Osborne continues sports success in Springs

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* Name: Tom Osborne

* Organization: Colorado Springs Sports Corporation

* Position: President & CEO

* Hometown: Billings, Mont.

* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 14 months

* Education: Bachelor’s degree from Montana State University- Billings

* A few words about your company: The Colorado Springs Sports Corp. is a non-profit corporation established in 1979 for the promotion of amateur athletics, activities and events in Colorado. The corporation played a role in bringing the USOC Headquarters to Colorado Springs and has worked to support the USOC and dozens of National Governing Bodies located in Colorado Springs. The corporation is a strong supporter of youth sports, provides scholarships to underprivileged youth in our community to participate in sports camps, created the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame and successfully re-launched Colorado’s state games (Rocky Mountain State Games).

* Recent accomplishments: Won the bid for and successfully co-hosted – with Colorado College – the NCAA Western Regional Ice Hockey Championships at the World Arena last March. Sports Corp. was just awarded the bid for the 2005/2007 State Games of America, which is a national sports festival that will bring 10,000 athletes and 15,000 family members and friends to Colorado Springs.

* Biggest career break: Elected to serve on the executive committee of the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors from 1996-2000.

* The toughest part of your job: Colorado Springs is considered the “Amateur Sports Capital of the World.” Our biggest challenge is to find the resources to support the sports organizations in Colorado Springs & to help the organizations not only succeed, but function at the level these world-class sports leaders are capable of.

* Someone you admire: Bill Hybl

* About your family: Married to Amy, two children Ben and Ellie

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: We want to keep Colorado’s momentum moving forward as it climbs the ladder to become the fittest state in the country. We are establishing programs to motivate and help Colorado residents reach their fitness and weight-loss goals.

* How your business will change in the next decade: The Sports Corp. was built on a strong mission. That mission won’t change. What we hope to accomplish in the future is – while keeping Colorado Springs the focus and the priority – partnering with other communities in Colorado and sharing the wealth of the programs we establish in Colorado Springs for the overall benefit of the state.

* What book are you currently reading? Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I think community leaders have an interest and understanding of what the sports organizations and the sports community does for Colorado Springs, but I’d like to see stronger awareness in families and in businesses.