College Q&A: College conference championships coming to Victoria
By Katy Walterscheidt
April 20, 2013 at midnight
Updated April 19, 2013 at 11:20 p.m.
How will the upcoming Association of Independent Institutions championship tournaments hosted by the University of Houston-Victoria affect the city?
The University of Houston-Victoria is gearing up to host not one, but three different Association of Independent Institutions championships in the coming weeks.
For the first time in the conference's history, one university is hosting all three spring conference championships in a single school year. Men's and women's golf will be April 29 to 30. Softball and baseball will be May 1 to 3.
The three championships will bring teams from around the U.S. and Canada. And, of course, each team member brings his or her family and friends with them. You can expect a great crowd of visitors next week.
This is wonderful news for the city. The total economic impact of the tournaments won't be known until after the events, but more than 400 participants and fans will need places to stay and eat. Area hotels, restaurants and retail stores are expected to see an increase in traffic and profits from the visitors.
The tournaments also are an opportunity for Victoria as a community to show just how hospitable it can be. When you're out on the town between April 29 and May 3 and see people with team shirts on, be sure to welcome them to our city.
These tournaments also mean that you have the opportunity to see some of the best teams in their respective sports play for the championship title. If you enjoy golf, hit up The Club at Colony Creek to watch the women golfers or the Victoria Country Club to watch the men. Softball games will be at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex, while the baseball games will be at Riverside Stadium. As host institution, UHV received automatic berths in all three championships. Everyone is invited to come out and cheer on the Jaguars.
The champions of each sport - except softball - earn berths to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championships later in May. In softball, the champion and runner-up will advance to the NAIA championship.
For more details about the tournaments and schedules, visit uhvjaguars.com.
Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Katy Walterscheidt, UHV communications specialist, at 361-570-4342 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.