Monday, March 18, 2019

Special Olympics USA games coming to Orlando in 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Orlando will host the Special Olympics USA Games in 2022, the group’s Florida chapter said Tuesday in the Capitol, alongside Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody and two dozen Special Olympics athletes. “I’m proud of us being able to host the games in 2022,” DeSantis said. “It’s an incredible opportunity for athletes, volunteers, coaches, particularly those who call Florida home. But it will help economic activity in our state, you better believe that.” Sherry Wheelock, president and CEO of Special Olympics Florida, said Orlando beat out five other cities to host the event, but she didn’t name which cities. Orlando’s large amount of venues, access to waterways and theme parks put the city over the top, she said. “There’s just a lot of potential from venues, and I think it’s going to be a great family-friendly place, a destination to bring athletes,” Wheelock said. The Special Olympics USA Games is a competition for athletes with physical and mental disabilities, with events including basketball, bowling, soccer, tennis, golf and swimming. It is restricted to North American athletes and separate from the Special Olympic games open to athletes around the globe. The USA Games began in 2006 and are held every four years. Last year’s event was held in Seattle, drawing in more than 15,000 volunteers and 4,000 athletes competing in 14 sports, according to the event’s website. “The [Special Olympics] program has allowed me to build confidence in myself and always to believe that no matter what I can achieve my dreams,” said Maryann Gonzalez, a veteran of four Special Olympics USA Games, five Special Olympics world games and an assistant with Special Olympics Florida. Beginning in 1980, she’s competed in track and field, basketball, volleyball and softball events for the games. “Growing up in foster care was not always easy, however, I dedicated my focus on excelling in sports and being a positive member of my team,” she said, adding that she’ll receive a degree in computer science this May. The games will be held the June 5 through June 12 in 2022. The event is “more proof that our region has become a premier sports event destination,’’ said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in a statement. “The games will bring thousands of visitors to Central Florida, bolstering our economy by filling our restaurants, shops and hotels. But more importantly, the games will give us the opportunity to welcome and host some of the most inspiring athletes in the country.’’ Specific venues will be unveiled in April, but organizers are eying ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex, which often hosts large sporting events. Wheelock added that Camping World Stadium, the Orlando City Soccer stadium or another downtown Orlando venue are being considered for the opening ceremonies. Wheelock cited a Visit Orlando study showing the event is estimated to bring $69 million in economic impact to the region. Wheelock also touted that her group has hit a milestone of 50,000 athletes in the state of Florida alone. or (850) 222-5564 CAPTION Highlights from Gov. Ron Desantis' State of the State speech he delivered to the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 05, 2019. Highlights from Gov. Ron Desantis' State of the State speech he delivered to the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 05, 2019. CAPTION As legislators report to Tallahassee for the start of session this week, Central Florida lawmakers are pushing boozy bills that would allow dogs in breweries, cider to be sold in growlers and allow craft distilleries to produce up to 250,000 gallons of liquor. As legislators report to Tallahassee for the start of session this week, Central Florida lawmakers are pushing boozy bills that would allow dogs in breweries, cider to be sold in growlers and allow craft distilleries to produce up to 250,000 gallons of liquor.

USA Taekwondo announces Pan Am Games Poomsae Interest Form and Pan Am Championships Team Trials 

 By Bill Kellick |
 March 12, 2019,
 5:42 p.m. (ET)
 USA Taekwondo is pleased to announce important steps towards qualifying for this year's Pan Am Games Poomsae team and Pan Am Cadet and Junior Poomsae Championships team. Pan Am Games Team Trials Interest Form Due to the organizational requirements of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) and Pan American Games, USA Taekwondo requires that all athletes interested in competing at the June Pan Am Games Poomsae Team Trials to submit their information at the form below by March 17, 2019. Failure to submit interest may result in ineligibility for the Pan Am Games Team Trials. There is no commitment to compete implied by the completion of this form, and please note that this form is only for those athletes who intend to compete as part of a 5-person freestyle team. Dates of Pan American Cadet and Junior Poomsae Championships Team Trials Announced The dates of the Pan American Cadet and Junior Poomsae Taekwondo Championships were recently announced to be June 13-15, 2019 in Portland, OR.  Therefore, USA Taekwondo will hold a separate team trials to select Team USA for this event. These trials will be held May 4-5, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO.  More information will be available on soon. Athletes are still encouraged to attend State Qualifiers and USAT National Championships this year to earn Tusah ranking points, which will be likely be used for future team selections.  

DOMOTEX USA Establishes Its Roots As America’s Most Innovative and International Floor Covering Event 

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After three days of state-of-the-art flooring displays from around the world and lively industry discussions on and off the show floor, the inaugural DOMOTEX USA launched from Feb. 28 to March 2. In total, 282 exhibitors from 25 countries showcased their latest products across 89,400 square feet of exhibition space in Atlanta to kick off the event. More than 57 percent of the show’s exhibition space featured North American flooring suppliers and 43 percent of the square footage was dedicated to international exhibitors. “DOMOTEX USA highlighted the passion and innovation of the world’s floor covering manufacturers in an intimate and artfully curated space in the Georgia World Congress Center,” said Larry Turner, president and CEO of Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA), the organizer of the event. “As an extension of DOMOTEX in Hannover, Germany, the world's leading showcase for carpets and floor coverings, the flooring trends demonstrated, topics discussed, new partnerships made and business connections forged at DOMOTEX USA make this the most creative, international and inspirational event for the North American marketplace.” DOMOTEX USA 2020 will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. from February 5-7. Pre-Show Plant Tour Offers Retailers Unique Experience To unveil the first DOMOTEX USA event, HFUSA organized for registered attendees a unique tour of four Dalton, Georgia-area flooring facilities, including Shaw Industries’ resilient manufacturing facility, The Dixie Group headquarters & creative facility, Engineered Floors SAM plant and Beauflor USA’s sheet vinyl facility. The full-day tour took place on Wednesday, Feb. 27, the day prior to the opening of the inaugural show. Attendees experienced from start to finish the manufacture of several products showcased at DOMOTEX USA, including Shaw’s COREtec brand of waterproof luxury vinyl tile flooring, Dixie Group’s new carpeting products across its Dixie Home, Fabrica and Masland lines, Engineered Floors carpet fiber production technologies and Beauflor’s crafted sheet vinyl and proprietary textile backing, Blacktex. “To see such distinct and unique facilities all in one day and to experience up close the automation, scale of each facility and product design inspiration is a great use of any flooring retailers time immediately before the show,” said Allison Weiner, designer and merchandiser of Green Bay, Wis.-based HJ Martin and Son and winner of the DOMOTEX World Tour Sweepstakes trip to DOMOTEX Hannover in January 2019. DOMOTEX USA Donates $10,000 to Aid Industry Workers During the show’s opening night reception, DOMOTEX USA presented a $10,000 donation to the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) to further the 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization’s outreach to floor covering industry workers battling life-altering and catastrophic medical conditions. Charlie Dilks, FCIF’s board chairman and chief product officer of CCA Global Partners, accepted the donation on behalf of the charity. Exhibitor Highlights and Product Launches Exhibitors expressed amazement and satisfaction with the steady flow of qualified attendees and found the new show to be easy to navigate, well planned and executed. Many manufacturers of hard and soft floor coverings and floor processing technologies utilized their exhibitions at DOMOTEX USA 2019 to launch new products into the North American marketplace. “I like the overall quality of DOMOTEX USA and suppliers exhibiting across the show floor,” said Franck Taubert, group export commercial director of Alsapan, a French manufacturer of laminate and resilient flooring. “We were very pleased with the big floor covering distributors who visited our booth. The difference between other North American industry events and DOMOTEX USA is this show is for attendees who are specifically interested in purchasing floor covering products,” he added. Producer of hardwood floor cleaners, stains, sealers and high durability finishes, Bona, showcased its new Bona Inspiration design focused collection of stains, sealers and finishes at the inaugural show. “We officially launched Bona Inspiration in the U.S. at DOMOTEX USA 2019,” said Leah Bradley, Bona’s band manager. “We saw a great selection of the mix of attendees we hoped to see across our target audiences, including architects, interior designers, retailers, distributors and contractors,” added Bradley. Kabul Carpet Export Center (KCEC), a novel project entirely funded by the Unites States International Agency for Development (USAID) to support the Afghan weaving business selling handmade rugs, launched in the North American marketplace at DOMOTEX USA 2019. The company was pleased with the broad audience of carpet and rug importer attendees who visited its booth to discuss the project and its Afghan weavers. KCEC launched at DOMOTEX Hannover and will attended DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR next month. For Bruce Hammer, vice president of sales in North America for Ribadao, a Portuguese-based solid flooring, engineered flooring and wall panel manufacturer, the show presented an intimate space to showcase its products to a targeted audience of OEMs, distributors and large retailers. “The opportunities we secured at DOMOTEX USA we would not have captured at any other North American flooring event,” said Hammer. During DOMOTEX USA 2019, Shaw Industries, a member of the show’s advisory board, showcased its COREtec and Anderson Tuftex brands. The company highlighted the Anderson Tuftex new Unleashed collection of pet friendly carpets and hardwood products. The carpeting in the collection is made with STAINMASTER® PetProtect® carpet. Anderson Tuftex also featured its wide and long plank hardwoods as part of the Unleashed collection. “Shaw is thrilled to support the inaugural show and to showcase our high quality, boutique brands. We did make new retailer contacts and expect to secure new business as a result of our participation at the event,” said Carrie Edwards Isaac, vice president of marketing and consumer strategy for Shaw Industries residential division. “The beauty of the wide variety of customers we’ve connected with during the show is that they were interested in both our hard and soft collections,” she said. Shaw exhibited its COREtec brand at DOMOTEX Hannover in January. SWISS KRONO launched its new, advanced and improved, water-resistant laminate flooring lines at the inaugural show. Commenting on the new U.S. show, Fabian K├Âlliker, head of marketing at SWISS KRONO Group said, “DOMOTEX USA is in the right place, and we look forward to attending the show next year and are happy with the 2020 show dates. We were pleased to see many of our existing customers and to connect with new retailers, too.” Education Spotlights Digital Marketing and Brand Leadership During the show’s two-day Growth Sessions conference, industry thought leaders and digital marketing experts offered key takeaways, case studies and creative approaches to the predominantly flooring retailer audience. FloorForce sponsored the first day of Digital Growth discussions held Thursday, Feb. 28. The day’s discussions offered measurable tools for finding, understanding and connecting with targeted flooring customers through digital channels. DOMOTEX USA’s Friday, March 1 Branding and Marketing Growth Sessions highlighted how retailers can create brands that really resonate with their customers. Important takeaways were how to get intentional about the branding process and how to think through brand positioning, brand essence and the brand promise. The Insider Talks held on the show floor for all attendees featured top industry professionals who discussed topics ranging from the state of the flooring industry to tips for flooring installation and repairs. Emily Morrow Home Design Panel Sells Out Emily Morrow Home hosted a design panel and luncheon that specifically addressed the changing landscape of interior design. The discussion highlighted each panel member's design focus and favorite Emily Morrow Home hardwood style. Insights on current and future trends also were discussed. Inaugural Show Attracts Qualified Attendees The quality mix of show attendees was extremely high – a fact confirmed by all exhibitors. The inaugural show secured 5130 registrants, attracting retail professionals, wholesalers, distributors, OEMs, interior designers, contractors and installation professionals. About 70 percent of the first show’s attendees are located in the Eastern U.S. “Attendee traffic, including qualified North American retailers and distributor partners, exceeded our expectations for the inaugural show,” said Pat Oakley, vice president of marketing at Mullican Flooring in Johnson City, Tenn. “The show’s location was a perfect fit for us, allowing many of our customers, manufacturing and marketing personnel to easily attend. We have signed on for DOMOTEX USA 2020,” he added. During the inaugural show, Mullican launched its new Wexford Kiln-Aged collection, which is a part of its engineered wood flooring line. About DOMOTEX USA DOMOTEX USA is a new annual flooring innovations industry trade show and conference. The event is the latest extension of DOMOTEX, the world’s foremost showcase for floor coverings held annually in Hannover, Germany in January. DOMOTEX USA is focused on the needs of the residential floor covering industry’s buyers and manufacturers. The trade show features product displays across soft and hard surfaces including area rugs, carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, as well as flooring technology. For further information, visit the show’s website at and social media sites: Facebook - @DomotexUSA - Twitter - @DomotexUSA - LinkedIn - Instagram - About DOMOTEX Worldwide Deutsche Messe organizes a number of DOMOTEX events around the world. DOMOTEX is the world’s leading annual trade show for carpets and floor coverings and is scheduled to run from Jan. 10-13, 2020 in Hannover, Germany. For more information, visit DOMOTEX USA trade show is scheduled to run from Feb. 5-7, 2020 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR, the largest international trade show for carpets and floor coverings in the Asia-Pacific region, is held annually in Shanghai. DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2019 is scheduled to run from March 26-28, 2019. For more information, visit DOMOTEX Turkey is Turkey’s leading trade show for carpets and floor coverings. DOMOTEX Turkey 2019 is scheduled to run from April 27-30, 2019 in Gaziantep. For more information, visit DOMOTEX Mexico is the next step in Deutsche Messe’s globalization of the DOMOTEX brand. As a result of an agreement between Deutsche Messe and UBM, the event will premiere from October 15-19, 2019 at Expo CIHAC, Latin America’s leading trade show for the construction industry, held at the Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City.

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