Karate competition kicks its way into Springs

It’s going to be a high-kicking, board-breaking weekend Sept. 21-23 when hundreds of Karate athletes descend on Colorado Springs for the USA Karate All-American Classic.

The competition, which is being revived for the first time in recent years, is presented by the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. and will be at the Crowne Plaza. The Crowne Plaza is expecting to book about 300 room nights for the event, said Dana Kahlhamer, associate director of sales.

“It is a great infusion into the fall season,” she said.

The event features competition for male and female athletes of all ages, with the focus on the junior level of competition in the sport.

There will be one day of competition and two days of seminars, certification courses and other activities including tours of the U.S. Olympic Training Center and a VIP reception.

“USA Karate is proud to partner with the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation to bring the USA Karate All-American Classic to Colorado Springs,” said Jake Lease, USA Karate CEO. “The revival of a high level fall event has been years in the making, and we believe our athletes, coaches and members will be pleased with what they will see when they join us in the city that is the heart of the U.S. Olympic movement.”

Tom Osborne, Sports Corp. president and CEO, said the Sports Corp. is happy to work on expanding sports events into autumn.

“In our most ambitious annual sports calendar in history, this is another winner for the city,” he said.