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December 15, 2010
The Smith River Sports Complex opened in July 2009 primarily as a "soccer complex". Since then, the Complex hosted soccer, football, flag football, field hockey, lacrosse and is capable of hosting any field sport. From August to December the SRSC "kicked it into high gear".

The SRSC hosted the Christian Athletics Outreach soccer tournament, Averett Cougar Classic soccer tournament, Battle by the River club soccer tournament, Legendary Lacrosse showcase, Virginia Storm semi-pro football season, Carlisle field hockey and soccer seasons, Martinsville Middle School soccer season, USA South Athletic Conference soccer tournament, PYSL Piedmont Shootout, Soccer OP 3V3 soccer tournament, and several youth and adult soccer and flag football leagues.

The Complex developed partnerships and great working relationships with athletic coaches, trainers and directors at Carlisle, Martinsville City schools and Henry County schools. Piedmont Youth Soccer League (PYSL) moved all games to the Complex and improved its recreation numbers and tripled the travel program participants.

Three main goals lead the SRSC staff: providing a facility for locals to enjoy, creating a positive economic impact on the community and becoming self-sustainable. Local citizens use the Complex daily to book events at the picnic shelters or in the meeting room, walk, play on the playground and/or watch sports. In addition, the most recent events have proven to provide a positive economic impact for the community. In terms of money generated into the community through hotels, restaurants, etc. the Cougar Classic brought in $10,000, the Battle by the River brought in $8,500, the Legendary Lacrosse Showcase brought about $11,500, the USA South tournament brought over $52,000 and the Piedmont Shootout over $300,000.

The SRSC hosted thousands of visitors from 14 states and Canada over the year with about 1,500 hits to its' website monthly from 17 countries including the USA. In January, the FC New York professional soccer tryout will bring players from 15 countries and all over the United States. Other events to look forward to this Spring are: local sporting events, Bassett Bengal Soccer Bash, PYSL Martinsville Madness youth tournament, SRSC Women's and Men's College Showcases and much more.

For more information or questions, contact Kimberly Payne at 403-5970 or Billy Russo, Director of Operations, at 638-5200.