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September 23, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) and USA Flatball are proud to announce that the inaugural College Mixed Championships will be this weekend, September 26-27 in Axton, Va. The first of its kind, the championship will bring 14 mixed college Ultimate Frisbee teams to south central Virginia to bid for the crown.

The tournament will run from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

"The SRSC is thrilled to play host to this inaugural event and USA Flatball's first-ever event," SRSC Director of Operations Billy Russo said. "This goes to show how much the Ultimate Frisbee community enjoys having events at the SRSC and in Martinsville-Henry County."

The event will bring 14 college teams from eight states and D.C. including: Georgia Tech, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, State University of New York at Courtland, Elon University, University of Central Florida, University of Georgia, University of Michigan, UNC-Chapel Hill, Guilford College, North Carolina State, Georgetown University, University of Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth University and Princeton University.

"We are expecting a wide array of talent," Todd Curran, the event organizer, said. "Many of the teams represented are some of the top players in the country."

The teams will be competing for a $5,000 cash purse that will be split between the first, second and third place finishers, as well as the "most-spirited" team.

"This is the first official College Mixed event in the sport of ultimate and it's exciting to see what teams come out on top," Curran said. "We have some big named schools competing but looking forward to also seeing the talent of the DIII schools."

With this being the inaugural event, USA Flatball is hoping it will turn into an annual championship that will grow and include four regional qualifiers in 2016 with the Smith River Sports Complex once again participating as a host site.

"SRSC was the perfect location for the College Mixed Championships because of its location and quality of fields," Curran mentioned. "Those two winning combinations made it easy to choose SRSC."

According to the USA Flatball website, usaflatball.com, ultimate "combines the non-stop movement of soccer with the passing and receiving skills of football. The object of the game is to score by catching a flatball in the opponent's end zone. As in soccer, the flatball can change possession during a point between the offense and defense through turnovers (interception, pass dropped, thrown/caught out of bounds, or player holding onto flatball for more than 10 seconds)."

"Ultimate is an exciting sport to watch and is gaining traction throughout the world," Curran said. "Recently, ultimate has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee and with over 5,000,000 people playing the sport, we expect it to grow exponentially over the next few years. This fast action sport is easy to learn and follow and so much fun to watch. So come out and cheer on your favorite school."

For more information, please call 276-638-5200, ext. 2, or email hstutz@SmithRiverSportsComplex.com. Also be sure to follow the Smith River Sports Complex on Facebook and Twitter @SmithRiverSport for the latest news around SRSC.