Lee County will host the 2017 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships April 5-9 at the Fort Myers Skatium, 2250 Broadway in Fort Myers. During the Championships, the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA) will also host the Mission Hockey College, which is a free, one-hour youth roller hockey clinic for players aged 5-15, at the same venue.

The Collegiate National Championships is expected to create considerable economic impact across the Lee County area by attracting approximately 1,160 out-of-town visitors, generating about 1,740 hotel room nights, and resulting in approximately $1.1 million in direct spending.

The Championships will bring together more than 700 outstanding roller hockey players from 56 of the nation’s best collegiate teams. For local Lee County youth players, who already possess the basic knowledge and skills of skating and roller hockey, this presents an opportunity to learn from many of collegiate roller hockey’s finest.

The signature Mission Hockey College clinic will be 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8, with check-in available at the Fort Myers Skatium beginning at 4 p.m. Space is limited and will be filled on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Only the first 50 players to email a player’s name, age, position and emergency contact name and telephone number to: NCRHAHockeyCollege@gmail.com will enjoy this developmental opportunity. RSVPs close Thursday, April 6. For more information relating to the Mission Hockey College clinic visit www.ncrha.org.

About the 2017 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships
The 2017 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships run from April 5-9 at the Fort Myers Skatium (2250 Broadway in Fort Myers) and are open for public viewing. About 800 players and coaches from 56 colleges and universities across the nation will contest the event. Patrons may pre-order event passes before April 5 (valid April 5-9) at https://squareup.com/store/ncrha/ for pick up at Will Call onsite. Event pass prices, valid for all 140 games, are as follows: Adult – $35, College Student (with ID) – $22, Youth (for ages 6-18) – $10. For more information on the 2017 Championships visit www.ncrha.org.

About Lee County Sports Development
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.