Over the weekends of February 23-25 & March 2-4, Ohio Elite hosted nearly 250 teams from around the region as part of the OE College Showcases. Along with the quality teams, more than 175 college coaches attended the events.
With an estimated economic impact of close to $1.5 million in hotel rooms, meals, and entertainment the OE Showcases have become top events for regional players to showcase their talents for college coaches and prepare for the spring season.
“Thank you to all players, parents, coaches, referees, college coaches, volunteers, facilities, amongst others that make the Ohio Elite College Showcases possible. Quality and commitment from all of these parties make our College Showcases an absolute success every year, bringing in top players and teams, along with an impressive showing of college coaches.” said Toby Frohlich, Event Manager.
Teams from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, and Ohio pitted their talents against one another over the three day events.
"The Ohio Elite College Showcase series allows us to get quality exposure to college coaches for both our girls and boys. The games are always at great turf complexes in the Cincinnati area and the competition is always very strong. The consistency of the event from year to year ensures that we will always support the Ohio Elite College Showcases." stated Jamie Gilbert, Executive DOC of FC Pride.
With the all the talent assembled in Cincinnati, the college coaches came from near and far to evaluate potential athletes for the future. Coaches from Division I, II, III, and NAIA attended from as far away as Florida, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York.
Despite flooding rains during the Girls weekend, the use of turf fields throughout greater Cincinnati allowed for over 95% of the games to played in their entirety.
"We can't thank enough the coaches, teams, and parents that come out to this event each year," stated Ohio Elite Executive Director, Tim Lesiak. "Getting quality games in to kick off your spring season, and to do it in front of college coaches, is why these events have grown in both numbers and level."