Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships
The biggest event in wakeboarding begins July 25 in Monroe, Washington. Amateur and professional competitors, ages 7 to 55, will participate over the course of four days, hoping to be crowned national champions.
WNBA All-Star Game
Mandalay Bay Events Center is coming up aces, as in the Las Vegas Aces. The WNBA team launched in 2018 and is hosting the All-Star Game July 27, another sign that Las Vegas is becoming a professional sports capital.
RSL Soccer Showcase
Real Salt Lake didn’t complete a new soccer facility to see it sit idle. The inaugural RSL Soccer Showcase should draw 200 international teams to Salt Lake Aug. 7-10, with more in the following years. Teams from Mexico, Canada and Europe have already committed to attend.
Ride Across Wisconsin
Things are looking up for the fifth incarnation of this statewide bicycle ride. A new course moves cyclists along a northern route, beginning in La Crosse and concluding in Green Bay. About 800 participants are expected to ride Aug. 16-18.
National Hockey Festival
The new 15-field Tournament SportsPlex of Tampa Bay was impressive enough to convince Justin Miller and the USA Field Hockey team to bring their largest event there in year one. About 3,000 young athletes will fill 10,000 room nights in Tampa, marking the beginning of a beautiful relationship between the NGB and destination.
USA Track & Field National Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships
Madison, home to the 2018 NCAA Cross Country National Championships, will be running wild with USATF National Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships Dec. 14. Yahara Hills Golf Course will host 3,000 athletes for the event, making its way to Wisconsin for the first time.
WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship
Washington’s Ronald Reagan Building is no stranger to international events, but it’s safe to say this elite squash completion is a first. It will be home to three days of exhibition matches and a championship dinner. But the event is really a showcase for Squash on Fire, a relatively new venue that revolutionized the sport with its pay-as-you-go-model. The 19,700-sq.-ft. facility includes eight championship courts.