Track & Field Championships Return to Madison Square Garden
Double Header Event featuring the 38th Annual Colgate Women's Games Finals
and U.S. Open Debut - Saturday, January 28, 2012
New York, NY (December 28, 2011) - Championship track and field returns to New York City in 2012, with the nation's best amateur track stars and professional athletes set to showcase their talent during a double header event at the new and improved Madison Square Garden, Saturday, January 28, 2012. The first phase of Madison Square Garden's historic, three-year, top-to-bottom Transformation debuted in October. This event will help kick-off the 2012 Olympic year and provide track and field fans a glimpse of the top athletes of all ages in the sport.
This exciting day of track and field begins with the 38th Annual Colgate Women's Games Finals, the finale of the nation's largest amateur track series for girls and young women. The Colgate Women's Games has long served as a fostering environment for young athletic talent, having produced hundreds of national age/grade division champions and more than 20 Olympians.
Following the Colgate Women's Games Finals, USA Track & Field will launch the first ever, U.S. Open event, part of the Visa Championship series.
"Were happy to continue our long standing partnership with the Colgate Women's Games and showcase the nation's largest amateur track series for girls and young women," said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports. "Madison Square Garden has hosted track and field for nearly 100 years and has become the premier indoor destination for the sport."
The Colgate Women's Games remain committed to providing an athletic competition that helps participating young girls and women develop a strong sense of personal achievement and self-esteem, while instilling the importance of education.
"The goal of the Colgate Women's Games is to empower girls and young women," said Fred Thompson, Meet Director, Colgate Women's Games. "Thousands of former participants have continued on through college and successful careers, and they inevitably return to tell us how the program had a significant positive effect on their lives.
For many, the Colgate Women's Games are also the unofficial start of the indoor track season, providing a benchmark for young athletes everywhere. Competitors, coaches and fans follow results throughout the series at www.colgategames.com, and high school competitors are among the most heavily recruited female athletes by top colleges and universities throughout the nation.
Registration and participation in the Colgate Women's Games is completely free. Each week, girls and young women, from elementary school through college and beyond, compete within their own age/grade divisions for ribbons, medals and points. Four preliminary meets and a semifinal are held at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and the six age/grade divisions are: Elementary A, Elementary B, Mid-School High School, College/Open and 30's plus.
Events include 55 meters, 55-meter hurdles, 200 meters, 400 Meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters, high jump and shot put. Top point scorers advance to the Finals at Madison Square Garden, where they compete for trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company.
Tickets to the Colgate Women's Games Finals are free. To order tickets, please visit www.colgategames.com, the MSG box office or www.ticketmaster.com. For Colgate competitors, attendees, and families, we have created a 10% discount offer to the U.S. Open Track and Field event. Via Ticketmaster, enter code COLGATE to receive the discount, (a $1.25 fee may apply), or present your Colgate Women's Games ticket stub at the Box Office window on the day of the event for the discount.
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