MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Add to subheadline of release dated July 29, 2014: Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In addition, add after fifth paragraph of release: “This event is a major national showcase for Memphis,” said Malvin Gipson, Director of the Memphis Sports Council. “In addition to the television coverage, the buzz created among the youth sports community is incredible. Memphis is becoming a preferred destination for both tournament organizers and the kids who want to play on the home field of the NYC.”
The corrected release reads:
‘ROAD TO MEMPHIS’ LEADS TO USSSA’S YOUTH BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
USSSA, AutoZone, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, Gameday Baseball partner to showcase nation’s top young players
The best teams in youth baseball are on the Road to Memphis for the AutoZone USSSA National Youth Championships Aug. 14-17 and 21-24. The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) found strong partners to promote and bolster the championships: title sponsor AutoZone, the nation’s leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive parts and products, and host Gameday Baseball, a first-class youth sports complex in the heart of the country.
USSSA, Executive Director and CEO, Don DeDonatis, aims to broaden the tournament’s appeal and exposure and secure its future. Twelve teams in each of six age groups (9 and under, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U) will make it through qualifying rounds on the Road to Memphis and reach the championships. CBS Sports Network will televise the championship games for 11U thru 14U. Select games from each age group will be streamed on the USSSA Live website @ usssalive.com.
“We wanted to make sure this showcase for youth baseball continues,” said DeDonatis, whose organization is the largest multi-sport governing body in the nation, representing 3.9 million players across 12 sports. “These young players deserve the chance to compete at the highest level.” USSSA is providing $390,000 in travel money for teams on the Road to Memphis.
Headquartered in Memphis, AutoZone actively supports civic and community organizations throughout the region. “Our customers and neighbors will be attending this event – folks who put many miles on their cars traveling to participate in youth sports programs,” said Bill Edwards, Vice President, Merchandising, Customer Satisfaction. “It’s a great fit for us. We’re proud to support this family-friendly event.”
Gameday Baseball, which hosted previous national youth baseball championships, is a top-flight youth sports facility with 10 lighted fields, amenities for spectators and a main clubhouse. “Fans will see a high level of play in a great setting,” said Leigh Fox, president of Gameday Baseball.
“This event is a major national showcase for Memphis,” said Malvin Gipson, Director of the Memphis Sports Council. “In addition to the television coverage, the buzz created among the youth sports community is incredible. Memphis is becoming a preferred destination for both tournament organizers and the kids who want to play on the home field of the NYC.”
Memphis’ central location makes it a convenient site for a national tournament. Fox credits the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau for recognizing the economic impact of youth sports and helping make Memphis a major youth sports destination. “We thank USSSA for choosing Memphis and Gameday to host this prestigious event,” she said.
As of May 10, 2014, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 4,901 AutoZone stores in 49 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 374 stores in Mexico and four stores in Brazil for a total store count of 5,279.
AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software through www.alldata.com. Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, non-automotive products and subscriptions to the ALLDATAdiy product through www.autozone.com, accessories through www.autoanything.com and our commercial customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 4 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!