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Tournament Format: Each team is guaranteed three exempted games, playing through a win/lose bracket. Media Coverage: Various games to be played on ESPN affiliated stations. Tickets: Carolina First Arena Box Office at 843.953.2632 or @ www.cofcsports.com

ALL ACCESS Insiders’ View: ABOVE: The College of Charleston Cougars opened their season with tournament in new $45 million, 5,000-seat arena. BELOW: The Sports Council hosted a tip-off reception at the Charleston Crab House in July 2008 for the inaugural ESPN Charleston Classic. Attendees included (L-R) Coach John Kresse, Kathleen Cartland, Clemson Coach Oliver Purnell, ESPN VP Dan Shoemaker, Coach Les Robinson and Coach Bobby Cremins.

www.pga.com Venue: The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, SC Kiawah Island Golf Resort will test the strongest field in golf when it hosts the 94th PGA Championship in August 2012. The Ocean Course will become only the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships – the Ryder Cup (1991), the Senior PGA Championship (2007), and the PGA Championship (2012). It also marks the first time one of golf’s majors is held in South Carolina.

2010 CHARLESTON MARATHON A local committee is in the process of planning Charleston area's 2nd marathon, the Charleston Marathon 2010. The competition will also include a half-marathon run and will be held annually, on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend in January. It will highlight musicians and arts along the route. www.charlestonmarathon.com

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The 2nd annual Charleston Classic will showcase eight teams from eight different NCAA-Division I conferences. Teams and bracket will be announced during 2009 and posted on website, www.charlestonclassic.com

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Professional Sports Teams harleston’s professional sports teams represent three minor league organizations, all with long lists of accomplishments. From winning championships to holding youth clinics, these athletes are second to none. Front office management staff members receive numerous accolades for staging unique game promotions, setting attendance records and raising significant funds for community projects. They set a high business standard in which other non-sport organizations follow.

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• Venue: The North Charleston Coliseum is centrally located in the region on International Ave., just a few miles from the airport.

SNAP SHOT VIEW South Carolina Stingrays Hockey

• Capacity seating: 10,349

Charleston RiverDogs Baseball Charleston Battery Soccer 558,500 annual combined attendance to home games 120+ annual home games and hosted play-offs Action-packed games staged one out of every three days/nights in Charleston!

An Insider’s View for the FAN: Stingrays Hockey – A Whole Lot Cooler! Each home game may include giveaways, crazy promotions, and special discounts for concessions. Every Sunday is Kids Day with a free pre-game Kids Carnival, $5 Kids Tickets and $5 Kids Meals. The Stingrays Kids Club is superior to others, offering over 25 benefits for just $25. Off the ice, special appearances are readily made by players and Cool Ray, the Stingrays mascot. Kids’ parties and even an inflatable Slap Shot machine are available year round.

SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS HOCKEY ECHL South Division member, NHL Washington Capitals and AHL Hersey Bears affiliate. 2008/09 Schedule and Ticket Info: 843-744-2248 www.stingrayshockey.com

• 16th Season: October 2008 – through April 2009. Play 36 regular season home games each season. 2009/10 season opener in October 2009.

SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS

• Best Ticket Values are $5 for kids on Sundays, $5 for all hospitality, golf, and food and beverage employees on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and $10 group tickets at every game

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• Home and away games feature Josh Heller as the Voice of the Rays on the radio and Cool Ray, the mascot.


An Insider’s View for BUSINESS: Ownership: Private investors, including Ms. Anita Zucker. Email for Business opportunities: tmerton@stingrayshockey.com Experience the excitement of a South Carolina Stingrays hockey game as a group! Bring friends, team members, club, clients or employees out for an evening of fun at the North Charleston Coliseum. Special rates and PA announcements for groups of 10 or more. Corporations can be Yearbook Sponsors for year-round exposure or even season ticket holders to entertain clients and reward employees. A number of packages have been developed to meet the needs of the local business community. Charleston’s CLAIM to FAME: South Carolina Stingrays are twotime Kelly Cup Champions, winning in 1996/97 and 2000/01 seasons. The Stingrays also won the Brabham Cup in 1996/97. “The Stingrays are proud to be a long term member of the Charleston sports market. The professional sports teams and organizations in the area play a vital role in our community, from charitable giving to providing a safe and family friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. One would be hard pressed to find a city of our size with better sports venues, fan support and quality of ownership at the minor league level. The greater Charleston area has plenty to be proud of, when it comes to sports teams.” -Darren Abbott, President

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CHARLESTON RIVERDOGS BASEBALL South Atlantic League, Class-A Affiliate of the NY Yankees 2009 Schedule & Ticket Info: 843-577-DOGS (3647) and www.riverdogs.com • 13th Season at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Prior to that, the franchise played its home games at College Park until the end of the 1996 season. Professional baseball has been a staple in Charleston every season since 1980 when the team was known as the Charleston Royals. Team became the Rainbows from 1985-1993 and has been known as the RiverDogs since the 1994 season. Professional baseball teams in Charleston date back to the 1886 Seagulls. • Home opener – April 9, 2009, followed by 69 more home games through Sept. 7, 2009. • Venue: “The Joe,” an affectionate nickname for the park, is located in downtown Charleston, off the banks of the Ashley River at 360 Fishburne St. Charleston SC • Capacity seating: 5,549 • “The Joe” is not only home to the RiverDogs but also The Citadel, which has its own team clubhouse. The park has hosted the last 12 SoCon Baseball Tournaments and three South Atlantic League All-Star Games (1998, 2000, 2004)

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www.sportscouncil.org FOR EASY ACCESS TO THE LOWCOUNTRY SPORTS SCENE! INCLUDES QUICK, WEB LINKS TO: •150+ recreational associations, clubs, events, organizations •110+ amateur/ professional sports events

Includes updated, Calendar of Events Links to: •Professional sports teams home games /special events •Collegiate athletic home games / hosted tournaments

Includes Sports Industry Directory Links to: •Sports-friendly hotels and service providers

The Sports Council's web site is designed to meet the needs of three specific markets: •New / established residents •First-time/ long-time sports visitors •Prospective / local sports event organizers

Send all inquiries and feedback regarding the region’s official, sports website, www.sportscouncil.org, to: sportscouncil@charlestoncvb.com

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Charleston Professional Teams – ranked No. 17 out of 230 minorleague markets!

“We are proud of our partnership with the Charleston Sport Council over the last 10 years and look forward to working with the Charleston community to promote and provide affordable, family entertainment to the Lowcountry in the years to come.”

- Dave Echols, GM, Charleston RiverDogs

“The Stingrays are proud to be a long term member of the Charleston sports market. The professional sports teams and organizations in the area play a vital role in our community, from charitable giving to providing a safe and family friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. One would be hard pressed to find a city of our size with better sports venues, fan support and quality of ownership at the minor league level. The greater Charleston area has plenty to be proud of, when it comes to sports teams.”

- Darren Abbott, President

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- Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, 2005

An Insider’s View for the FAN: FUN IS GOOD! A five-star leader for FUN throughout the games. Fireworks, zany contests and special appearances - you never know if your night in the stands will be one featured as a record-breaking event! Fans can register for updates on website. • Best Ticket Value is $5 General Admission • Home games feature Ken Carrington as Public Address Announcer and mascot Charlie T. RiverDog.

An Insider’s View for BUSINESS: Ownership: The Goldklang Group, with President, Mr. Mike Veeck and GM, Mr. Dave Echols Email for business opportunities: admin@riverdogs.com Professional staff organizes 100+ corporate picnics/ outings each year. A true turnkey operation, with the only thing require is your invitation

list. Purchase a season package and reward employees and clients throughout the spring/summer months. Plenty of sponsorship opportunities for a game night or exposure throughout the year. Special interest groups are always welcomed to become partners for fundraisers.

Charleston’s CLAIM to FAME: What accomplished actor has ownership in the Charleston RiverDogs? Provided with his own corporate title, Mr. Bill Murray is the Director of Fun for the RiverDogs. Far from an absentee owner, Bill can be seen at “The Joe” on any given night, even throwing the ceremonial first pitch or coaching first base. Although Murray is a Golden Globe winner (Best Actor) and Academy Award nomination, he is most remembered for his role in a sport classic movie, “Caddy Shack.” And what was his character name while spending timeless hours dealing with a destructive dancing gopher?

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LOWCOUNTRY TENNIS ASSOCIATION www.lowcountry.usta.com

Play tennis, Lowcountry


Collegiate Athletic Programs SNAP SHOT VIEW Charleston Southern University Buccaneers College of Charleston Cougars The Citadel Bulldogs 50 Men’s and Women’s Athletic Teams Combined 16 hosted tournaments and events scheduled in 2009

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ATHLETICS

http://csusports.athleticsite.com NCAA Division I and NCAA FCS (football) Big South Conference www.bigsouthsports.com

www.cofcsports.com NCAA Division 1 Southern Conference www.soconsports.com

Athletics Office Phone: 843-863-7678 Ticket Office Phone: 843-863-7678 Sponsorship Information Phone: 843-863-7678 Location: Just off Interstate Highway 26, only 15 miles from Charleston SC Address: 9200 University Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29406 Enrollment: 3,125 undergraduates Founded: 1964 Athletics Director: Mr. Hank Small Assoc. Athletic Director for External Affairs: Ms. Cathryn Broderhausen Sports Information Director: Mr. Blake Freeland Director of Marketing and Promotions: Ms. Kari Malone Colors: Navy blue and old gold Nickname: Buccaneers Mascot: Bucky Sports: 15 - (7) Men’s & (8) women’s teams Athletic Booster Club: The CSU Buccaneer Club membership helps raise money for scholarships and program needs. Contact Cathryn Broderhausen, www.csubucclub.com and Phone: 843-863-7523.

Athletics Office Phone: 843-953-5556 Ticket Office Phone: 843-953-2632 Media Relations Office Phone: 843-953-5465 Sponsorship Information Phone: 842-952-0782 Location: In the historic district of Charleston SC Address: 301 Meeting St., Charleston SC 29401 Enrollment: 11,617 undergraduates Founded: 1770 Director of Athletics: Mr. Joe Hull Assistant AD and Media Relations: Mr. Tony Ciuffo Director of Marketing: Mr. Andrew McGlaughon Colors: Maroon and White Nickname: Cougars Mascot: Clyde Sports: 21 – (8) Men’s teams and (13) Women’s teams Athletic Booster Club: The College of Charleston Cougar Club membership is open to alumni and friends interested in supporting Cougar Athletics. Cougar Club Office Phone: 843-953-8255

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2009 EVENTS HOSTED BY THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON Feb 13-15: CofC Cougar Classic -Women's Softball Feb 14-15: SAISA Open - Men's and Women's Sailing Feb 22-24: Cuthbert Cup - Women's Golf Feb 23- Mar 1: Bob Bavier Team Race Invitational -Men's/Women's Sailing Mar 15: IHSA Regionals - Equestrian Mar 29-31: Hootie at Bull's Bay - Men's Golf

THE CITADEL ATHLETICS

Apr 11-12: Sailing: SAISA Dinghy Championships - Men's and Women's Sailing

www.citadelsports.com NCAA Division I and NCAA FCS (football) Southern Conference www.soconsports.com

May 2-3: National Semifinal Championships - Men's and Women's Sailing May 15-16: Cremins Tennis Challenge at Family Circle Tennis Center (fundraiser) Sept 13-15: College of Charleston Cougar Classic Women's Golf Invitational

Athletics Office Phone: 843-953-5070 Ticket Office Phone: 843-953-DOGS (3647) Sponsorship Information: Bulldog Properties Phone: 843-953-6818 Location: On the banks of the Ashley River, Charleston SC Address: 171 Moultrie St., Charleston SC 29409 Enrollment: 2,086 undergraduate cadets, 1,200 graduate students Founded: 1842 Sports and Fitness related degrees/concentrations: Health Exercise and Sports Science (BA) and Sports Management concentration (MBA) Athletics Director: Mr. Larry Leckonby Director of Media Relations: Ms. Noelle Orr Blaney Associate AD for Marketing/ Promotions: Mr. Andy Solomon Colors: Blue and White Nickname: Bulldogs Mascots: Spike and live Bulldogs, Boo and General. Sports: 14 – (8) men and (6) women teams Athletic Booster Club: The Citadel Brigadier Club’s membership is open to alumni and friends interested in supporting Bulldog Athletics. State appropriations cannot be used for scholarships; therefore the Club’s main purpose is to raise money for financial aid to more than 120 student-athletes. Contact Mr. Jerry Baker, phone: 843-953-5277.

Nov 20-22: 2009 Southern Conference Women's Volleyball Championship 2009 EVENTS HOSTED BY THE CITADEL Feb 27-28: The Citadel Memorial Challenge presented by the Charleston Crab House - Men's Baseball Mar 7-8: SEARC Championships - Men's Rifle at The Marksmanship Center Mar 7: 2009 Southern Conference Wrestling Championship 2010 Southern Conference Baseball Championships

2009 EVENTS HOSTED BY CHARLESTON SOUTHERN Nov 5-8: 2009 Big South Women's Soccer Championships

DID YOU KNOW? LOCAL COLLEGIATE TRIVIA In 1897, The College of Charleston had its first meeting of the athletic association, which included school-sponsored football, basketball and baseball teams. In 1905, The Citadel played its first intercollegiate football game (Citadel 0, Porter Military Academy 0). In 1921, The Southern Conference was organized and is the nation’s fourth oldest collegiate athletic association. In 1936, The Citadel joined the Southern Conference, and today is the oldest member.

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In 1983, The Big South Conference was cofounded by Mr. Howard Bagwell, the Athletic Director for CSU (1965-2000). Bagwell led, then Baptist College, from an NAIA school to Division I status. In 2007, The Citadel celebrated its 100th Football Season. (The Bulldogs have fielded a football team every year except during the World War II years.) In 2008, the Southern Conference celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Women’s Collegiate Championships. In 2008/09, Samford University joins the Southern Conference as a 12th member-institution with 13 student-athlete varsity programs.

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The listing below only includes local events, which bring new and returning sports travelers to the Charleston region. It does not include local professional sports schedules, which bring in participants and spectators to 120+ home games annually. In addition, a complete calendar of all-size road races and endurance competitions is provided as a separate listing on page 30.

Cuthbert Cup – Women’s Golf Organizer: College of Charleston Venue: Cougar/Osprey Point/Kiawah Island Golf Resort www.kiawahresort.com Projected number of athletes = 200+

FEB 26-MARCH 1 The Third Annual Friendship Cup Organizer/Venue: Kiawah Island Golf Resort www.kiawahresort.com Projected number of athletes = 120+

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JANUARY 2009 JAN 16-18 Lowcountry Winter Classic Racquetball Tournament Organizer: SC Racquetball Players Assoc. www.scracquetball.org Venue: MUSC Wellness Center, Charleston SC www.scracquetball.org Projected number of athletes = 100+ 4th Annual Golden Puck Youth Hockey Tournament Organizer: Charleston Youth Hockey Association, www.charlestonyouthhockey.org Venue: Carolina Ice Palace, North Charleston www.carolinaicepalace.com Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees = 2,000+

JAN 24-25 11th Annual James Island Soccer Festival Youth Tournament B/G U11-U18 Organizer: James Island Soccer Club Venue: James Island Soccer Complex www.jiysc.com and www.lowcountrysoccer.net Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees = 400+

FEBRUARY 2009 FEB 5-8 Tusculum College Golf Tournament Organizer: Tusculum College Venue: Kiawah Island Golf Resort www.tusculum.edu/athletics Projected number of athletes, coaches = 100+

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International Junior Golf Tour Organizer/Venue: Kiawah Island Golf Resort www.kiawahresort.com Projected number of athletes = 100+

FEB 13-15 Second Annual Par for Pairs Couples Golf Retreat Organizer/Venue: Kiawah Island Golf Resort www.kiawahresort.com

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College of Charleston Softball Cougar Classic Organizer: College of Charleston Venue: College of Charleston Sports Complex, Mt. Pleasant www.cofcsports.com

FEB 14-15 SAISA Open – Men’s and Women’s Sailing Organizer: College of Charleston Venue: J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center, Mt. Pleasant www.cofcsports.com

FEB 14-16: Junior B Showcase Hockey Tournament Organizer: Charleston Youth Hockey Association, www.charlestonyouthhockey.org Venue: Carolina Ice Palace, North Charleston www.carolinaicepalace.com Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees = 500+

FEB 20-23: 7th Annual SMASH Junior Circle Cup Organizer/Venue: Family Circle Tennis Center, Daniel Island Sanctioned by SCTA, STA and USTA. www.familycirclecup.com Projected number of participants, attendees = 320+

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Sobiech Youth Hockey Tournament Organizer: Charleston Youth Hockey Association, www.charlestonyouthhockey.org Venue: Carolina Ice Palace, North Charleston www.carolinaicepalace.com Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees = 2,000+

FEB 28 Jim Ryckman 3-on-3 Senior Basketball Tournament Organizer: Mt. Pleasant Recreation Dept. Venue: The Jones Center, Mt. Pleasant www.townofmountpleasant.com

FEB 28-MARCH 1 Bob Bavier Team Sailing Race Invitational Organizer: College of Charleston Venue: J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center, Mt. Pleasant www.cofcsports.com

MARCH 2009 MARCH 1-5 10th Annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort National Pro-Am Organizer/Venue: Kiawah Island Golf Resort www.kiawahresort.com Projected number of athletes = 200+

MARCH 5-8 4th Annual Women’s Golf Getaway Weekend Organizer/Venue: Kiawah Island Golf Resort www.kiawahresort.com

MAR 6-8 Squash Doubles 2009 Venue: Charleston Squash Club www.active.com


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2009 Charleston Cup Gymnastics (Girls) Organizer: Charleston Gymnastics Training Center Venue: Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston www.charlestoncup.com Projected number of athletes & attendees = 3,000+

Southeast Junior Hockey League Playoffs Organizer: Charleston Youth Hockey Association, www.charlestonyouthhockey.org Venue: Carolina Ice Palace, North Charleston www.carolinaicepalace.com Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees = 400+

5th Annual Hootie @ Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Golf Event Organizer: Organizing Committee Venue: Bulls Bay Golf Club, Awendaw www.bullsbaygolf.com and www.cofcsports.com Projected number of athletes & coaches = 100+

MARCH 6-8 South Carolina High School Hockey Championships & All-Star Game Organizer: Charleston Youth Hockey Association, www.charlestonyouthhockey.org Venue: Carolina Ice Palace, www.carolinaicepalace.com Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees = TBD

MARCH 6-8 2009 SC Racquetball Players Assoc. State Singles Rights Holder: South Carolina Racquetball Players Association Venue: MUSC Wellness Center www.scracquetball.org Projected number of athletes and attendees = 300+

MARCH 7 2009 Southern Conference Wrestling Championships Organizer/Venue: The Citadel & SoCon www.soconsports.com Projected number of athletes & visitors = 200+

MARCH 7-8 SEARC Championships (Air Rifle) Rights Holder: Southeastern Air Rifle Conference Organizer: The Citadel Athletics Venue: The Citadel Marksmanship Center www.citadelsports.com Projected number of athletes & visitors = 200+

MARCH 7-10 amateurgolf.com 2009 Kiawah Island Two Man Organizer/Venue: Kiawah Island Golf Resort www.kiawahresort.com

MARCH 7-14 2009 Carolina Challenge Cup (6th Annual Pre-season tournament) Event Organizer: Charleston Battery Soccer Venue: Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston SC Three Visiting Professional Teams: DC United, Toronto FC & Real Salt Lake www.charlestonbattery.com

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MARCH 15 IHSA Regionals – Equestrian Organizer: College of Charleston Venue: Charleston County Mullet Hall www.cofcsports.com

MARCH 15 12th Annual Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition Event Organizers: Charleston County PRC Venue: Charleston County Park at James Island www.ccprc

MARCH 20-22 2009 Special Olympics SC State Mid-Winter Games Rights Holder: Special Olympics of SC Organizers: Special Olympics of the Lowcountry Venue: The Citadel www.so-sc.org and www.specialolympicsofthelowcountry.org Projected number of athletes & attendees = 1,000+

MARCH 22 Women of Mass Destruction Roller Derby Competition Event Organizers: Lowcountry High Rollers Venue: Omar Shrine Temple, Mt. Pleasant

MARCH 27-29 Diamond Devils Baseball Youth Baseball/Ages 10-14 Organizer: Diamond Devils Baseball Venue: The Blackwell Sports Complex @ Gahagan www.visitsummerville.com/html/gahagan.html

MARCH 28-29 Mt. Pleasant Piggly Wiggly Soccer Tournament B/G U9-U14 Organizer: Mt. Pleasant Soccer Venue: Patriots Point Soccer Complex and Park West Recreation www.mpsoccer.com and www.mtpleasantrec.com Projected number of athletes = 1,200+

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APRIL 3-5 Hollywood Vibe Dance Competition Organizer: Hollywood Vibe Venue: Charleston Area Convention Complex www.hollywoodvibe.com

APRIL 3-5 3rd US Coast Guard Tournament Mens Slowpitch/Coast Guard-Military Teams Sanctiond by: NSA Organizer/Venue: The Blackwell Sports Complex @ Gahagan www.visitsummerville.com/html/ gahagan.html

APRIL 4 32nd Annual Cooper River Bridge Run & Expo (4/2-4/3) Organizer: CRBR Committee Venue: 6.2 miles from Mt. Pleasant to City of Charleston, Gaillard Auditorium & Marion Square www.bridgerun.com Projected number of runners/walkers = 40,000 maximum

APRIL 11-12 SAISA Dinghy Championships Organizer: College of Charleston Venue: J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center, Mt. Pleasant www.cofcsports.com

APRIL 11-19 2009 Family Circle Cup Rights Holder: Family Circle Cup and Meredith Corp. Organizer/Venue: Family Circle Tennis Center www.familycirclecup.com Projected number of attendees = 90,000+

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11th Annual April’s Finest Senior Softball Classic Organizer: North Charleston Recreation Dept Venue: North Charleston softball fields www.northcharleston.org Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees = 600+

Bridge FA Invitational (2009) B/G U9-U16 Soccer “A Tribute to Robbie Owens” Organizer: Bridge FA Facilities: Charleston Area soccer fields www.bridgefa.com Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees = 6,500+

2009 Lowcountry Soccer Festival, (Adult) Organizer: City of Charleston Recreation Department Venues: Charleston Area soccer fields www.charlestoncity.info Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees = 1,500+

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11th Annual Charleston Memorial Day Baseball Tournament, 15U-18U Organizer: Diamond Devils Baseball Venues: Charleston Area baseball fields www.diamonddevils.org Projected number of team players & coaches = 400+

APRIL 16-19 Charleston Race Week Event Organizer: CORA and SC Maritime Foundation Venue: Charleston Harbor www.charlestonraceweek.com

APRIL 17-19 2009 East Coast Canoe and Kayak Symposium Organizer: Charleston County PRC Venue: James Island County Park www.ccprc.com Projected number of attendees = 1,000+

APRIL 19 2009 East Cooper Coastal Triathlon 0.6-mile swim/16-mile bike/five-mile run Organizer: Charleston Triathlon Club Venues: Isle of Palms County Park, Sullivan’s Island and Mt. Pleasant www.charlestontriathlonclub.com Projected number of athletes, attendees = 200+

APRIL 24-26 Carolina Ice Palace Adult League Tournament Venue: Carolina Ice Palace, North Charleston www.carolinaicepalace.com Projected number of team players and coaches = 300+

APRIL 25 2009 Fitness Exposition (TNT) Event Organizers: Oblique Magazine and Sponsoring Committee Venue: Riverfront Park North Charleston www.obliquefitnessexpo.sc

APRIL 25 9th Annual Bocce Bash Organizer: Special Olympics Committee Venue: Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island www.boccebash.com Projected number of participants = 500+

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MAY 1-3 Carolina Ice Palace Adult League Tournament – A League Venue: Carolina Ice Palace, North Charleston www.carolinaicepalace.com Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees = 300+

MAY 2 Dragon Boat Charleston 2009 Festival Organizer: Dragon Boat Charleston Venue: Brittlebank Park, Ashley River, Charleston www.dragonboatcharleston.org Projected number of participants = 600+

MAY 2-3 National Semifinal Championships-Sailing Organizer: College of Charleston Venue: J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center, Mt. Pleasant www.cofcsports.com

MAY 16-17 May Madness Softball Tournament Sanctioned by: National Baseball Association Event Organizer and Venues: North Charleston Recreation Department www.northcharleston.org and www.playnsa.com Projected number of athletes = 144

MAY 23 2009 NPC JR. USA Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships Local Organizer: Tres Bennett Venue: Charleston Convention Center Complex www.npcjrusa.com

MAY 23-25 Memorial Day 7’s Tournament – Men’s Rugby Organizer: Charleston Outlaw Rugby Football Club Venue: TBD www.charlestonrugby.com Projected number of athletes, attendees = 200+

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MAY 29 – 31 CABA State Championships – Baseball 15U-18U Organizer: Diamond Devils Baseball Venues: Charleston Area baseball fields www.diamonddevils.org Projected number of team players & coaches = 400+

MAY 29 – JUNE 1 Charleston to Bermuda Yacht Race (C2B) Event Organizer: SC Maritime Heritage Foundation Venue: Charleston Harbor (Start) www.charlestontobermuda.com

MAY 30 2009 Lowcountry SPLASH Open-Water Swim Organizer: Rehabilitation’s Center of Charleston Venue: Charleston Harbor www.rcctherapy.com www.lowcountrysplash.com Projected number of participants = 300+

MAY 30-31 Folly Beach Wahine Classic Organizer: SSCESA Venue: Folly Beach Wash Out http://ssc.surfesa.org Projected number of athletes = 150+

JUNE 2009 JUNE 6 SC State Hershey Track Meet Organizer: Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department Venues: Mt. Pleasant facilities www.mtpleasantrec.com Projected number of athletes = 300+


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9th Annual Showdown in Carolina Sanctioned by: National Softball Association Event Organizer and Venues: North Charleston Recreation Department www.northcharleston.org and www.playnsa.com Projected number of athletes = 300

Charleston Harbor Fest 2009 (formerly Maritime Festival) Organizer: South Carolina Maritime Heritage Foundation Venue: Charleston Maritime Center and Charleston Harbor www.charlestonharborfest.org and www.scmaritime.org Projected number of total attendees = 120,000+

Jr. 16u Major League Baseball World Series Organizers: Diamond Devils Baseball Venue: College of Charleston’s Patriot Point Complex www.diamonddevils.org www.cababaseball.com Projected number of players & coaches = 800+

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2009 USSSA Baseball World Series -AAA (6U, 7U, 8U) Organizers: North Charleston Recreation, Mt. Pleasant Recreation and Gahagan Sports Complex Venue: Charleston and Summerville area fields www.usssabaseball.org Projected number of teams = 225

JUNE 13 McDonald’s 3v3 Soccer Challenge Organizer: Lowcountry Soccer Venue: Charleston Southern University Projected number of team players, attendees = 3,200+

JUNE 19-21 Midsummer Classic Baseball Tournament, U15-U18 Organizer: Diamond Devils Baseball Venues: Charleston Area baseball fields www.diamonddevils.org Projected number of team players & coaches, attendees = 500+

JUNE 19-21 Diamond Devils Baseball /Ages 8-16 Organizer: Diamond Devils Baseball Venue: The Blackwell Sports Complex @ Gahagan www.visitsummerville.com/html/ gahagan.html www.diamonddevils.org

JUNE 21, JULY 12, AUG 2 AND AUG 16 2009 Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series (4) .3 mile lake swim/13 mile bike/5K run Organizer: Charleston Triathlon Club Venue: James Island County Park www.charlestontriathlonclub.com Projected number of athletes = 300+/each of 4 events

JUNE 23-27 2009 Rice Planters Amateur Golf Championship Organizer/Venue: Snee Farm Country Club, Mt. Pleasant www.sneefarmcc.com/rpa Projected number of players = 90+

JUNE 25 Babe Ruth Softball State Tournaments (10U, 12U, 14U, 16 & 18U) Event Organizers/Venues: St. Andrews PP and James Island Venues: TBD www.standrewsparks.com

Fletcher World Series Youth Baseball/Ages 10-14 Organizer: Fletcher Baseball Venue: The Blackwell Sports Complex @ Gahagan www.visitsummerville.com/html/ gahagan.html www.fletcherbaseball.com

JULY 2009 JULY 8-11 7th Annual HMY-Viking MegaDock Billfishing Tournament. Sanctioned by: World Billfishing Series Event Organizer/Venue: The City Marina Company www.megadocktournament.com Projected number of anglers = 500+

JULY 8-12, 14-18 Charleston Summer Classic USEF AA Hunter-Jumper Competition Event Organizer: The Classic Co. Venue: Mullet Hall Equestrian Center www.ccprc.com

JULY 11 Columbia United FC Clash of the Carolinas Event Organizer: SC HS Soccer Coaches Association Venue: Blackbaud Stadium Daniel Island, SC www.scsoccer.com

JULY 18-19 Battle in Chucktown Sanctioned by: National Softball Association Event Organizer and Venues: North Charleston Recreation Department www.northcharleston.org and www.playnsa.com Projected number of athletes = 144

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JULY 24-26 Charleston Open 2009 (Figure Skating) Organizer: Figure Skating Club of Charleston Venue: Carolina Ice Palace, North Charleston www.carolinaicepalace.com and www.fscofcharleston.com

JULY 24-30 2009 Dixie Majors World Series Organizer: North Charleston Recreation Dept. Venue: North Charleston baseball fields www.northcharleston.org

JULY 25-26 Charleston 6v6 Shootout Organizer: James Island Soccer Club Venue: James Island Soccer fields www.jisc.com Projected number of participants, attendees = 1,320+

JULY 28-AUG 2 6th Annual CABA 18u Wood Bat World Series Organizer: Diamond Devils Baseball Venue: Charleston Area Baseball Fields www.diamonddevils.org www.cababaseball.com Projected number of players and coaches = 500+

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AUGUST 2009 AUG 8-9 2nd Annual Back to School Blast Sanctioned by: National Softball Association Event Organizer and Venues: North Charleston Recreation Department www.northcharleston.org and www.playnsa.com Projected number of athletes = 144

AUG 8-9 Beach Tennis USA National Tour Stop Event Organizer: Beach Tennis Charleston Venue: Creekside Tennis & Swim www.beachtennisusa.net

AUG 15 USSSA Softball Tournament Mens Slowpitch Sanctioned by: USSSA Organizers/ Venue: The Blackwell Sports Complex @ Gahagan www.visitsummerville.com/html/ gahagan.html

AUG 28-30 USSSA-Lowcountry Baseball /Ages 10-16 Organizers/ Venue: The Blackwell Sports Complex @ Gahagan www.visitsummerville.com/html/ gahagan.html

AUG 29-30 6th Annual SC Governor’s Cup of Surfing Organizer: SSCESA Venue: Folly Beach Wash Out http://ssc.surfesa.org

SEPTEMBER 2009 SEPT 5-7 Labor Day Baseball Tournament, U15-U18 Organizer: Diamond Devils Baseball Venues: Charleston Area baseball fields www.diamonddevils.org Projected team players & coaches = 350+

SEPT 6-8 USC-Aiken Men’s Golf Tournament Organizer: USC-Aiken Venues: Kiawah Island Golf Resort www.pacersports.com Projected number of athletes & coaches = 100+

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SEPT 26-27

4th Annual Atlantic Hurricane Challenge Sanctioned by: National Softball Association Event Organizer and Venues: North Charleston Recreation Department www.northcharleston.org and www.playnsa.com Projected number of athletes = 216

2nd Annual Low Country Shoot Out Sanctioned by: National Softball Association Event Organizer and Venues: North Charleston Recreation Department www.northcharleston.org and www.playnsa.com Projected number of athletes = 180

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SEPT 26-27

USTA South Carolina Mixed Doubles State Championship Rights Holder: USTA Event Organizer: City of Charleston Recreation Department Venues: Chas Tennis Ctr and Maybank Tennis Ctr www.charlestoncity.info Projected number of athletes & attendees = 1,000+

15th Annual Charleston Fall Baseball Classic, U15-U18 Organizer: Diamond Devils Baseball Venues: Charleston Area baseball fields www.diamonddevils.org Projected number of team players & coaches = 400+

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USSSA-Lowcountry Baseball /Ages 10-16 Organizers/ Venue: The Blackwell Sports Complex @ Gahagan www.visitsummerville.com/html/ gahagan.html

USSSA Softball Tournament Mens Slowpitch Sanctiond by: USSSA Organizers/Venue: The Blackwell Sports Complex @ Gahagan www.visitsummerville.com/html/ gahagan.html

SEPT 12 2009 Half Rubber World Series Organizer: Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department Venue: Park West Recreation Complex, Mt. Pleasant www.mtpleasantrec.com

SEPT 13-15 2009 College of Charleston Cougar Classic Women’s Golf Invitational Organizer: College of Charleston Athletics Venues: Yeaman’s Hall Golf Club, Hanahan www.cofcsports.com

SEPT 20 2009 Scottish Highland Games Organizer: Charleston Scots Organization Venue: Boone Hall Plantation www.charlestonscots.org

SEPT 20 16th Annual Kiawah Island Triathlon 1.5K ocean swim, 45K bike, and 10K run Organizer: Mike Loggins Venue: Kiawah Island www.charlestontriathlonclub.com Projected number of athletes = 300 max.

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OCT 2-4 2009 Charleston Select Soccer Shootout Girls U11-19 Organizer: Mt. Pleasant Soccer Club Venue: Mt. Pleasant Soccer Complex www.mpsoccer.com Projected number of athletes = 2,500+

OCT 7-12 Alan Fleming Senior Open Clay Court State Championship Organizer/Venue: The Club at Seabrook Island, SC www.lowcountry.usta.com Projected number of athletes = 200+

OCT 9-11 USSSA-Lowcountry Softball Girls Fastpitch/Ages 10-14 Organizers/ Venue: The Blackwell Sports Complex @ Gahagan www.visitsummerville.com/html/ gahagan.html

OCT 9-11 2009 Charleston Select Soccer Shootout Boys U11-19 Organizer: Mt. Pleasant Soccer Club Venue: Mt. Pleasant Soccer Complex www.mpsoccer.com Projected number of athletes = 2,500+


OCT 10-11 Charleston Water Sport Fall Surf Expo & Joe Hiller Long Board Classic Organizer: SSCESA Venues: Isle of Palms Surf http://ssc.surfesa.org

OCT 16-19 K-Swiss Kiawah Junior Clay Court Championships Organizer/Venue: Kiawah Island Tennis Resort www.lowcountry.usta.com Projected number of athletes = 320+

OCT 16-19 2009 SC Combo Doubles State Championships Organizers: Family Circle Cup and LCTA Venue: Family Circle Tennis Center, Daniel Island www.lowcountry.usta.com Projected number of athletes = 800+

OCT 17-18 Charleston Wood Bat Baseball Tournament, U15-U18 Organizer: Diamond Devils Baseball Venues: Charleston Area baseball fields www.diamonddevils.org Projected number of team players & coaches = 300+

OCT 22-25 2009 Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island (Men's Prof Golf) Event Organizer: Family Circle Tennis Center Event Management Staff Venue: Ralston Creek Course at Daniel Island Golf Club www.nationwidetourchampionship.com

OCT 24-27 College of Charleston's Women Golf Event Event Organizer: College of Charleston Athletics Venue: Kiawah Island Golf Resort www.cofcsports.com Projected number of athletes = 75

OCT 30-NOV 1 17th Annual Charleston Fall Classic Organizer: Diamond Devils Baseball Venues: Charleston Area baseball fields www.diamonddevils.org Projected number of team players & coaches = 550+

NOVEMBER 2009 NOV 5-8 SC Super Senior State Championships Organizers: LCTA and USTA SC Venue: Wild Dunes Resorts, Isle of Palms www.lowcountry.usta.com Projected number of athletes = 750+

NOV 5-8 2009 Big South Women’s Soccer Championships Organizer: Big South and CSU Venue: Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island www.bigsouthsports.com Projected number of athletes, coaches, attendees = 120+

2009 Southern Conference Volleyball Championships Organizer/Venue: College of Charleston & SoCon www.soconsports.com

DECEMBER 2009 DEC 3-6 10th FestiVELO de Charleston Organizer: Coastal Cyclists Club Venues: Charleston area roads, Riley Park – headquarters www.coastalcyclists.org www.festivelo.org

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NOV 7 The Citadel Football Homecoming (vs Wofford) Organizer: The Citadel Athletics Venue: Johnson Hagood Stadium www.citadelsports.com Projected number of attendees = 18,000+

NOV. 7-8 4th Annual Fall Classic on the Coast Sanctioned by: National Softball Association Event Organizer and Venues: North Charleston Recreation Department www.northcharleston.org and www.playnsa.com Projected number of athletes = 144

NOV 11-15 Southern Senior Clay Court Closed Tennis Championships Organizers: Kiawah Tennis and LCTA Venue: Kiawah Island Tennis Resort www.lowcountry.usta.com Projected number of athletes = 200

NOV 13-15 Mt. Pleasant Junior Tennis Classic Organizers: LCTA and Mt. Pleasant Recreation Venue: Mt. Pleasant’s Kerr Tennis Center (Whipple Road) www.lowcountry.usta.com

NOV 19-22 Charleston Classic College Basketball Tournament Organizers: ESPN & CMSC Venue: College of Charleston Arena www.charlestonclassic.com Projected number of attendees = 12,000+

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32nd Annual Kiawah Island Marathon and 1/2 Marathon Sanctioned by USATF, Qualifier for Boston Marathon Organizer: Kiawah Island Resort Recreation Venue: Kiawah Island www.kiawahresort.com/recreation/ marathon Projected number of attendees = 4,000 maximum

DEC 12-13 2nd Annual Holiday Classic/South Carolina Fall Championships Sanctioned by: National Softball Association Event Organizer and Venues: North Charleston Recreation Department www.northcharleston.org and www.playnsa.com Projected number of athletes = 144

DEC 19-20 Applebees 3v3 Soccerfest Event Organizer: Lowcountry Soccer Location: Goose Creek, SC www.lowcountrysoccer.net Projected number of team players, coaches, attendees: 2,400+

DEC 26-30 17th Annual Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic – HS Invitational Organizers: N. Charleston Rotary Club and Community In Schools Venue: West Ashley High School, Charleston www.roundballclassic.com Projected number of athletes = 300+

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2009 CHARLESTON AREA FITNESS AND ENDURANCE EVENTS: R O A D R A C E S , WA L K S , S W I M S , C Y C L I N G , D U AT H O N S , T R I AT H L O N S

For updates, go to www.sportscouncil.org 1/01:

7th United Way TeenLine Resolution 5K Run & Walk, Riley Park, www.tuw.org

1/17:

13th Laura Griffin Memorial 5K Run & Walk, College of Charleston – Charleston Historic Area, www.cofc.edu/lauragriffinrun

1/24:

Dream Walk & Run 5K, McClellanville – Lincoln HS, #843-887-3944

1/31:

26th Charlie Post Classic 15K Run, 5K and Walk, Sullivan’s Island, www.charlestonrunningclub.com

2/07:

Save the Light Half Marathon and 5K Run, Folly Beach, www.charlestonrunningclub.com

2/21:

7th MESSA 8K for H20, Folly Beach, www.charlestonrunningclub.com

2/21:

Girls Play 5K Run, Hampton Park, Charleston, www.charlestoncity.info

3/07:

4th Lifepoint Gift of Life Run/Walk 5K, James Island County Park, www.charlestonrunningclub.com

3/07:

13th Citadel Bulldog Challenge 6-mile Course, The Citadel, www.active.com

3/14:

31st Flowertown Festival 10K Run, 5K Run & 1-mile Race, Summerville, www.summervilleymca.org

3/21:

Palmetto Swamp Fox Adventure Race, Kayak (12-15 miles), Trail Bike (19-25 miles), and Trek (15-20 miles), Francis Marion National Forest, www.kandoadventures.com

3/21:

Inaugural The Stiletto Stampede, 100 Yards, Mt. Pleasant, www.stilettostampede.com

3/21:

Daniel Island 5K Race & Walk, Bishop England HS, www.charlestonrunningclub.com

3/22:

Wholly Cow Ice Cream & Coffee Ride, 60-mile and 11-mile fun ride, www.coastalcyclists.org

3/28:

Race Judica 5K Run/Walk, Charleston Hampton Park, www.the extramileinc.com

4/04:

32nd Cooper River Bridge 10k Run & Walk, Expo and Kids Run, Mt. Pleasant and Charleston Historic Area, www.bridgerun.com

4/05:

After the Bridge Run Bicycle Rides – 100-mile Century, 67-mile Metric Century, and 30 mile Rides, Charleston Area, www.coastalcyclists.org

4/11:

2008 RiverDogs Run Forrest Run 5K & Walk, Riley Park, www.riverdogs.com

4/16:

3rd Charleston Digital Corridor iFive:k, Charleston historic, www.ifivek.com

4/19:

East Cooper Coastal Triathlon – 0.6 mile swim, 16-mile bike, 5-mile run, Isle of Palms, www.charlestontriathlonclub.com

5/TBA:

2nd Annual TrySports Green Village Tour 8k Run / 5k walk, North Charleston

5/02:

Hell Hole Swamp Festival 34th Gator Run, 8:30 a.m., 10K, Jamestown, MikeALake@aol.com

5/02:

Qu’est-ce Que C’est? 12 hours, Charleston Hampton Park, www.charlestonrunningclub.com

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5/10:

Atlantic Bank & Trust Duathlon 5K Run, 20-Mile Bike, 5K Run, St. Johns HS, Johns Island, SC.

5/30:

Lowcountry Splash, 2.4 Mile Harbor Swim, Mt. Pleasant, www.rcctherapy.com

5/30:

9th ALS Hope Beach 5K Run & Walk, Isle of Palms Beach, www.alshoperace.com

6/13:

18th Floppin’ Flounder 5K Run and Walk, 8 a.m., Sullivan’s Island Fire Department, #843-883-9944

6/21:

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #1 of 4 – 0.3 mile swim, 13-mile bike, 5K run, James Island County Park, www.charlestontriathlonclub.com

6/20:

4th Daniel Island Kids Triathlon, Daniel Island, www.charlestoncity.info

7/9:

7th Daniel Island Twilight Fun Run Series of Four, 5K & Walk, Bishop England HS, Daniel Island, SC. Additional dates: 7/23, 8/6, 8/20

7/12:

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #2 of 4 – 0.3 mile swim, 13-mile bike, 5K run, James Island County Park, www.charlestontriathlonclub.com

7/18:

Isle of Palms Beach Run, 8 a.m., IOP Beach, #843-886-8294

8/02:

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #3 of 4 – 0.3 mile swim, 13-mile bike, 5K run, James Island County Park, www.charlestontriathlonclub.com

7/04:

3rd July 4th Cross Country 5K Run, Trophy Lakes, Johns Island, SC., www.the extramileinc.com

8/16:

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #4 of 4 – 0.3 mile swim, 13-mile bike, 5K run, James Island County Park, www.charlestontriathlonclub.com

8/29:

10th Race for the ARK 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk, Summerville, www.angelfire.com/sc2/racefortheark

9/20:

16th Kiawah Island Triathlon – 1.5k ocean swim, 45k bike, 10K run., Beachwalker County Park, www.charlestontriathlonclub.com

9/26:

6th Carolina Children’s Charity 8K Run & Walk, Hanahan, www.carolinachildren.org

9/26:

5th Waves and Wishes 5K Run & Walk, Folly Beach, www.wavesandwishes.org

10/03:

17th Isle of Palms Connector 10K, 5K Run & Walk, IOP Bridge, www.iopconnectorrun.com

10/17:

16th Race for the Cure 5K Run & Walk, Daniel Island, www.komenlowcountry.org

10/24:

Inaugural Monster Dash & Goblin Gallop, Sullivan's Island, SC

10/25:

2nd Annual Ride for Hope, Daniel Island, Blackbaud Stadium, www.charlestonrideforhope.com

10/25:

5th Barrier Island ECOthon, 5-mile paddle, 10-mile run/trek, a total of 0.6 mile of swimming and a 20-mile bike ride, Awendaw, ecothon@gmail.com

11/TBA: 12th James Island Connector 10K Run and Walk, James Island Bridge, www.jamesislandconnectorrun.com 11/TBA: Holiday Festival of Lights 5K Run & Walk, James Island County Park, www.ccprc.com 11/14:

Folly Beach 10-Mile Run & 5-Mile Walk, Folly Beach, SC, www.the extramileinc.com

11/14:

Old Village Harbor Run, 5K run and walk, Mt. Pleasant, www.townofmountpleasant.com

11/26:

32nd Knights of Columbus Turkey Day 5K Run, Charleston Historic Area, www.turkeydayrun.com

12/2-7:

FestiVELO de Charleston, multi-event bicycling, Charleston Area, www.festivelo.org

12/05:

19th Reindeer 5K Run and Walk, Charleston Historic Area, www.reindeerrun.org

12/12:

32nd Kiawah Island Marathon and Half Marathon, Kiawah Island Resort, www.Kiawahresort.com/recreation/marathon

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Sports

Lifestyle

from A-Z

Make Charleston part of your sports scene in 2009! elcome to the best sports, recreation and fitness mecca in the United States! The Greater Charleston area has the most active and competitive recreational enthusiasts, per capita, than anywhere else in the states. Noble bragging yes, but the locals know it to be true. And until another sports-driven, metropolitan area challenges us – we will hold on to our banner in pride! We challenge another area to prove they can as well, provide A-Z in sports action! Sports activities for the visitor and local resident – it is all here for you! – compiled by the Charleston Metro Sports Council

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A ARENA SPORTS – SOCCER AND DODGEBALL Arena City Soccer and Sports, is a year-round facility with recreational arena soccer and dodgeball leagues. GO! PH#: 843-763-6080

ADULT TEAM SPORTS Each local recreational department offers a number of league play for all skill levels. Refer to listing on the side of “Charleston Area Recreation Departments.” The Charleston Sports and Social Club offers adult recreation team sports for softball, football, kickball, soccer, beach and indoor volleyball, frisbee golf, and more. GO! www.charlestonssc.com

AUTOCROSS The South Carolina Charleston Chapter of the Sports Car Club of America conducts an annual autocross school. www.scsportscar.com

B BADMINTON Charleston has a local club of badminton enthusiasts. Open play at the College of Charleston’s Johnson Center gym. GO! www.badmintoncharleston.com

BASKETBALL Refer to separate listing of “Charleston Area Recreation Departments.”

BEACH SPORTS Charleston County’s coastline has ample open public beach front access for swimming, surfing, paddelball, bocce and even non-traditional sports. The primary beaches are Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Edisto Beach, Seabrook and Kiawah Islands. GO! www.ccprc.com

BEACH TENNIS First U.S. exhibition of this hybrid sport was held in May 2005 at the Charleston Maritime Festival. Now, the area is home to a Beach Tennis USA licensee group, the Carolina Beach Tennis. Local competitors have been featured on The Tennis Channel. GO! www.cptltennis.com and www.beachtennisusa.net

BEACH VOLLEYBALL Daniel Island has been a stop on the AVP Crocs Tour – The Charleston Open. In addition, the EVP Tour makes a stop at Isle of Palms Windjammer once a year. GO! www.evptour.com. And for recreational fun, the Charleston Beach Volleyball & Social Club is available with league play in the fall. GO! www.charlestonvolleyball.net

BIKING See Cycling & Outdoor Adventure Program.

BASEBALL A number of elite teams and clubs are available for the aspiring young baseball player. Check out Diamond Devils Baseball, GO! www.diamonddevils.org, and Mt. Pleasant’s Diamond Warriors, GO! www.diamondwarriors.org The local chapter of the national Men’s Adult Baseball League (MABL) was formed in 1992 and season runs from May to August. GO! www.cmabl.com. Also, refer to separate listing of “Charleston Area Recreation Departments.”

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BOATING Some own, some lease and then some choose to have friends who have boats! • Where to Buy Charleston is host to a number of boat expos each year. The Charleston Area Convention Complex is the site for the Charleston Boat Show each January. The Maritime Events/City Marina Co. host an in-water boat show each April. GO! www.charlestonspringboatshow.com • Where to Launch 14 Chas County PRC public boat landings, GO! www.ccprc.com • Where to Dock More than 10 marinas along the inland waterway, including the Charleston Maritime Center, the host site for maritime activities. GO! www.ci.charleston.sc.us • Where to Eat Many restaurants at Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant’s Old Village cater to diners by water. www.townofmountpleasant.com

AREA RECREATION DEPARTMENTS Due to Charleston’s unique geographic location, bridges and bodies of water separate the communities. However, collaboration efforts among the recreation agencies are far from being divided. These groups have developed cohesiveness and successful working relationships in providing various recreational programs and special events. They continue to maximize their resources through “partnerships,” ultimately allowing more funding to be used directly for the youth and adults involved in their programs.

Charleston County Park Recreation Commission www.ccprc.com Phone: 843-762-2172

BOCCE Special Olympics of the Lowcountry hosts the region’s best corporate team challenge each year, the Bocce Bash, with close to 120 companies enjoying a day of competitive fun. www.boccebash.com

City of Charleston Recreation Department www.ci.charleston.sc.us Phone: 843-724-7327

BODYBUILDING The NPC JR. USA Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships are held at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center each May. GO! www.npcjrusa.com

BOXING

City of North Charleston Recreation Department www.northcharleston.org Phone: 843-745-1028

Many locals practice their skills at Hurricane Boxing, a full service, state of the art boxing venue and practice facility for the College of Charleston Boxing Club. Boxers and enthusiasts at all levels are welcome. www.boxinggyms.com/hurricane.htm

Town of Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department www.mtpleasantrec.com Phone: 843-884-2528

C CANOE See Kayak and Canoe.

St. Andrews Parks & Playgrounds www.standrewsparks.com Phone: 843-763-4360

CHEER See Dance and Cheer.

CYCLING Charleston is home to the Lowcountry VW Racing Team, an amateur-level racing organization, GO! www.lowcountryvwracing.com . A number of short circuit and criterium races are held annually. FestiVELO includes five days of all size tours, including a century and metric century tour in Charleston. GO! www.festivelo.org. This event along with many other activities are presented by the local Coastal Cyclists organization. GO! www.coastalcyclists.org Other local groups include, www.summervillecyclist.org and http://holycitybikecoop.org

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SC PARKS Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site where history comes alive! Walk on the very spot where English Colonists in 1670 established the first permanent European settlement in the Carolinas. Visit the newly-renovated state park at 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston. Phone: 843-852-4200 or www.charlestowne.org

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CHARLESTON WATERWAYS VOTED #1 VENUE FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES Charleston Metro Area has a mild year-round climate with 234 days of sunshine, providing the perfect setting for outdoor sports and recreation. It includes more than 90 miles of Atlantic coastline, acres of freshwater lakes and rivers, and vast stretches of tidal marsh, the region is a water lover’s paradise. Just some of the water-centered activities enjoyed by area residents:

CYCLING – TRAILS No mountains at the coast, but the Francis Marion Park and Swamp Fox National Recreation Trail offer perfect terrain with a number of trails. GO! www.sctrails.net and www.dirtworld.com.

D DANCE AND CHEER For young adults, there is a huge influx of national and regional youth dance and cheer competitions, with major events scheduled annually including the Hollywood Vibe Dance Competition, at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex. For schedules, GO! www.charlestonconvention.com

DANCE – SHAGGING

• Sailing and boating (with 17 marinas)

Charleston is often recognized for the city where the popular dance of the ’20s was created, known as “The Charleston.” On the other hand, or foot, The Shag has been declared the state’s official dance. Since the early ’60s, The Shag has been the favorite adult dance. GO! www.charlestonshagclub.com and www.islandersshagclub.com

• Saltwater and freshwater fishing

DISABLE SPORTS

• Canoeing and kayaking • Swimming and surfing • Shelling and beach strolling • Bird watching • Hiking and camping • Hunting • Waterside dining • Charleston Metro Area Parks & Preservation – More than 160 parks and recreational areas – encompassing more than 8,000 acres – are located throughout the region, with a total of 400,000 acres of protected lands. Programs are also in place to continually set aside dedicated green space and protected lands and waterways.

Charleston has a number of proactive organizations to meet the needs of both youth and adults with disabilities, including physical and intellectual: • Charleston Miracle League, a special field for disable children to play baseball, GO! www.charlestonmiracleleague.org • Opening in April 2009, the Summerville Miracle League, GO! www.summervillemiracleleague.org • Special Olympics of the Lowcountry, More than 1,600 athletes, 170 unified partners and 650 coaches and volunteers. The Midwinter Games are often held in Charleston, GO! www.specialolympicsofthelowcountry.org • Unified Sports, combine athletes with and without disabilities to enhance opportunities and achievements. All recreation departments offer programs, including the therapeutic programs at City of Charleston’s Recreation. GO! www.charlestoncity.info/recreation • North Charleston Recreation Dept organizes a wheelchair basketball league and traveling team. GO! www.northcharleston.org

DISC GOLF The Charleston area has 3 publicly accessible courses: Trophy Lakes on John’s Island, Park Circle in North Charleston, and Tidal Creek in West Ashley. These courses are host to several Charleston Disc Golf Club events and provide challenge and entertainment to players of all skill levels. For all course information, GO! www.charlestondgc.com.

DODGEBALL Charleston Sports & Social Club organizes leagues for recreational enthusiasts. GO! www.charlestonssc.com. Also, Arena City Sports offer league play at an outdoor, walled and lighted, artificial turf field.

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DOG SPORTS The Low Country Dog Agility Club is dedicated to pursuing the sport of dog agility either competitively or just for fun. Each Spring, Mt. Pleasant's Palmetto County Park host a USDAA sanctioned tournament event and agility test. http://lcda.bravepages.com. Also, fans of the dockdogs® can see competition during the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, held annually in February. www.sewe.com

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DRAGON BOAT CREW Dragon Boat Charleston is an active and competitive crew promoting wellness among cancer survivors and community through dragon boating at Bristol Marina. Anyone can become a crew member and a new community team, Charleston Surge, has formed. GO! www.dragonboatcharleston.org The 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Festival will be staged at Brittlebank Park on May 2, 2009. All skill levels compete and corporations are encouraged.

E EQUESTRIAN Johns Island’s Mullet Hall Equestrian Center serves as a 738-acre host site for competitive horse shows, festivals, events, exhibitions, and trail riding. GO! www.ccprc.com

F FENCING The Dueling Society of Charleston provide fencing form, tactics, and psychology. GO! www.fencing.net for information about all fencing groups in the area.

FIELD HOCKEY Local women’s field hockey information @ Ph#: 843-475-2442.


FIGURE SKATING Carolina Ice Palace is home to the Figure Skating Club of Charleston and hosts a number of events & programs, GO! www.carolinaicepalace.com and www.fsofcharleston.com

FISHING, FRESH-WATER Just outside the area, man-made lakes, Marion and Moultrie, are host to many competitive contests.

FISHING, IN-SHORE A reputation for trout, snapper, bass, whiting and king mackerel which can be found in rivers, creeks and sounds indigenous to the Lowcountry. Shrimp and oysters are favorite choices among the dining enthusiasts.

FISHING, DEEP-SEA Charters are available to take deep-sea enthusiasts to the world famous blackfish banks off Charleston Harbor. The Gulf Stream is 60 miles off the coast where dolphin and sailfish are plentiful. • GO-fish Web sites: www.dnr.sc.gov www.lowcountryfishscales.com www.carolinaladyanglers.org www.charlestonfishing.com

FITNESS Charleston Moves is a non-profit organization promoting bicycling, walking, running and public transportation for a healthy community and healthy lifestyle. A number of initiatives are on the “move” including working on the East Coast Greenway through Charleston. www.charlestonmoves.org A Parcourse FitCircuit Course is located at Hampton Park in Charleston and offers a method for gradual conditioning and all around fitness training. The equipment consists of eight separate fitness stations, with a total of 15 different exercise events. The loop road around the park is approximately one-mile long, offering a great area for walking, running, cycling and even rollerblading. For street closure times, go to www.ci.charleston.sc.us

G GYMNASTICS James Island Recreation Complex is home of the Charleston Gymnastics Training Center. Talented and hard working athletes participate in competitions at the local, state, regional, national and international level and the competitive teams are recognized as one of the finest in the southeast. www.charleston-gymnastics.com

GOLF Charleston is the site of the first golf club, dating back to 1786. Now 223 years later, the area has some 30 private & public golf courses to call its own. A complete guide of all Charleston area courses. GO! www.charlestongolfguide.com City of Charleston and North Charleston both own municipal golf courses. Charleston Municipal is located in James Island, www.charlestoncity.info, and Wescott Plantation in North Charleston/Summerville area, www.northcharleston.org.

H HALF-RUBBER A cross between baseball and stick ball, many claim the sport began on the Charleston’s beaches. Each year, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Mt. Pleasant stage competitions, bringing new visitors from other states. Tournament info at www.halfrubber.com.

HIKING The Charleston Hiking Club, GO! http://www.angelfire.com/extreme3/chc

HORSEBACK RIDING Many opportunities for riding lessons and trail rides. The Inn at Middleton Place has its own equestrian Center, GO! www.theinnatmiddletonplace.com

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Refer to listing on the side of “Charleston Area Recreation Departments.”

Carolina Ice Palace is the practice facility for the local professional hockey team, the South Carolina Stingrays and offers practice facilities for all age groups. GO! www.carolinaicepalace.com. Including: senior leagues, high schools and the Wolverines Youth Travel Hockey program.

FOOTBALL Refer to listing on the side of “Charleston Area Recreation Departments.”

FOX HUNTING Middleton Place Hounds is a hunt club with several fox hunts & casual rides throughout the season. Spectators are encouraged. Middleton Place also hosts the Blessing of the Hounds to mark the opening of fox hunting season each year in November. www.middletonplace.org • www.middletonplacehounds.com

ICE SKATING Carolina Ice Palace is a state-of-the-art facility for all ages and skill levels. Great for parties and group outings. GO! www.carolinaicepalace.com

J JET SKIING The intercoastal waterway is a perfect venue for jet skiing and many rental establishments are available for the novice to the avid skier.

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KAYAK/CANOE Five public landings and the Atlantic Ocean offer easy access to water. GO! www.ccprc.com The Lowcountry Paddlers is a fun, diverse group of enthusiasts. GO! www.lowcountrypaddlers.net

KICKBALL The City of Charleston Recreation Department has added this new sports craze to their program list. GO! www.charlestoncity.info Charleston Sports and Social Club offers a number of league play as well. GO! www.charlestonssc.com

KITEBOARDING Charleston’s coastal area is a premier USA Kiteboarding spot, with incredible “air” GO! www.catchsomeair.us for information on all the barrier islands.

L LACROSSE The sport of lacrosse has finally made the Charleston scene and is fastly growing at all levels. The Charleston Men’s Lacrosse Club organizes adult lacrosse teams. GO! http://charlestonlacrosse.ialax.com. The Wando Lacrosse Club is for girls and boys. GO! www.wandolacrosse.org. And the Lowcountry Lacrosse Youth League (LLYL) has recently been established.

• Public Skating • Figure Skating • Group & Private Skating Lessons • Adult & Youth Hockey Leagues • Adult & Youth Learn To Play Hockey • Women’s Hockey • Birthday & Private Parties • Arcade & Virtual Reality • Full Service Pro Shop • Penalty Box Lounge • Catering

OFFICIAL Practice Facility Of The South Carolina Stingrays 7665 Northwoods Blvd. – North Charleston, SC 29406

(843) 572-2717 www.carolinaicepalace.com

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A number of facilities for martial arts including Aikido, Karate, Judo, Ju-jitsu,and Taekwondo. Charleston Krav Maga is the only certified mixed martial arts studio in the area and home of the Charleston Combat Team. www.charlestonkravmaga.com

Charleston County PRC provides a wide range of outdoor adventure recreation including hiking, backpacking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, a climbing wall and challenge course. The first of its kind to be accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. www.ccprc.com Middleton Place also has a great outdoor program including, kayaking, nature trails, horseback riding and a challenge course. GO! www.middletonplace.org

MARATHON RUNNING Kiawah Island just celebrated their 31st anniversary staging the area’s only marathon and 1/2 marathon. Kiawah Island Marathon is sanctioned by the USATF and listed as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. www.kiawahresort.com/recreation/marathon Folly Beach is the site for another 1/2 marathon (includes 5K) with over 700 participants. www.savethelight.org

P PAINTBALL An established club sport at The Citadel, where many cadet teams have competed on a national basis. Mt. Pleasant’s Park West Recreation Complex is now offering “Paintball days.” GO! www.mtpleasantrec.com

O OCEAN RACING The Charleston Ocean Racing Association is a local sailing club, which hosts races and social events year-round.GO! www.charlestonoceanracing.org

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POLO Charleston has a rich history of polo being played on plantations such as Boone Hall and Stono Ferry Plantations. The sport has made an official comeback to the Lowcountry with the newly formed Charleston Polo Club. The club hosts events at the Longwood Plantation near Huger SC. GO! www.charlestonpolo.com Or learn to play with lessons offered at Carolina Polo & Carriage Company. GO! www.cpcc.com

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RACQUETBALL Charleston has a number of facilities with courts, including St. Andrews Family Fitness Center and the MUSC Harper Center. For local tournament schedules, GO! www.scracquetball.org

ROCK CLIMBING

SCUBA DIVING Plenty of opportunities and clubs in the area, GO! www.charlestondiving.com

SCOTTISH GAMES Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering is held at Boone Hall Plantation each fall. GO! www.charlestonscots.org/joomla

Charleston County PRC has a 50-foot-tall climbing wall with up to 14 top ropes. Combined with the Bouldering Cave, they offer 6,000 square feet of climbing surfaces. Host site for annual competitions. CLIMB! www.ccprc.com

SKATEBOARDING

ROLLER DERBY

SKIING/SNOWBOARDING

The Lowcountry Highrollers are Chalreston’s first and only women’s derby team. Contact reddread22@gmail.com

No resorts in Charleston, but the Greater Charleston Ski Club organizes great trips for locals! GO! www.charlestonskiclub.org

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GO! www.lowcountrypaddlers.net and GO! www.charlestonrowing.com But don’t forget the Dragon Boat rowing opportunities at www.dragonboatcharleston.org

A number of soccer clubs are organized for the advancement of youth in this sport. – Bridge Football Alliance, www.bridgefa.com, – Charleston United Soccer, www.charlestonunitedsoccer.net – Mount Pleasant Soccer, www.mpsoccer.com – James Island Youth Soccer Club, www.jiysc.info – Summerville Soccer Club, www.summervillesoccerclub.com Go to Lowcountry Soccer, www.lowcountrysoccer.net for schedules as well as the separate listing of “Charleston Area Recreation Departments.”

RUGBY Charleston Outlaws Rugby Football Club for 35 years strong! The local club hosts a number of local tournaments and travel throughout the state and region for competitions. GO! www.charlestonrugby.com The Hurricanes WRFC is for experience and non-experience women rugby players. www.charlestonwomensrugby.org

RUNNING AND ROAD RACES Charleston is home to a number of local running clubs including; Charleston Running Club, GO! www.charlestonrunningclub.com and Mt. Pleasant Track Club at GO! www.mtpleasantrec.com. The international club, Hash House Harriers has its own Charleston club, the Happy Heretics. GO! www.happyhereticsh3.us/home.html for the next run in the Holy City and other local areas. **ALL ROAD RACES are listed separately on page 30.**

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SOFTBALL The North Charleston Recreation Department hosts girl’s fast pitch softball tournaments annually. All are sanctioned by the National Softball Association for girls 10U-16U. GO! www.northcharleston.org and www.playnsa.com The North Charleston Recreation Department is affiliated with the Lowcountry Senior Softball Association and have men 50+ participate in both recreational and competitive softball programs. GO! www.northcharleston.org

SQUASH Charleston has a squash club, contact the Charleston Squash Club PH#: 843-577-1099.

SAILING

SURFING

Five Yacht Clubs provide sailing instruction for the beginner and racing opportunities for the challenger. Many regattas held each year, including the oldest, Rockville Regatta. The Charleston Ocean Racing Association promotes all local activities on the water. GO! www.charlestonoceanracing.org The SC Maritime Heritage Foundation provides a number of educational opportunities among the Spirit of South Carolina, a boat built to offer a unique opportunity for children to experience life in a new setting, fostering selfdiscovery and prompting a new appreciation for responsibility, teamwork and leadership. GO! www.scmaritime.org And the Charleston Community Sailing organization also promotes the sport of sailing by providing access, facilities, and sailing instruction to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, skill levels, and physical abilities. GO! www.charlestoncommunitysailing.org

Folly Beach Washout has the best surf and a series of local and regional tournaments. Southern South Carolina/Eastern Surfing Association, GO! http://ssc.surfesa.org

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There are many swimming opportunities available in the Charleston Area, including clubs, pools and beaches. Charleston Area Beaches (with lifeguards on duty seasonally) include: • Folly Beach County Park. 600-foot beach front designated swimming area. www.beachparks.com/follybeach.htm • Beachwalker County Park, Kiawah Island. 450-foot designated swimming area. www.beachparks.com/beachwalker.htm • Isle of Palms County Park. 600 feet of ocean frontage. www.beachparks.com/isleofpalms.htm From youth to seniors, Charleston offers a number of recreational swim clubs. The Palmetto Masters Swimming Program (18+) and the Marlin’s Southern Racing Team (the only Silver Medal Club, awarded by USA Swimming, in S.C.) Go! www.swimsmrt.com Swimming – Open Water Rehabilitation Centers of Charleston hosts an annual 2.4 open water harbor swim, the Lowcountry Splash. GO! www.rcctherapy.com.

The Charleston Blockade Runners practice and hold competitions at St. Andrews Family Fitness Plus., GO! www.geocities.com/thetropics/4434

T TEAM SPORTS Each recreational department offers a unique blend of team sports for youth and adults, including Football, Flag-Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball and Softball. Refer to separate listing of “Charleston Area Recreation Departments.”

TENNIS Charleston has the 2nd highest number of league tennis players in the South, with 3,240 adults in local USTA league. Lowcountry Tennis Association is the premier local USTA league association, GO! www.lowcountry.usta.com For juniors, the Lowcountry Junior Tennis Association has formed, GO! www.lowcountryjuniortennis.org Let’s Play Tennis is a free, non-commercial Web site for tennis players of all levels looking for tennis partners and friends. www.letsplaytennis.org/charleston For women players, CALTA has over 700 members. www.caltatennis.net. To join an elite group or watch local professional tennis players compete each fall, GO! www.cptltennis.com

TRIATHLONS The region currently has six events to call its own, including the Kiawah Triathlon, Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series (4) and the newest, East Cooper Coastal Triathlon. Local association is the Charleston Triathlon Club, GO! www.charlestontriathlonclub.com **ALL TRIATHLONS are listed separately on pages 30-31.**

V VOLLEYBALL A local organization for juniors has formed. GO! www.charlestonjuniorsvolleyball.com Refer to separate listing, “Charleston Area Recreation Departments.”

W WALKING Pedestrian Lane, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge The three-mile bridge, which connects the City of Charleston and the Town of Mount Pleasant, has a 12-foot bicycle and pedestrian path along the entire south edge of the bridge overlooking the Harbor. Easy access and parking from both sides of the river. The Westwalk I’On community walking trail in Mt. Pleasant has a series of three walks totaling 10 miles. The entire trail is in electronic form for use in GPS navigation system, GPX format. GO! www.ioncommunity.com

WATERSKIING & WAKEBOARDING Trophy Lakes on Johns Island is the host site for many recreational activities and competitive events. GO! www.trophylakes.com

WIFFLEBALL Refer to separate listing, “Charleston Area Recreation Departments.”

X X GAMES SPORTS Charleston has many skateboarding facilities for X Games sports enthusiasts. (See Skateboarding.) Freestyle Motocross sport is showcased periodically at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Y YACHTING The area is home to a number of yacht clubs and regattas all year around. The SC Maritime Heritage Foundation and Charleston Ocean Racing Associations assist with a few major yachting events. GO! www.charlestonoceanracing.org and www.scmaritime.org

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CMSC Mission Statement: “To promote the Charleston region as a premier sports travel destination.” CMSC Vision: “To promote awareness, interest and appreciation of local sports in the Charleston region, encouraging youth and adults to become involved in the local sports scene as participants, spectators, volunteers, event sponsors and partners.” Sports Travel Marketing Committee: “Serves as a liaison for the Greater Charleston sports community. Their collective role is to promote local sports development for the social and economic value to the area.”

Charleston Metro Sports Council, Inc. 423 King St., Charleston, SC 29403 Office: 843-805-3030 Fax: 843-853-0444 www.sportscouncil.org sportscouncil@charlestoncvb.com

Charleston Metro Sports Council A One-Stop Shop for Event Planners Organized in 1999, the Charleston Metro Sports Council, Inc. (CMSC) is a 501c6 non-profit organization and serves the Charleston sports travel Bid Proposal Assistance market as the premier source for all sports For prospective events to be hosted in the information, contacts and referrals. Charleston area. In partnership with the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB), the • Feasibility assessment and consultation for hosting a new event (including venue, city, organization is an auxillary division, serving the local event date) and national sports industry as the primary promoter for all sports events. • Travel and sports accolades, statistics, photos and other media materials for proposal. Over the last decade, it has become the region’s central sports agency, providing assistance and • Referrals to special interest groups, support services to event planners. Staff has built an associations, businesses and key impressive “portfolio” and are well positioned to community leaders for volunteer assistance. provide a number of services, within each phase of staging an event.

Phase 1:

Take a look at the quick reference list for all types of sports event planning, whether it is a first time, homegrown competition or world-class, highly competitive-bid event!

The Sports Council, along with key business leaders attend the world’s leading conference and expo for the industry, TEAMS presented by Sports Travel Magazine.

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Phase 2: Event Planning Assistance For already secured events to be hosted in the Charleston area. • Sales leads to area Accommodations and Attractions for attendees • Local/State Media Database for promotion • ‘Seal of Approval’ Vendor and Service Listings • Maps – Cities and Counties • Sample forms • Press announcements and event listing in calendars, web sites, e-newsletters, etc.

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CALENDARS! The Nationwide Tour Championship is coming to the beautiful Daniel Island Club, October 22 – 25, 2009. Watch as the future stars of golf battle it out to earn their PGA TOUR cards. Tickets go on sale in early April. Order by calling 800-677-2293, ext. 1.

Phase 3: Event Execution Assistance For staging an event in the Charleston area. • Guides, flyers, coupons, etc. for sports travel visitors • Estimated Economic Impact (EEI) Profile • Visitor Excerpt Survey Sample • Post-Event Report Form The Charleston Metro Sports Council is also willing to entertain other requests unique to the planner’s needs. The ultimate goal is to ensure each event is a financial success for its beneficiaries and an economic success for the Charleston community. Many event planners have recognized the value of developing a partnership with the Sports Council and include the organization as an in-kind sponsor, providing promotional benefits as well. This mutually beneficial relationship can help maximize marketing and promotional efforts for both the event organizer and the Sports Council.

For any questions, please contact Kathleen Cartland, Executive Director, Charleston Metro Sports Council, Inc. at Ph#: (843) 805-3030 or kcartland@charlestoncvb.com.

Charleston, Where History Lives and Sports Travel Thrives...

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MAJOR SPORTS FACILITIES Blackbaud Stadium ~ Home of the Charleston Battery Professional Soccer Club. Seats 5,113 but held almost 5,700 for the U.S. Women’s National Team game vs. Mexico in 2002 and again in 2005. www.charlestonbattery.com

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includes 32 acres with 17 tennis courts, a clubhouse, boat dock and the crown jewel, a 10,200-seat stadium. www.familycirclecup.com.

Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park a.k.a. “The Joe” ~ Home to the New York Yankees single A team, the Charleston RiverDogs Baseball Organization & The Citadel baseball team. Seats 5,500.

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~ Home to the ECHL’s SC Stingrays Hockey Organization. The 13,600-seat coliseum is the feather in the cap of the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, which also boosts a 2,300-seat Performing Arts Theatre, and a fabulous Embassy Suites hotel, all connected. www.coliseumpac.com.

Charleston Area Convention Center ~ 202,000-sq.-ft. facility, a 77,000-sq.-ft exhibit hall, 37,000-sq.-ft of function space, 25,000 sq. ft ballroom, 18 meeting rooms with 50-200 persons capacity. Full banquet facilities for 1,750. www.charlestonconvention.com

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CHARLESTON AREA ACCOMMODATIONS he Charleston Metro Sports Council's Marketing Partners make up a Who's Who list for event organizers securing accommodations and services. The metropolitan area has a number of sportsfriendly hotels, with experienced staff, to accommodate your next sports travel group. Use the following directory to secure your hotel blocks for your next event. All have the Charleston Metro Sports Council's “Seal of Approval” and are - FIRST - when referrals are requested.

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ELLIOTT HOUSE INN

ANCHORAGE INN

78 Queen St., Charleston SC 29401 (843) 723-1855 • www.elliotthouseinn.com

26 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 723-8300, Toll Free (800) 421-2952 E-mail: reservations@anchorageinncharleston.com www.anchorageinncharleston.com

The Elliott House Inn is located in the heart of Charleston's captivating historic district. Each of the 25 guest rooms are decorated with Eighteenth Century reproductions and offer historic period charm, while still endowed with contemporary comforts. (see ad on pg. 7)

Boutique inn located in the historic district that offers a deluxe complimentary hot continental breakfast each morning, wine and cheese reception each evening, sherry and chocolates, and evening turn down service. (see ad on pg. 7)

ANDREW PINCKNEY INN

FRANCIS MARION HOTEL 387 King St., Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 722-0600 or 877-756-2121 www.francismarioncharleston.com

40 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 937-8800, Toll Free (800) 505-8983 E-mail: reservations@andrewpinckneyinn.com www.andrewpinckneyinn.com

Historic Charleston’s landmark hotel located in the heart of downtown within walking distance to many attractions. 230 guest rooms and suites offer spectacular views of Charleston’s harbor. Featuring over 18,000 square feet of meeting space with special team pricing available with custom menus. Hosted the ASM Clermont Auvergne Rugby team and SC State football team in 2008.

Boutique historic hotel within walking distance to the finest restaurants and shops, just a block away from the Market. Property features three-story, plant-filled atrium and rooftop terrace overlooking the city. (see ad on pg. 7)

FRENCH QUARTER INN

ANSONBOROUGH 21 Hassell St., Charleston SC 29401 1-800-522-2073

166 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401 843) 722-1900, Toll Free (800) 812-1900 E-mail: reservations@fqicharleston.com www.fqicharleston.com Meticulously placed in the historic district - overlooking the market area and St. Phillip's steeple. AAA 4 Diamond landmark. Enjoy uncompromised service and amenities that can only come from a small luxury hotel. (see ad on pg. 7)

The Inn is located within the historic district of downtown Charleston, so named when Lord Anson of England won the property in a spirited poker game with famous Charlestonian, Thomas Gadsden. It was completely remodeled in 1999. www.ansonboroughinn.com

HARBOURVIEW INN 2 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 853-8439, Toll Free (800) 853-VIEW E-mail: reservations@harbourviewcharleston.com www.harbourviewcharleston.com

BEST WESTERN CHARLESTON DOWNTOWN 250 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 722-4000, Toll free (888) 377-2121 • Fax: (843) 723-2573 sales@CharlestonBestWestern.com www.CharlestonBestWestern.com Newly renovated hotel overlooking the Ashley River. One mile from Historic District & College of Charleston. Within walking distance of Citadel & Joe Riley Park. 100% smoke-free, free parking, pet friendly. (see ad on pg. 45)

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT CHARLESTON RIVERVIEW

Overlooking Charleston Harbour and Waterfront Park - AAA 4 DIamond hotel offers unparalleled services and amenities. Walking to Market, Battery, antique row, and finest restaurants and shops - don't miss the rooftop terrace. (see ad on pg. 7)

KING CHARLES INN 237 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 723-7451, Toll Free (866) 546-4700 E-mail: reservations@kingcharlesinn.com www.kingcharlesinn.com

35 Lockwood Dr., Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 722-7229 • Fax: (843) 722-2080 www.marriott.com/chscy The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown is a beautiful waterfront sports-friendly hotel offering great team rates, free parking, pre-keyed packets at check in, and a delicious hot breakfast buffet. Overlooking the beautiful Ashley River and marina, amenities also include fitness room, waterfront outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Sip a refreshing drink in our waterfront lounge or on our plush patio. Located 1.5 mile from Historic District.

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Center of historic district - boutique hotel features complimentary parking, heated pool, lounge, and breakfast restaurant. Next to the finest restaurants and antique shops, just a block away from the Market. (see ad on pg. 7)

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BEST WESTERN SWEETGRASS INN

BEST WESTERN PATRIOTS POINT

1540 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 571-6100 • E-mail: reservations@thesweetgrassinn.com www.thesweetgrassinn.com

259 McGrath Darby Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 (843) 971-7070 • Fax: (843) 971-0270 E-mail: mtpleasantbestwesternsales@earthlink.net www.BestWestern.com

On Savannah Highway (US 17), 3 miles from the historic district, the recently renovated hotel offers the largest outdoor pool in the Charleston area, fitness center, and complimentary continental breakfast. Easy to access. (see ad on pg. 7)

HOLIDAY INN CHARLESTON RIVERVIEW (843) 556-7100

Conveniently located at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, minutes away from downtown Charleston and within walking distance to Patriots Point. Experience southern hospitality, free deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet, business center, outdoor pool, and deluxe rooms. Microwaverefrigerator available upon request.

A unique circular high-rise hotel, located on the banks of the Ashley River overlooking the skylights of historic Charleston.

HOLIDAY INN PATRIOTS POINT/MT. PLEASANT

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHARLESTON

Located at the foot of the new Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant, we are only minutes from historic Charleston, Patriots Point, and beaches. Our award-winning hotel provides true Southern Hospitality, state-of-the-art facilities and a staff noted in personal service. Free parking.

1943 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 402-8300 • E-mail: slavelle@charlestownehotels.com www.holidayinnexpress.com

250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 843-884-6000 or 800-290-4004 • www.himtpleasant.com

Value and convenience - 5 miles from historic district and airport on Savannah Highway (US 17). Recently renovated and features an outdoor pool, fitness center, easy access to I-26 and I-526. (see ad on pg. 7)

SHEM CREEK INN

RESIDENCE INN CHARLESTON DOWNTOWN/RIVERVIEW

Situated on the waterfront overlooking serene Shem Creek, home of the Charleston shrimp boat fleet, this Mount Pleasant hotel is surrounded by restaurants, shopping, and abundant wildlife. Shem Creek Inn is just 4 miles from downtown Charleston as well as the beaches of Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms. (see ad on pg. 7)

90 Ripley Point Dr., Charleston, South Carolina 29407 1-843-571-7979 • Fax: 1-843-571-7993 Sales: 1-843-266-8083 ext. 5636 • www.marriott.com/chsri Hotel has a smoke-free policy is conveniently located just a short trip over the Ashley River to the downtown Charleston historic district. Most suites offer spacious and separate living and sleeping areas to make you feel at home. Friendly staff will convince you that Southern hospitality is still alive!

SLEEP INN CHARLESTON 1524 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 556-6959 • E-mail: brichards@charlestownehotels.com www.sleepinn.com

1401 Shrimpboat Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (843) 881-1000 • www.shemcreekinn.com

North Charleston Area Hotels FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES CHARLESTON NORTH/ELMS CENTER 2600 Elms Center Road, North Charleston, SC 29406 1-843-414-2700 • Fax: 1-843-414-2370 Sales: 1-843-266-8084 • www.marriott.com/chsne

Easy access to area attractions, 3 miles from downtown, a great choice for convenience and value. Features a large outdoor pool, complimentary highspeed Internet access, and complimentary continental breakfast. (see ad on pg. 7)

Enjoy beautiful rooms and all the comforts of Marriott at an affordable price, superior customer service, mini-fridge in all guest rooms and continental breakfast each morning. Location is in close proximity to Charleston Southern University, Carolina Ice Palace, Gahagan Sports Park and many other sports venues. (see ad on pg. 41)

SPRINGHILL SUITES CHARLESTON DOWNTOWN/RIVERVIEW

HILTON GARDEN INN CHARLESTON AIRPORT

98 Ripley Point Dr., Charleston, SC 29407 1-843-571-1711 • Fax: 1-843-571-1709 Sales: 1-843-266-8084 • www.marriott.com/chssh SpringHill Suites showcases beautiful views of the Ashley River and downtown historic district. Each suite includes deluxe continental breakfast, high speed internet, in-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, sofa bed as well as 25% more space to work or relax. Complimentary parking is available to all guests. (see ad on pg. 2)

Isle of Palms Area Hotels PALMS HOTEL 1126 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms, SC 29451 843-886-3003 • www.thepalmshotel.us Where the sun meets the sand and relaxation is a must, the oceanfront Palms Hotel graces the sands of Isle of Palms, the only SC beach awarded the Clean Beach Award. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, outdoor pool, walk to local restaurants and nightlife (see ad on pg. 7)

SEASIDE INN 1004 Ocean Boulevard, Isle of Palms, SC 29451 E-mail: reservations@seasideinniop.com www.seasideinniop.com Oceanfront on Isle of Palms, 15 minutes from historic downtown...step out of the room onto warm sands of the beach...yet moments from one of the most exciting destinations in history...this is the place. (see ad on pg. 7)

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5265 International Blvd., North Charleston SC 29418 (843) 308-9330 The Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport hotel is just two blocks from the Charleston Convention Center via a scenic boardwalk and is the closest hotel to the Charleston Airport. Has 168 guest rooms with 3,100 sq ft of meeting space. www.charlestonairport.stayhgi.com (see ad on pg. 5)

HOLIDAY INN CHARLESTON AIRPORT & CONVENTION CENTER 5624 International Blvd., North Charleston SC 29418 (843) 576-0300 Only 2 blocks from the Coliseum/Convention Center, 2 miles from international airport and 12 miles from historic Charleston. Has 142 guest rooms and 2000 sq ft of meeting space. www.holidayinn.com/chastnairport.com (see ad on pg. 5)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES ASHLEY PHOSPHATE 7670 Northwoods Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29406 843 553-1600 • E-mail: sales@hiexpressncharleston.com, gm@hiexpressnorthwoods.com www.hiexpress.com/chastni-26 Charleston Hospitality without paying downtown prices. Surrounded by restaurants and retail within walking distance. Great Hot Breakfast included. Convenient to I-26. King w/ sofa bed or two queens. All rooms with microwave & refrigerator. Stay smart in North Charleston.

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HYATT PLACE NORTH CHARLESTON

Charleston Southern/Hwy. 78, 8975 Elms Center Rd. Charleston, SC 29406 (843) 569-3200 • www.hiexpress.com/charleston-n E-mail: sales@hiexpressncharleston.com gm@hiexpresshwy78.com

**Opening Summer 2009** 7331 Mazyck Road, North Charleston, SC 29406 (843) 735-7100 • http://northcharleston.place.hyatt.com

Charleston's newest HI Express Hotel. Great Hot Breakfast included. King or Two Queen Bedded Rooms, 100% Non-smoking Hotel, in-room Refrigerator and Microwave, Restaurants within walking distance. Convenient to I-26. Stay Smart in North Charleston.

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HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON CHARLESTON/AIRPORT CONVENTION CENTER

2934 W. Montague Ave., North Charleston, SC 29418 (843) 744-8281, Toll Free (877) 464-2700 E-mail: reservations@northcharlestoninn.com www.northcharlestoninn.com

5048 International Blvd., Charleston, SC 29418 (843) 735-5000 • Fax: (843) 735-5010 www.charlestonairport.homewoodsuites.com Located just 8 miles from Historic Charleston and 1/4 mile from Tanger Outlet Mall and the Charleston Convention Center Complex. Offers a complimentary Suite Start™ breakfast and evening reception Mon-Thu. All Suites feature Internet access and full kitchens. On site pool, fitness and business center.

HYATT PLACE CHARLESTON AIRPORT/CONVENTION CENTER**Opening Summer 2009** 3234 West Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29418 (843) 302-8600 www.northcharlestonconventioncenter.place.hyatt.com The new 127-room hotel is adjacent to the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex and just minutes away from the North Charleston airport. Also, in walking distance to the Tanger Outlet Mall and a number of restaurants. The all 'Non-Smoking' property offers many amenities for the sports traveler, including an indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and complimentary continental breakfast daily. Meeting space is also available. All rooms have refrigerators and pull out sofa sleepers, just like mini suites with one King or two Queens.

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The new 113-room hotel is located off of Highway I-26 in North Charleston at Exit 209. The all 'Non-Smoking' property offers many amenities for the sports traveler, including an indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and complimentary continental breakfast daily. Meeting space is also available. All rooms have refrigerators and pull out sofa sleepers, just like mini suites with one King or two Queens.

Close to all Charleston's celebrated treasures, 1 mile from the airport, features huge outdoor pool, on site restaurant and bar. One block from Charleston Area Convention Ctr. Complex and Tanger Outlets. (see ad on pg. 7)

QUALITY SUITES CONVENTION CENTER 5225 North Arco Ln., North Charleston, SC 29418; 843-747-7300 • www.qualitysuitescharleston.com Suites equipped with refrigerator, microwave, and two TVs. Free full hot breakfast, complimentary manager's cocktail reception, free local calls, inroom data ports, whirlpool suites, exercise room, outdoor pool and hot tub. Business center and wireless high speed Internet available at no charge. Adjacent to Tanger Outlet Center.

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SHERATON NORTH CHARLESTON 4770 Goer Dr., North Charleston, SC 29406 843-747-1900 or 888-747-1900. www.sheraton.com/northcharleston. Full service hotel located near Airport and Convention Center. Complimentary shuttle service to airport, Indoor/outdoor pools, State of the Art Health Club, Full Service Restaurant & Lounge, Gift Shop, Complimentary wireless Internet, Complimentary Starbucks Coffee provided in sleeping rooms, and over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Club level available and Points for our SPG and SPP members. Eight miles to downtown Historic District and centrally located to many sporting venues.

STAYBRIDGE SUITES **Opening Spring 2009** 7329 Mazyck Road, North Charleston, SC 29406 843-377-4600 • www.staybridge.com/charlestonsc The new 93-suite hotel is located off of Highway I-26 in North Charleston at Exit 209. The all-suite property offers many amenities for the sports traveler, including an indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and complimentary hot breakfast daily. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday an evening, 'Sundowner Reception' is available to all guests.

WINGATE BY WYNDHAM 9280 University Blvd., Charleston, SC 29406 (843) 553-4444 • www.charlestonwingate.com New hotel is located adjacent to the beautiful Campus of Charleston Southern University. Beautifully appointed Lobby Area featuring a stone fire place. Minutes from Charleston International Airport and Historic Charleston. Minutes from the areas finest beaches such as Folly and the Isle of Palms. (see ad on pg. 21)

TRAVEL AND HOUSING BUREAUS Many of Charleston-based event organizers reply on the expertise and contacts provided by housing bureaus and travel agencies. GEETZEE EVENT SOLUTIONS The official “Director of Travel” for Charleston's largest participatory event, the Cooper River Bridge Run (www.bridgerun.com/travel.php) and also over 25 sporting events/cities across the country . Getzee Event Solutions works with over 20 area hotels to insure all competitive athletes and recreational runners/walkers have a user friendly on-line experience in booking accommodations and travel discounts in Charleston. Contact President, Christine @ christine@getzee.com; P: (858) 458-3435; and www.getzee.com

he Charleston Metro Sports Council's Marketing Partners make up a Who's Who list for organizers securing various services for their sports events. Use the following sports-friendly directory to assist with your needs before, during or after your visit. All have the Charleston Metro Sports Council's “Seal of Approval” and are - FIRST - when referrals are requested.

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Dining and Catering CHARLESTON CRAB HOUSE “Sensible Prices and a Darn Good Time!” As seen on A & E's popular TV program, “Flip this House.” Three convenient locations to meet all dining needs - especially serving team groups before and after competitions. • James Island, 145 Wappoo Creek Drive, Ph#: 843-795-1963 • Downtown Charleston, 41 South Market Street, Ph#: 843-853-2900 • Mt. Pleasant, Highway 17 North, (just past Towne Centre and the Isle of Palms Connector), Ph#: 843-884-1617 www.charlestoncrabhouse.com “Voted 2007 Charleston Metro Sports Corporate Partner of the Year” (see ad on pg. 1)

GREEK BOYS Greek Boys is all about event catering with fun foods! Menu consist of Shrimp, Chicken, and Beef Gyro's, Italian or Polish sausage with peppers and onions on a sub roll, Greek Salad, and french fries made from scratch from Idaho potatoes. E-mail Tpm13@aol.com or call Tom at 843-729-7837 for your next catered event.

JIM 'N NICKS BBQ “Authentic Southern Goodness” As a major supporter of local sports, Jim 'N Nicks restaurants' caterer many types of events, including the official VIP Charleston Classic Basketball Dinner for 450 pp. Now, two convenient locations 1) just one block from College of Charleston's new basketball arena in Downtown Charleston @ 288 King St., Ph#: 843-577-0406, and 2) just one block from Tanger Outlet Mall in North Charleston @ 4964 Center Pointe Dr., Ph#: (843) 747-3800 www.jimnnicks.com

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BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. “Life is Like a Box of Chocolates” Entertainment centered on the 1994 Movie, Forrest Gump. *Call ahead seating/special menu for large parties. One location in Downtown Charleston @ 99 Market Street, Ph#: 843-723-5665 www.bubbagump.com

THE KICKIN' CHICKEN “Great Food, Great Prices & Great Fun!” Locally owned, this restaurant is great for dining in and catching your favorite sports on TV as well as catered functions. Five convenient locations: Downtown Charleston: 337 King St., 843-805-5020 James Island: 1175 Folly Road, 843-225-6996 West Ashley: 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., (843) 766-5292 Mt. Pleasant: 1119 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., 843-881-8734 Summerville: 800 N. Main St., 843-875-6998 http://thekickinchicken.com

A.W.SHUCKS "Seafood Warehouse Restaurant and Raw Bar" Historic Charleston, 70 State Street 843-723-1151 (just off the market) www.a-w-shucks.com

TOMMY CONDON'S "Charleston's Favorite Irish Pub" Historic Charleston, 160 Church Street 843-577-3818 (just off the market) www.tommycondons.com

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Professional Business Organizations

HYMAN'S SEAFOOD CO. 213 Meeting St., Ph#: 843-723-6000

CHARLESTON AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOC.

www.hymanseafood.com

www.charlestonama.org

TBONZ RESTAURANT GROUP The Tbonz family of restaurants includes: TBonz Steakhouse, TBonz Gill & Grill, Kaminsky's Most Excellent Café, Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery, Liberty Tap Room & Grill, Pearlz Oyster Bar, and Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse. Charleston locations' consist of Downtown market, West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant. www.tbonz.com

CHARLESTON AREA CVB TRAVEL COUNCIL www.charlestoncvb.com

CHARLESTON METRO SPORTS COUNCIL www.sportscouncil.org

SOUTH CAROLINA FESTIVAL AND EVENTS ASSOC.

Event Services

www.scfea.com

PRODUCTION DESIGN ASSOCIATES (843) 554-3466 www.pdastage.com

Sporting Events

EVENT STAFFING AND CONSULTING.

www.bridgerun.com

Event Partners Inc. (EPI) is an event services company based in SC. They provide event support staff and consulting to arenas, sporting venues, auditoriums, festivals and stadiums throughout the Southeast. Specialize in the staffing of ushers, parking attendants, ticket sellers/takers, crowd management staff and ID checkers. Whether your event requires 2 or 200 people, EPI can help. Clients include Clemson athletics, Littlejohn Coliseum, College of Charleston athletics, Main Street Events, Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center, Freedom Weekend Aloft and Appalachian State Athletics. Contact Drew Cawood, Event Partners Inc. @ Ph#: 864-918-1607.

FAMILY CIRCLE CUP

COOPER RIVER BRIDGE RUN

www.familycirclecup.com

NATIONWIDE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP www.nationwidetourchampionship.com

Printers CROWSON STONE PRINTING CO.

Merchandise and Apparel

(803) 783-8770 “Charleston Metro Sports publication Official Printer, ALL ACCESS Sports Guide 2009”

PASSPORT INTERNATIONAL A full service marketing solutions provider, offering an array of propriety brand and corporate identity programs and services.

Publishers

www.passportintl.com and Ph#: 800-606-1383. An Official Merchandiser for the Charleston Metro Sports Council. (see ad on pg. 35)

ATLANTIC PUBLICATION GROUP, LLC

Media

“Charleston Metro Sports Council's Official Publication.”

(843) 747-0025 www.atlanticpublicationgrp.com

KIRKMAN BROADCASTING/ESPN 910 www.910theteam.net

OBLIQUE MAGAZINE www.obliquemagazine.com

THE POST & COURIER www.charleston.net

Photography CHRIS AND CAMI PHOTOGRAPHY 1305 White Tail Path, Charleston, SC 29414, USA 843-324-8900 o Fax: 843-571-7052 www.chrisandcamiphotography.com www.chrisandcamiphotography.blogspot.com Chris & Cami Photography is an award winning team, offering a deep assortment of products, and covering a wide variety of subjects. They specialize in Sports, Weddings, Events, and Corporate photography. Providing quality, consistency, and creativity in a timely manner and for a reasonable rate, they are considered the "Best Value in South Carolina". Notable sports assignments include Family Circle Cup, Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika, World Cup Soccer USA Women vs Mexico, The Miracle Match (Pete Sampras vs Jim Courier), AVP Charleston Open, Bausch & Lomb Championships, Southern Conference Basketball and Baseball Tournaments, Charleston Battery, Senior PGA Championships, and many more.

Photographer, Chris Smith gets photo taken with AVP Top Player, Stein Metzger. Photo by Mike Saia, Family Circle Cup.

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Recreational Clubs and Associations

Sports Venues and Recreational Programs

CHARLESTON OUTLAWS RUGBY CLUB

CAROLINA ICE PALACE

Charleston Outlaws RUFC offers you the chance to become part of one of the countries most exciting rugby teams. Whether you are an experienced player, a non-experienced player who wants to get better, or simply curious to learn more about this most exciting and dynamic sport, then Charleston is your team. www.charlestonrugby.com

7665 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29406 (Next to the Northwoods Mall) Phone: 843-572-2717 www.carolinaicepalace.com

CHARLESTON TRIATHLON CLUB Established in 1986, the Charleston Triathlon Club has staged over 100 multisport events combining swimming, biking and running. Major events include Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series, East Cooper Coastal Triathlon and Kiawah Island Triathlon. E-mail: CSTS@comcast.net www.charlestontriathlonclub.com

LOWCOUNTRY TENNIS ASSOCIATION The Lowcountry Tennis Association (LCTA) is an association of tennis players living in the greater Charleston area. Affiliated with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), USTA Southern Section, and USTA South Carolina (USTA/SC), there are over 3,200 members and teams from 29 tennis facilities participating in local activities. League President, Bob Peiffer @: lcta@knology.net. www.lowcountry.usta.com. (see ad on pg. 21)

Sports Marketing FISHBAIT MARKETING

South Carolina's Ultimate Family Entertainment Complex, the Carolina Ice Palace was designed to be a year-round family playground for recreational skating, league hockey, figure skating, extreme sports, virtual reality and video games. Inside you will find 100,000 square feet of excitement packed into every inch of the state-of-the-art facility! (see ad on pg. 37)

CHARLESTON AREA CONVENTION CENTER COMPLEX www.coliseumpac.com www.charlestonconvention.com (see ad on Inside Back Cover)

CHARLESTON COUNTY PARK & RECREATION COMMISSION www.ccprc.com

CITY OF CHARLESTON RECREATION DEPARTMENT www.ci.charleston.sc.us

www.fishbaitmarketing.com

FAMILY CIRCLE TENNIS CENTER

STRATEGIC MARKETING INT'L, LLC

(see ad on pg. 45)

701 East Bay St. Suite #516, Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 727-0164 • Fax: (843) 727-0163 www.smicharleston.com SMI is a full-service marketing consulting and advertising agency. We work with hotels, restaurants and sports teams. Our services include PR, web design, graphic design, advertising, and media buying services.

www.familycircletenniscenter.com

GAHAGAN PARK SPORTS COMPLEX www.visitsummerville.com/html/gahagan.html

KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT www.kiawahresort.com

MT. PLEASANT RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS OF CHARLESTON Three convenient locations:

2093 Henry Tecklenburg Dr, Charleston - (843) 958-2600 2891 Tricom St # A, North Charleston - (843) 958-2500 234 Seven Farms Dr, Daniel Island - (843) 958-2500 www.oscharleston.com (see ad on Inside Front Cover)

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTS MEDICINE & ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER

www.townofmountpleasant.com

NORTH CHARLESTON COLISEUM AND PAC www.coliseumpac.com (see ad on inside back cover)

NORTH CHARLESTON RECREATION DEPARTMENT www.northcharleston.org (see ad on pg. 21)

ST. ANDREWS PARKS & PLAYGROUND www.standrewsparks.com

Located in North Charleston area, immediately off of Highway 26 @: Trident Professional Park

Schools and Training

9100 Medcom Street, N. Charleston, SC 29406-9167 (843) 572-BONE (2663) www.scsportsmedicine.com

VELOCITY SPORTS PERFORMANCE

Hours: M-F 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Phones: Patient Line: 843/572-BONE(2663) Business Line: 843/569-3367 (see ad on pg. 3)

411 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464 Our centers feature professional equipment from the best vendors in the business. Each of our climate-controlled training facilities offers: Athletic turf fields, ideal for perfecting multi-directional movements in an indoor setting; Sprint tracks, the most ideal surface for linear speed development; Olympic-style weightlifting equipment, the same equipment college and pro athletes use to build explosive power and core strength. Ph#: 843.284.1395. www.velocitysp.com/mountpleasant

SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOL OF NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE Charleston Main Campus 4600 Goer Drive, Suite 105, N. Charleston, SC 29406 Ph#: 843-747-1279 Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Massage provides career education in an environment of personalized attention that simulates the real world. This atmosphere of learning enables you to smoothly transition into your new career. Charleston's main campus is conveniently located just east of I-26 off of the E. Montague Avenue Exit. www.southeasternmassageschools.com

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