Lee County will host the National High School Gymnastics Association (NHSGA) Senior Showcase Invitational May 20-21 at the Estero Recreation Center in Estero. The facility boasts 19,000 square feet of floor space, making it an optimal venue for gymnastics and floor events. The event brings approximately 500 room nights to Lee County and a direct economic impact of approximately $250,000.
The Senior Showcase Invitational will highlight the best 12th grade female gymnasts from around the country. More than 100 high school seniors are expected to take part in the event to compete for individual and team titles. The competition will include bars, beam, vault, and floor performances as the seniors compete for All Around and team awards.
“The Estero Recreation Center offers a great venue for this national gymnastics competition as it offers ample floor space, parking and other quality amenities,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director of Lee County Sports Development. “Gymnasts, coaches and families travel from all over the U.S. to Lee County, and will stay at resorts on Fort Myers Beach during the tournament. It’s a great opportunity to showcase Fort Myers Beach, Estero and surrounding communities as a sports tourism destination.”
Team and All Around competition will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20 and individual competition will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The event is open to the public, and one-day and two-day tickets are available for $10-$15 and can be purchased at the door. For more information on the event, visit http://www.nhsga.net/senior-invitational.html.
Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.