Mayor Daley's Sports Festival will be held at McCormick Place on December 27 (Saturday) through 29 (Monday). The admission is free. About 25,000 visitors are expected at the Festival.
Badminton is the featured sport, resulting from the 2016 Olympic initiatives. The badminton event will be held at North Hall. Yonex is sponsoring 6 International Tournament court mats. There will be 3 additional courts for the fun activities. The Chicago Park District (CPD) will organize the CPD youth tournament in the Yonex courts.
The concerted efforts of BadmintonChicago.Org (a Chicago non-profit organization), WSC (World Sports Chicago), USAB (USA Badminton), Yonex, and MBA (Midwest Badminton Association) will offer a very rare but exciting opportunity for Chicago and Midwest badminton enthusiasts.
Yonex and USAB will sponsor four Elite US National players:
Tony Gunawan (2000 Olympian, 2001 and 2005 World doubles Champion)
Howard Bach (2005 World Champion and 2008 Doubles Olympian)
Bob Malaythong (2008 Doubles Olympian)
Howard Shu (Thomas Cup Team Member and U17 prospect)
BadmintonChicago.Org will organize the two feature events, as well as the demonstration, between 11:00AM and 2:00PM as follows:
We offer a HS/Junior Clinic where about 25 High School and/or Junior players will have an opportunity for hands-on instruction from the elite players. The clinic is free.
We offer competition matches among Elite National and top ranked Midwest players. The MBA will sponsor the Midwest players represented by Ben Hussey, Sandro Rossi, Hagen Hentschel, and Gediminas Adrikonis in men's bracket, and Shannon Pohl, Erin Hois, Tiffanie Kimura, and Karishma Kollipara in women's bracket. We expect the matches to have a quality equivalent to the US National tournament. The matches will be in the standard 21x3 game format.
Also the three families will host the four National Elite players on 12/27. Each family will organize an informal welcome party so that the community will interact with the players. Please meet the players at the parties near by. The host family information is as follows:
(1) Sukit Surapiboonchai (Sponsor of Tony Gunawan)
11737 Juanita Drive
Orland Park, IL 60467
(2) Harvey Look (Sponsor of Howard Shu)
1153 W Tern Dr.
Palatine, IL 60067
(3) Jackie Conley (Vietnamese Community President) (Sponsor of Howard Bach and Bob Malaythong)
DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2008
LOCATION: VIETNAMESE ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
5110 N BROADWAY
CHICAGO, IL 60640
HOSTED BY: JACKIE CONLEY
PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VIETNAMESE ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
CONTACT: JACKIE CONLEY