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5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for Team Bonding

In town for a tournament but have some downtime? What better way to spend it than having your team bond! There are plenty of things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge that will help your team build relationships with each other, making them even better on the court together! Check out these 5 things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for team bonding: Read More

The city of Gatlinburg on a spring day.

Your Guide to the Top Things to Do in Gatlinburg for Athletes at Rocky Top Sports World

Gatlinburg is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country! When you participate in a tournament or event at Rocky Top Sports World, one of the best parts is having the chance to explore the area. Whether you’re celebrating a big win at one of the delicious Gatlinburg restaurants or spending your downtime visiting the attractions, you’re sure to have a great time in the Smoky Mountains. To help guarantee you have fun, we’ve made a list of the top things to do in Gatlinburg that you won’t want to miss. Read More

Scenic photo of the Smoky Mountains during the spring in Gatlinburg.

4 of the Best Spring Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

It’s springtime in the Smoky Mountains, and the weather is perfect for being outdoors. Not too cold, not too hot! During this time of year, there are wildflowers all throughout the mountains and creatures are coming out to explore. If you’re wanting to get out and see the beauty of nature this spring, you’ll definitely want to try out 4 of the best spring hikes in the Smoky Mountains. 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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5 of the Best Smoky Mountain Restaurants to Celebrate a Big Win

After a big win, there is no better way to celebrate than by heading to one of the delicious restaurants in the Smoky Mountains! The Smokies are home to places to eat that are both kid friendly and great for groups. To help you decide where you should eat after your game, we’ve made a list of 5 of the best Smoky Mountain restaurants to celebrate a big win. Read More

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8 Tips for Parents with Kids Who Play Youth Sports

When your child plays youth sports, we know you want to be the best parent you can be and make sure they’re set up for success! The most important thing to do is make sure your child is happy and having fun. It’s easy to get caught up in the game just like the players and coaches do, but you should always set a good example for your child. Check out these 8 tips for parents with kids who play youth sports: 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

Rocky Top Sports World and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Ways to Prepare for Your First Sports Tournament in the Smoky Mountains

If you’ve never been to a tournament in the Smoky Mountains, it can be stressful figuring out what to pack, where to stay, and how to prepare for the tournament itself. That’s why we’re here to help! Our Smoky Mountain sports complex is the host of plenty of tournaments and events throughout the year, and we know all the best ways for you to prepare. Find out the top ways to prepare for your first sports tournament in the Smoky Mountains: Read More

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5 Benefits of Youth Martial Arts and Why It’s Becoming More Popular

Over the last 10 years, martial arts has become more popular in the United States. Instead of the traditional youth sports like football, basketball, and soccer, more kids are wanting to get involved in martial arts — and their parents support it too! At Rocky Top Sports World, we’ve held our fair share of martial Read More

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10 of the Best Songs to Warm Up to Before a Big Game

To get pumped up before a big game, the best thing to do is listen to a warm-up song! Nothing gives you that rush of adrenaline you need more than one of your favorite songs. To help you decide what to put on your pre-game playlist, we’ve made a list of some of the best songs to warm up to. Read More