With four children, you can bet my family has been part of nearly every sporting competition you can imagine, from baseball, football, basketball, cheer, swim, tennis, and gymnastics. We’ve been to tournaments all over the southeast, but never a tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports near Disney World.
I figure there’s still time for that, since three of the four still have a couple grades before they graduate high school. And I can’t imagine a venue I’d rather travel to for another competition.
The ESPN Wide World of Sports is a dream come true for little athletes AND the families who support their passions.
Disney Sports is highlighting all they can offer at the incredible sports complex by stopping in at select cities around the country with ‘On the Road to Disney Parks’. It’s a unique way to promote everything from the runDisney events that are so popular to the programs your children can be part of if their team joins in on a tournament there, or if you decide your child should be part of a special clinic. Disney is reaching out directly to moms—bloggers and team moms—at these events, hoping we’ll spread the word. Smart of Disney, huh, knowing that moms are good about telling others what works and what doesn’t when it comes to sporting events.
I got to see the complex first-hand over the summer while on a media trip to find out more about the ESPN facilities.
There are all kinds of programs set up to make the trip simple and stress-free for coaches, team moms, players and parents. You can find out about all of that here.
During our special Disney On the Road night we were lucky enough to have a surprise visit from former pro football player Warrick Dunn (he played for the Buccaneers and the Falcons). He pointed out that he actually trained at the ESPN facilities as a child. Dunn now offers support to others through his charities, Warrick Dunn Charities.
Dunn really represents all that Disney is promoting at the parks…team players with a desire to compete and a passion for their sport.
Sounds like a winning combination in my book!
Meantime, I thought it might be worth also sharing this video, shot during the visit to the Orlando complex, with Kevin Corke, the face and voice of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. He has decades in broadcasting and I asked him about advice for someone who might be considering a career in sports broadcasts. I found his insight very interesting. He is definitely ‘in the know’ on this subject. And if you make it to the ESPN Complex, his face will become very familiar, introducing the daily highlights of all the action on the fields.
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