COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. Mountain West men’s and women’s basketball teams will be guaranteed a spot in the Rocky Mountain Challenge, a new multi-team collegiate basketball tournament, set to begin competition in the 2018-19 season. The Challenge will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The MW, Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center and Olympic City USA will serve as hosts of the event.
The tournament will feature eight men’s and eight women’s teams from around the country competing in an exciting championship-style tournament. The women’s inaugural Rocky Mountain Challenge is scheduled for November 15-17, 2018, followed by the first men’s Rocky Mountain Challenge on November 19-21, 2018.
The tournament is designed to give participating teams the unique experience of lodging alongside United States Olympic and Paralympic athletes, while gaining access to national-level competition and practicing and competing in venues utilized by many of America’s greatest Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
“The Rocky Mountain Challenge is an exciting new tournament, which we are honored to host at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs,” said Aron McGuire, USOC senior director of Olympic Training Centers. “We look forward to showcasing amazing talent from the Mountain West Conference and across the United States at the home of Team USA. We are confident the athletes, coaches and fans will experience world-class facilities and outstanding hospitality throughout their time in Olympic City USA.”
“The Mountain West Conference is excited to work with the great staff at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and secure an opportunity for both a men’s and women’s basketball team to play in the Rocky Mountain Challenge each year,” said Dan Butterly, Senior Associate Commissioner, Mountain West. “As we work with our teams to raise the stature of Mountain West men’s and women’s basketball, which includes securing placement in marquee multi-team events, the Rocky Mountain Challenge will provide our programs the opportunity to play tough competition at one of the premier basketball training facility in the world while gaining national exposure for each participating team.”
“As Olympic City USA, Colorado Springs has a strong tradition of hosting elite athletes and sporting events,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “Our U.S. Olympic and Paralympic presence is simply unparalleled, and we are thrilled to add another exciting sporting event to our growing schedule. We thank the Mountain West Conference for choosing Olympic City USA, and we look forward to a successful tournament.”
The Rocky Mountain Challenge is also scheduled for November 2019. Teams interested in participating may contact Cole McKeel, manager of sport business development at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center at 719-866-4540.
About The Mountain West Conference: From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. Now in its 19th year, the MW has been assertive in its involvement with the NCAA governance structure and has taken a leadership role in the overall administration of intercollegiate athletics. The Mountain West membership is comprised of 11 all-sport members: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San José State University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming. In addition, the University of Hawai‘i and Colorado College participate in the Mountain West as single-sport members in football and women’s soccer, respectively.
About The Olympic Training Center: The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee and Team USA. The national headquarters for USA Swimming and USA Shooting are based on complex, while the U.S. Olympic Committee, 25 National Governing Bodies and two international sports federations are also based in Colorado Springs. The CSOTC is equipped to provide housing, dining, training facilities and other cutting-edge sport performance services to more than 500 athletes and coaches on complex. In addition to amenities for athletes, the CSOTC also features attractions for visitors. More than 130,000 guests tour the USOC’s flagship training center annually, helping generate revenue in support of Team USA.
About Olympic City USA: Colorado Springs is OLYMPIC CITY USA, where a timeless culture of achievement, national pride and dedication sits comfortably alongside awe-inspiring beauty and unparalleled natural training grounds. We are home to the U.S. Olympic Committee Headquarters, many National Olympic Governing Bodies, more than 50 National Sports Organizations, the Colorado Springs OTC and the future U.S. Olympic Museum. Athletes and coaches have long recognized Colorado Springs as the epicenter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The region boasts incredible natural training grounds, inspirational views and vistas and a commitment to excellence that transcends sports and infuses itself in our educational, medical, technological and cultural assets.