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USA Boxing Earns 2021 SportsTravel Award for 2020 USA Boxing National Championships

By USA Boxing | Oct. 05, 2021, 10:47 a.m. (ET)

USA Boxing was honored at the 2021 TEAMS Conference and Expo in Atlantic City, N.J. with the 2021 SportsTravel Award for the success of the 2020 USA Boxing National Championships held this past March and April in Shreveport, La. 

This year’s SportsTravel Awards honored the organizations, events and individuals who went above and beyond during the challenging and historical year, as well as found ways to move the industry forward.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by our industry peers,” stated Michael Campbell, USA Boxing Events and Operations Manager. “It is at the TEAMS conference and other sports tourism meetings like it where we make connections to better accommodate future event needs.  The relationships formed in these meetings are what made this great event possible.  When we needed them, the City of Shreveport along with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, found us exactly what we required to hold the event and brought on board additional partners such as LSU Health Shreveport to ensure a safe environment for our athletes, coaches and staff.”

Following a year of cancellations due to COVID-19, the 2020 USA Boxing National Championships was scheduled to be their first national tournament since December 2019 in Lake Charles, La. However, after Hurricane Laura struck the city, the tournament was moved to Shreveport before being postponed until March 2021.

These championships saw USA Boxing implement COVID-19 protocols designed to ensure the safety of all participants, as well as the members of the Shreveport community. With limited capacity, USA Boxing event staff worked alongside the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission and the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority to livestream bouts at local restaurants to encourage visitors to spend money in the local community. 

In the end, the event ended up being USA Boxing’s largest national tournament in history with over 1,000 bouts contested during the nine days of competition. 

“USA Boxing went above and beyond during a very challenging year to make the 2020 USA Boxing National Championships happen, while ensuring our community, athletes, coaches, and their families all stayed safe,” said Kelly Wells, Executive Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “They partnered with our local businesses to keep tourism dollars in our community, and never stopped thinking of ways to move the industry forward. We were honored to nominate USA Boxing for this prestigious award, and couldn’t be more proud to have hosted their event in Shreveport-Bossier City.”

Criteria for selection include organizations, events or individuals who demonstrated not only resolve in the face of the current challenges but also reflected what is best about the people and the organizations in the sports-event industry. Nominees can include organizations, events or individuals that persevered in the past year, found new ways to approach their business and helped their communities and their industry emerge stronger from the pandemic. Additional information, including past winners, can be found here.