2017 College Championships Headed Back to Cincinnati; D-III Championships to Lexington, Ky

Posted: May 19, 2016 01:03 PM

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 19, 2016) – USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States and proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced today the dates and locations for both its 2017 College Championship events. The 2017 Division I College Championships will be held in Mason, Ohio, May 26-29. The 2017 Division III College Championships will take place May 20-21, in Lexington, Ky.  

The Division I College Championships will be held Friday through Monday at Heritage Oak Park and be hosted by the Cincinnati Ultimate Players Association (CUPA) and the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau in association with USA Ultimate. Pool play games and early bracket-play games will take place at Heritage Oak Park, with the semifinal and final rounds taking place at nearby Mason High School.
"The Cincinnati Ultimate Players Association (CUPA), in partnership with the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau (WCCVB), is very excited about bringing the 2017 USA Ultimate College Championships to Cincinnati," said Tournament Director Dale Wilker. "We’re all about raising the tournament experience for players, coaches and especially the fans. The exposure of hosting USAU events allows the ultimate community around the area to thrive."
"The Warren County CVB is thrilled to welcome USA Ultimate back to our community for the 2017 College Nationals," said Warren County CVB Director of Sports Marketing Ben Huffman. "Our partnership with the Cincinnati Ultimate Players Association (CUPA) has brought millions of dollars in economic impact to the community over the past 10 years through multiple national and regional championships. With all that Ohio’s Largest Playground has to offer, we will make sure everyone involved in the event has a memorable experience."
Heritage Oak Park and Mason High School were home to the 2014 College Championships and the 2013 High School Central Regional Championships. Both events were run by the Cincinnati Ultimate Players Association and Warren County CVB. 
The 2017 Division III College Championships will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., located about 75 miles south of Cincinnati. Bluegrass Ultimate, with the support of VisitLEX, will be the local organizing committee for the event. 
"Bluegrass Ultimate welcomes the 2017 USA Ultimate D-III College Championships to Lexington, Kentucky," said Tournament Director Gabe Knowles. "Get ready for Southern hospitality from our enthusiastic community as we showcase the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park and all of central Kentucky. We appreciate the support of USA Ultimate and VisitLEX, as we welcome 2017 D-III Championship teams to the Bluegrass State!"
"Lexington is excited and proud to be selected as the site for the 2017 USA Ultimate Division III College Championships," said VisitLEX Director of Sports and Equine Sales John Pohl. "The event will be hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park Polo Fields, which hosted the 1994 Ultimate Players Association National Championships and Boston’s breakthrough winner Death or Glory. There is a lot of tournament experience in Bluegrass Ultimate, having hosted the Mason Dixon Tournament, Central Regionals and the National Championships, so our tournament director, Gabe Knowles, will have a large volunteer base to draw support from for the event!" 
Each year, USA Ultimate’s College Championships crown Division I and Division III national champions in the men’s and women’s divisions. More than 750 teams comprised of more than 14,000 athletes will compete in the 2017 college regular season and USA Ultimate Postseason Championship Series, with eyes on qualifying for the Division I or Division III College Championships.

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