Category Archives: Gatlinburg Sports Events

Rocky Top Sports World Hosts Special Olympics Tennessee 2020 Winter Games

Rocky Top Sports World is known for hosting the largest, most prestigious sporting events in Tennessee and across the southeast. Each year, the sports complex welcomes thousands of athletes and their families to their destination for volleyball tournaments, cheer competitions, lacrosse championships and more. On January 27th, Rocky Top Sports World had the honor of hosting the basketball portion of the Special Olympics Tennessee 2020 Winter Games. This was the inaugural year basketball was offered as part of the Winter Games. Rocky Top Sports World joined the Ober Gatlinburg as a venue for the events where other events including speed skating, alpine skiing and snowboarding competitions are held.

“Being a part of the inaugural basketball skills competition for the 2020 State Winter Games was a great experience,” said the venue’s General Manager, Jim Downs. “Rocky Top Sports World is excited to grow our relationship with Special Olympics Tennessee. Our team is already looking forward to next year.”

Athletes competing had the opportunity to partake in a basketball skills competition as well as fun basketball drills. There was an award ceremony once the competition was completed. In total 50 athletes competed in the Winter Games basketball portion and more than 400 athletes competed in the Games.

The Winter Games also included Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, January 26th at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Special Olympics Tennessee VP Marketing & Development, Amy W. Parker shared, “The excitement for our 2020 State Winter Games was enhanced by adding a basketball skills component. That component offers up an opportunity and a whole new world for some of the younger athletes who may not have the opportunity to compete in the traditional winter sports competitions. I cannot wait to see what we can do at Rocky Top Sports World in the future.”

To learn more about Rocky Top Sports World or to book an event with them, visit: https://rockytopsportsworld.com/

Article Originally Posted by the SFM Network at https://blog.sfmnetwork.com/story-of-the-week-rocky-top-sports-world-hosts-special-olympics-tennessee-2020-winter-games.

Rocky Top Sports World Hosts World Cube Association

GATLINBURG, TN – Rocky Top Sports World, managed by Sports Facilities Management, hosted a World Cube Association competition for the 3rd year this past weekend, December 7-8th, 2019. The World Cube association governs competitions for mechanical puzzles such as the Rubik’s Cube.

This year’s event had 100 total competitors who journeyed from as far as China, India and Malaysia. The United States was well represented with competitors from California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin who aimed to showcase their skills.

The puzzle events included traditional cubes, ranging in size from 2x2x2 up to 7x7x7, as well as pyraminx, a triangular Rubik’s Cube, square-1, a shape-shifting 3-layered twisty puzzle and skewb, a corner-turning twisty puzzle. The competition also included a number of rounds with competitors blindfolded or tasked with utilizing just their feet to solve.

The World Cube Association will be hosting another competition at Rocky Top Sports World next year on December 5-6th, 2020. Results from this year’s competition, as well as more information on the World Cube Association, can be found by visiting https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/competitions/RockyTop2019.

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3 Things to Know About the World Cube Association Event in Gatlinburg TN

While Rocky Top Sports World is known for hosting some of the biggest sports tournaments in the country, we are also pleased to host other competitive events too! One of the most unique events, the World Cube Association competition, is coming up soon and we have all the details you need to participate in this exciting event! Here are 3 things you need to know about the World Cube Association Event in Gatlinburg TN: Read More

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All You Need to Know About the Breakthrough Basketball Camp in Gatlinburg

Are you a basketball player who wants to improve your skills or a coach who wants to change up your routine? Then the Breakthrough Basketball Camp in Gatlinburg is the program for you! The camp is broken into two sessions: one for younger players who need to improve on basic skills and older players who want to fine tune their skills. Read on to learn more about the Breakthrough Basketball Camp. Read More

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10 Most Inspirational Quotes from Legendary Basketball Coach Pat Summitt

When you hear the name Pat Summitt, one word comes to mind: legend. Pat Summitt was the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols and is the all-time winningest coach in college basketball history for both men’s and women’s teams! She had 1,098 career wins and 8 NCAA championships during her 38 seasons with the Lady Vols. Throughout her coaching career, Summitt became known for her inspirational leadership. Here are some of her most inspirational quotes: Read More

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Former NFL Player James “Little Man” Stewart to Lead Gatlinburg Football Camp

One of the best football players to come out of East Tennessee is returning home to lead a special football camp in Gatlinburg. This summer, James “Little Man” Stewart will share his wisdom with young athletes at Rocky Top Sports World. Stewart, who went to high school in nearby Morristown, TN, played for the University of Tennessee Volunteers, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Detroit Lions. Read on to learn everything you need to know about the James “Little Man” Stewart Football Camp in Gatlinburg. Read More

Rocky Top Sports World 5th Grade Girls National Basketball Championship.

AAU 5th Grade Girls Basketball National Championship Coming to Gatlinburg

Rocky Top Sports World is excited to host one of the biggest events in girls basketball! This summer, the AAU 5th Grade Girls Basketball National Championship will take place at our 80-acre sports campus in Gatlinburg, TN. This tournament will bring the best 5th grade girls basketball teams in the United States to the Smokies for six days of spirited competition and fun. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this eagerly anticipated event. Read More

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Gatlinburg Basketball Tournaments to Benefit Pat Summitt and Jim Valvano Foundations

Few people have had as profound an impact on college basketball as Pat Summitt and Jim Valvano. These legendary coaches were renowned not only for their success on the court but also for their inspirational leadership and unrelenting positivity. In the coming months, Rocky Top Sports World and the Girls Basketball Association (GBA) will host two youth basketball tournaments that will honor Summitt and Valvano while raising money for their respective foundations.

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