Thursday, April 01, 2004
Rockford named a Sports Illustrated "Sportstown"
A big honor for Rockford's sports scene. Sports Illustrated Magazine announced today that the city has been selected as the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Sportstown for the State of Illinois.
In a news conference in Rockford today, Matt Cline of Sports Illustrated said: "It was obvious when we first received your application that Rockford was very well-deserving of the award...it was obvious immediately that Rockford embraces sports as a positive force for good in the community, and that's what our celebration is all about. We're very proud and happy to award that to Rockford."
Rockford is being featured in the April 5th issue of the magazine, which is on newstands now, and also in this article online.
Living here for the past 24 years, and having a husband and kids who are sports nuts, I can vouch for the fact that this city has a very rich and full sports scene...for those who wish to play as well as for those who would rather watch. All three of my kids have played organized sports in the park district here, and we've enjoyed watching everything from the Rockford Riverhawks minor-league baseball team (for which my husband Doug is a chaplain), to the Rockford Lightning basketball team and Rockford Ice Hogs hockey team.