By Christa Mann
USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee and 2013 World Champion David Oliver are among the slate of elite track & field athletes participating in USATF Field Day (Dec. 6, 2013) and USATF Community Day (Dec. 7). The events are part of the USATF Annual Meeting being held December 5-8 at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
The national governing body for track & field, long distance running and race walking, USATF is headquartered in downtown Indianapolis with a staff of 50, who along with CEO Max Siegel, are administrators to the sport. Siegel, a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and a Park Tudor High School alum, took over the reigns at USATF in 2012.
“USATF is proud to be a part of the Indianapolis community, and giving back to the city where we are based is an important part of our mission,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “Field Day and Community Day offer the opportunity for USATF and other local organizations to affiliate on a grassroots level with the message of living a healthy, active lifestyle.”
Field Day, set for Friday, Dec. 6, will introduce 150 local youth, grades 3-5, to track & field through curriculum developed by national track & field coaching education expert, Dr. Matthew Lydum. Scheduled to join Joyner-Kersee and Oliver are American record holder Amanda Bingson, Olympic heptathlon silver medalist Hyleas Fountain, World Championships silver medalist Brigetta Barrett and women’s discus World Championships team member Liz Podominick, who will usher kids through a series of stations with demonstrations and instruction.
Community Day is USATF’s opportunity to share America’s stars of track & field with the greater Indianapolis community. Locals will have the opportunity to shake hands, pose for pictures and collect autographs from athletes including Joyner-Kersee, Oliver, Olympian Queen Harrison, Olympic 100m Hurdles bronze medalist Kellie Wells, Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix (TBD), and World Championships team members Jeremy Taiwo and Jack Whitt. Additional athletes, including USATF Alumni members, will be present as well.
USATF Field Day
JW Marriott, 10 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
December 6, 2013, 9a-2p
Approx. 150 local grade school children and Team USATF athletes, Olympians and stars
USATF Community Day
JW Marriott, 10 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
December 7, 2013; 9a-2p
USATF community partners, Team USATF athletes, Olympians and stars
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By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
It’s a Wonderful Life Downtown!
See the film on the state’s largest movie screen and support Downtown Beautification
Nothing says the holidays like Jimmy Stewart in the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. Bring your friends and family Downtown to view this classic movie on the big screen. In the spirit of giving, you’ll definitely earn your “angel wings” Dec. 5! All proceeds will benefit Downtown Beautification, helping to keep Downtown clean, green and vibrant! www.indydt.com/its%20a%20wonderful%20life.cfm
Grab some great deals and holiday gifts at the silent auction. Items include gift certificates to some of Downtown’s best restaurants, hotels, attractions, museums, shops and more! And know your contributions are going to a great cause: Indianapolis Downtown Beautification.
Tickets are only $6 and include movie ticket, parking in the WRSP garage and all festivities. Purchase tickets at the theatre or online here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/indianapolis-downtown-inc-imax-theater-present-its-a-wonderful-life-benefiting-indianapolis-tickets-9069937427
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
5:30 – 6:15 p.m. – silent auction
6:30 p.m. – It’s a Wonderful Life screening
IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum – 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. and the IMAX Theatre
A clean, attractive Downtown pleases visitors and residents, spurs economic development, improves the quality of life and enhances customer perceptions of safety. Downtown is a gateway for our visitors and its beauty and cleanliness are dependent on your cooperation. Indianapolis has been recognized as having one of the cleanest Downtown’s in the United States. For details on IDI’s Beautification projects, visit www.indydt.com/beautification.cfm.
For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.
By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corp.
USA Diving, in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee, has announced that Indianapolis has been selected to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving.
The Trials will be held at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI and will determine the divers who will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. More than 100 of the nation’s best divers are expected to vie for spots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. The event will take place over the course of eight days in June 2016, with final competition dates to be confirmed. Pending U.S. qualification, competition will be conducted for both men and women in individual and synchronized 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform.
Indianapolis previously hosted the Trials in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2008. USA Diving will partner with Indiana Sports Corp on the 2016 event.
“We’re excited to bring the Trials back to Indianapolis. The city has such a rich tradition in diving history, and we’re thrilled to continue that in 2016,” said Linda Paul, President and CEO of USA Diving. “We were very impressed with the spirit, vision and commitment the city presented in its bid. We look forward to a great partnership with Indianapolis and the local organizing committee to create a spectacular experience for the athletes, coaches, fans and community.”
Indianapolis was selected following a three-month process that included site visits to six potential host cities before the field was narrowed down to two finalists: Indianapolis and Atlanta. Follow-up site visits were conducted with the two finalist cities, and all information was evaluated before making a final recommendation to the Board of Directors and the USOC.
“Our community is honored to be chosen as the home for the 2016 Trials,” said Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp president. “The bid we put forward was truly one based on how our entire community would embrace the sport of diving and these Olympic Trials. Landing a marquee event such as this is not possible without community support and great partners like the City of Indianapolis, State of Indiana, Indiana University, Visit Indy, and others. We are excited to work with our friends at USA Diving to create a magnificent event for these elite athletes, fans, and a national television audience.”
USA Diving is coming off its most successful Olympic Games in 24 years, having won four medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London a year ago. Nearly 125 divers competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving, which received 14 hours of live and taped television coverage on NBC and NBC Sports. Similar coverage is expected for 2016.
With the help of Indiana Sports Corp, USA Diving also will expand and enhance the AT&T H20 Zone, the fan experience area that debuted at the 2008 Trials in Indianapolis and continued at the 2012 Trials.
For more information, visit http://indianasportscorp.com/, or call 317-237-5000.
Things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana
For the week of Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, 2013
15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
- FRI: Circle of Lights® Celebration on Monument Circle
- FRI: Vienna Boys Choir in Concert at Walker Theatre
- SAT: Gaither Homecoming Christmas Spectacular at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- THU: 11th Annual Drumstick Dash Charity Event in Broad Ripple
- MON, FRI: Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- TUE-SUN: Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at the Children’s Museum
- TUE-SUN: ‘Christmas at the Lilly House’ at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
- MON-SUN: ‘Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons’ at the State Museum
- TUE-SUN: ‘Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure’ at the Eiteljorg Museum
- FRI-SUN: Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum
- FRI-SUN: Stewart’s Indiana Flea Market at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
- FRI-SUN: Winterland Light Show at Ellis Park in Danville
- MON-WED, FRI-SUN: ‘Wicked the Musical’ at the Old National Centre
- SUN: Indianapolis Colts NFL Football at Lucas Oil Stadium
- FRI-SUN: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Indiana Repertory Theatre
Happy Thanksgiving from AroundIndy.com! To see thousands of upcoming event listings for Indianapolis and Indiana, visit http://aroundindy.com/.