Tournament seen as opportunity to promote sports tourism

About 60 teams are expected to compete in Grand Junction in April in the first ever Amateur Softball Association fast-pitch tournament on the Western Slope.

The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission, an organization that promotes sports tourism in the community, announced the upcoming event.

“We are excited about the opportunity for ASA to host a tournament on the Western Slope,” said Nik Mead, Colorado ASA commissioner. “The local teams are thrilled to be able to play in their own backyard.”

The tournament is set for April 23 and 24 and will feature teams from Colorado and Utah competing in three girls age divisions.

“Our goals are to ensure athletes and their families have a memorable experience both on and off the field, while capitalizing on the positive economic impact derived from youth sports,” said Barbara Traylor Smith, a member of the Grand Junction City Council. “The event was secured through collaborative efforts of the sports commission, Visitor and Convention Bureau and Parks and Recreation, and the result is a win-win for Colorado ASA and our community.”

Tim Foster, president of Colorado Mesa University, agreed. “Grand Junction is a sports town, and landing this tournament is a great opportunity for our community to showcase our assets, talents and capability for hosting more events like this in the future.”

The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission is a collaborative effort involving the municipal governments of Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade as well as Mesa County and CMU. For more information, visit www.grandjunctionsports.org.