Preparing For The 2019 Summit

Preparing For The 2019 Summit


ARE NOW JUST SIX DAYS AWAY. AS WE LOOK AHEAD TO ONE OF KELOLAND’S MOST THRILLING AND TALKED-ABOUT ANNUAL EVENTS… ….IN TONIGHT’S EYE ON KELOLAND WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PREPARATIONS NEEDED TO MAKE THE TOURNAMENT HAPPEN. DIRECTOR THOMAS LEE SAID. JUST AS IT’S THE PLAYERS AND THE TEAMS WHO GIVE MARCH ITS MADNESS, THESE TEAMS AT THE SIOUX FALLS SPORTS AUTHORITY, THE SUMMIT LEAGUE, AND THE DENNY SANFORD PREMIER CENTER MAKE THE SUMMIT LEAGUE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS A REALITY. “IT TAKES LOTS OF PEOPLE, AND IT TAKES LOTS OF TIME AND SUPPORT,” SUMMIT LEAGUE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER MYNDEE KAY LARSEN SAID. “COMMUNICATION. SO MUCH COMMUNICATION,” LEE SAID. “SO THAT’S WITH THE PREMIER CENTER, THAT’S WITH THE THEMSELVES THAT WORK THE EVENT, AND SO WE FIT THEM IN IN KEY POSITIONS WITH OUR STAFF, AND IT’S OUR FIFTH EVENT HERE IN THIS BUILDING NOW, AND IT JUST WORKS LIKE CLOCKWORK,” SAID RICK HUFFMAN, DIRECTOR OF SALES AND PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR LONG DAYS, IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF FUN,” LEE SAID. “THERE’S CREDENTIAL PACKETS WE HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER AND COACHES’ PACKETS AND ALL THOSE KIND OF THINGS, AND TRAIN THE BALL KIDS AND ORDER THE AWARDS AND ORDER THE MERCHANDISE,” LARSEN SAID. “IT’S EVERYTHING FROM VOLUNTEERS, TO SPONSORSHIP PROCUREMENT, TO HOSPITALITY, MEALS AND MAKING SURE ALL THE VIP ROOMS ARE CATERED THE WAY THEY NEED TO BE CATERED, AND FINDING TEAM TOWELS AND BIKES THAT NEED TO BE BROUGHT OVER, WARM-UP BIKES, PRACTICE SITES, FACILITATING THOSE,” LEE SAID. ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THE DENNY SANFORD PREMIER TURNAROUND MODE FOR THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. WE’LL GET THE FLOOR LAID DOWN, AND THE HOOPS OUT, AND THE CHAIRS, AND ALL THE DRESSING ROOMS WILL BE READY TO GO, GET THE BUILDING CLEANED AFTER THAT CONCERT SO THAT THE TEAMS CAN GET IN AND START PRACTICING,” HUFFMAN SAID. PLANS HERE DEPEND ON WHO EXACTLY IS PLAYING. “AS FAR AS THE DAY TO DAY STAFFING, IT IS BASED IN LARGE PART ON THE MATCHUPS. OBVIOUSLY WHEN THE SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOLS LOT OF WHAT THE TEAMS DO IS JUST PERFORM. THEY’RE JUST WORKING THEIR WAY TO MAKE THE TOURNAMENT. A LOT OF THE PREP WORK THAT WE DO WITH THE TEAMS COMES IN THE OFF-SEASON. WE WORK WITH OUR STUDENT ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEES WHERE THEY KIND OF GIVE US FEEDBACK FROM ALL OUR EVENTS, NOT JUST BASKETBALL,” LARSEN SAID. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK OUT AT THE STANDS TO SEE THAT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS MEAN A LOT TO THIS TOWN. LOOK ON THE COURT, AND YOU’LL SEE THE SAME IS TRUE FOR THE PLAYERS. “WE’RE LUCKY TO BE IN THE SUMMIT LEAGUE PAGE AT KELOLAND DOT COM. SPORTS IS COMING UP NEXT, AND KELOLAND’S SEAN BOWER

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