Amateur Winter Games to bring athletes, bucks to Pearland
Amateur sports enthusiasts will have plenty to see and businesses expect to reap profits this month in Pearland as the city hosts the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Winter Games for the second consecutive year.
“We’re excited about showcasing Pearland to thousands of athletes from across the state of Texas,” said Kim Sinistore, executive director of the Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Based on the Olympic Games, the Jan. 18-20 event allows youth and adult individuals and teams to earn medals for competitive sports such as archery, adaptive archery, basketball, football, gymnastics, golf, kickball, lacrosse, martial arts, pickleball, powerlifting, soccer and swimming.
Established in 1925, TAAF’s mission is to promote, organize and conduct amateur athletics in Texas. With Pearland’s multiple sports facilities and the city’s close association with sports and strong desire to promote the community, hosting the event again was an easy decision, Sinistore said.
There are obvious economic benefits to hosting the games in Pearland.
“Attracting visitors for the TAAF Winter Games of Texas, assists our hotels, restaurants and related businesses,” said Sinistore, who estimates that the overall tourism impact from the expected 2,200 visiting athletes and their families will provide an estimated economic impact of $800,000.
The public is invited to watch competitors vie for gold, silver and bronze medals.
The event will be the final opportunity for qualifiers to participate in the 2019 State Games of America, Sinistore said.
Games will be at various sites and sports complexes throughout the city.
For information on games and schedules, visit http://taaf.com/wintergames or message Brandon Torres at email@example.com.
Most events are free, but basketball, gymnastics, powerlifting and swimming will require tickets that can be purchased on the TAAF website.
Concessions will be available at most of the events.
“Watch the weather and dress appropriately, whether you’re outside or inside,” Sinistore advised. “Bring cash for concessions and entrance fee, depending upon the sport.”