After careful consideration, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has decided to shift our focus from the Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival and place a greater emphasis on other events. We will no longer be hosting the Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival.
In 2006, the Continental Cup was started by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and has made a tremendous impact on the local community both in terms of economic impact and quality of life. Some of the past highlights from this event include:
- Over 2,400 teams
- More than 28,000 athletes
- 38 participating countries
- Economic impact of over $29,000,000
The landscape for producing an event like the Continental Cup has changed. A significant number of external forces have made it increasingly challenging to successfully execute this event. These challenges include a proliferation of competitive venues, increased difficulty with international travel and escalating costs.
We’re proud of the contributions that the Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival have made to the greater Cleveland community for the past 11 years. As we shift our focus to other events such as NEOCycle, NCAA Championships and large scale multi-sport events, we remain steadfast in our mission to measurably enhance the economy, image and quality of life in the greater Cleveland community by attracting and creating significant sporting events and activities.
About the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting nearly 170 sporting events which have contributed over $450 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. The GCSC supports the local economy, utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward community agendas and maintains a goal of producing events that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.