NASCAR in Charlotte

Besides Lowe’s Motor Speedway in nearby Concord, several racing teams have their base of operations in the Charlotte area.  Shops will usually offer tours and, of course, the chance to buy souvenirs featuring your favorite driver!

Scheduled to open in May 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be located in downtown Charlotte.  It will now doubt become a highlight of visiting conventions and trade show visitors.  The state-of-the art museum will showcase NASCAR through the years and beyond.  Fans will flock to learn more about their favorite drivers and teams.

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Olympic Swimming in Charlotte

SwimMac – Center of Excellence

SwimMac was formed in 1977 and has experienced nothing but an upward climb in the ranks of USA Swimming over the years.  Currently more than 2,500 swimmers take part in one of SwimMac´s varied programs.  From swim lessons for beginners to the year-round competitive team, to the masters program, SwimMac has continued to find success in filling the needs of the swimming community in the greater Charlotte area.

carly swimIn 2006, SwimMac, with the support of both USA Swimming and the US Olympic Committee, was selected to become the country´s first Center of Excellence.  This bold move will serve to benefit not only SwimMac swimming programs and athletes, but the entire Charlotte area, as one more Nationally ranked training program is focused in Charlotte, NC (USA Canoe and Kayak has designated the US National Whitewater Center, also located in Charlotte, as it´s home).

World class US swimmers now have a central place to train with a coach (David Marsh, former head swimming coach at Auburn University) dedicated solely to their goals and aspirations.   SwimMac´s mission statement, “Empowering Young People To Be Champions In Life Through Excellence In Swimming” will now take on even more significance, as current and future Olympian swimmers begin training at the SwimMac facilities.

MAC programs include:

Year round competitive team - The largest of SwimMac´s programs, the competitive team experience is open to children of all ages and abilities.  Practice groups are broken down by several factors, including, but not limited to, age, ability, and dedication.  Practices and training are geared toward the ages and competitiveness of each group, with the more advanced levels including dry-land and two-a-day practices.

Homeschool Swimming – For homeschooled students ages 5-18. The homeschool program offers three levels of classes designed for homeschoolers and the classes are all held at the same time.

Masters Swimming – Masters is a program for adult swimmers of all levels.  Masters swimmers range from competitive swimmers, to fitness buffs, to triathletes.

SwimAmerica Swim Lessons – This learn to swim program concentrates on proper stroke technique that will allow swimmers to become excellent competitive swimmers, or have a solid foundation for recreational swimming.

Teen Fit – A variety of classes for teens aged 12-18 teaching fitness through the use of Aqua-Aerobics, weight training, and balance.

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Sports in Charlotte

There are many options for sports fans in the Charlotte area.  There are several professional teams, some semi-pro teams, and the area colleges and universities field exciting teams as well.  North Carolina is ACC basketball country – as evidenced by the fierce loyalties shown by the fans during games.  The city has been known to host public viewings for big games, with everyone proudly wearing shirts and sweats from their favorite school.

Charlotte’s sports scene includes:

The Carolina Panthers – who play in the beautiful Bank of America stadium in downtown Charlotte.  The stadium seats approximately 73,000 for a game.

The Charlotte Bobcats also play in downtown Charlotte in Bobcats Arena.  This arena is relatively new and was built for the Bobcats.  The arena also hosts other events such as the PBR, AGA Grand Prix Jumping, concerts, and more.

The Quail Hollow Championship Golf Tournament is held in early May each year at the beautiful Quail Hollow Country Club in South Charlotte.  This premier PGA Tour event never fails to attract the top golfers on tour.

Charlotte Checkers AA Hockey is also featured at Bobcats Arena.  A fun, affordable family night out!

NASCAR at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.  Many top teams have their base of operations within a few miles of the track as well, which are sometimes open for tours.  The NASCAR Hall of Fame is scheduled to open in downtown Charlotte in Spring 2010.

An annual event, the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase is run on the last Saturday in April in Mineral Springs, just 30 minutes from downtown Charlotte.  The site has been heralded as one of the nicest tracks on the Steeplechase Circuit, with a gorgeous infield and a tiered viewing area at the finish line.

Charlotte Knights AAA Baseball is played all summer long just over the state line in Fort Mill.  A new stadium in downtown Charlotte is planned for the future.  This is another great affordable family fun night out.

Newest addition to our area is the US National Whitewater Center (USNWC).This amazing facility offers Olympic level whitewater kayaking and canoeing & training, as well as the largest outdoor climbing center in the US, bike and hiking trails, and a challenge course.  Take it outside!

Charlotte Eagles Soccer is in the Second Division of the United Soccer Leagues (USL).  This team is very community oriented, offering camps and clinics, as well as exciting play.

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Olympic Whitewater in Charlotte

US National Whitewater Center

USACK Training Headquarters

kayak2Located in Southwest Charlotte, the US National Whitewater Center opened in August 2006.  It immediately became the new home for USA Canoe and Kayak (USACK).  The center covers over 300 acres adjacent to the Catawba River.  Although the main attraction is the Olympic level man made multi-channel whitewater river, the center also boasts the country’s tallest outdoor climbing center, mountain biking trails, a challenge course, and hiking trails. The newest addition to the center is the Mega Zipline – four 1,123 foot ziplines across the rapids!

storageThe world’s only multi-channel recirculating whitewater river, which was inspired by the Penrith Whitewater Stadium used in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has been designated as an official Olympic training site.  Rapids range from class II to class IV, and the center has the ability to change the course as needed with removable ‘pegs’ and adjustable gates along the course.  Release times vary, so it’s best to contact the center before visiting if you want to observe or navigate the river.

kayakclassKayak instruction is available at all levels in both group and private settings.  For experienced paddlers, run the channels on your own or with a guide.  The two large collection pools at both ends of the course allow you to practice flat water skills, as well as access to the Catawba River, which is adjacent to the Center.

raftGuided raft trips are also available.  All equipment and instruction is provided, with wetsuits available for rent during cooler weather.  Lasting around two hours, the trips cover approximately 5 miles of whitewater on class II to class IV rapids.  Raft trips navigate all channels of the center.

climbingtowerOverlooking the competition channel is the country’s tallest outdoor climbing center.  A 30′ multi-sided wall is covered, along with a 46′ tall spire is the place to experience free form climbing, along with bouldering and rappelling.  A grass amphitheater adjacent to the climbing area is the perfect spot to watch climbing and whitewater action.

The Team Development Center offers your group the chance to forge bonds and develop leadership with the help of a USNWC facilitator.  Programs are specially designed for each group to maximize the experience through ground activities, high ropes, and low ropes courses.

Mountain biking trails cover 11 miles on the USNWC’s hilly, wooded terrain.  These trails are geared toward the experienced riders, and helmets are required.  You can also hike these trails and see the Catawba River, as well as the various activities going on at the USNWC at any given time.

More information, including hours of operation and rates, can be found on the USNWC official website.

Take it outside!

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