Not Just Stars Of The Future
Come see tomorrow's stars today. That's a pitch that works. And it aptly describes the Armory Invitational, New York City's largest collegiate gathering for sport held at The Armory each February.
But you can see today's stars as well. Cases in point: Last year's edition of the Invitational featured two athletes — Clemson's Brianna Rollins and George Mason's David Verburg — who would later earn gold medals for Team USA at the World Championships in Moscow. In addition, two other members of Team USA — Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU and Ajee' Wilson — competed at the Invite.
The 2014 showcase should certainly have the same type of star power as such schools such as Arizona, Arkansas, BYU, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas Tech and Wisconsin have already signed on.
But it isn't just the collegians who shine here, just a block from Broadway. Last year's Invitational played host to 12 different junior events and, remarkably, every one produced a new high school No. 1 as Kadecia Baird, Ben Malone, Emma Gallagher, Richard Rose, Sabrina Southerland, Rudy Winkler and six different relays turned in elite performances with the eyes of the nation's college coaches upon them.
The tentative schedule as well as rules, procedures and standards are now online for the 2014 Invitational, slated for Feb. 7-8. You can also take a look at the preliminary list of teams which have stated an intention to compete (note that the entry process does not formally begin until early December).
There is much more to come in regards to the Armory Invitational, include the processes for online ticket purchases and media credential applications, but for now, just save the dates and tell a friend.