ARIZONA ELITE PRESIDENT GARY PEDERSEN TABBED TO OVERSEE ALL NCAA VIEWING EVENTS FOR LEGACY SPORTS USA
MESA, Ariz. – Legacy Sports USA announced today an agreement with the Arizona Elite Girls Basketball Club, the longest running girls club basketball program in the state of Arizona, to host all Elite events at Legacy Sports Park in Mesa starting in 2022.
Legacy Sports USA will manage and operate Arizona Elite powered by Legacy Sports USA at the state-of-the-art Legacy Sports Park that features 19 basketball courts and will led by Arizona Elite President Gary Pedersen and Legacy Sports USA Director of Girls Basketball Kayla Travis.
Founded in 1996, Arizona Elite was the first girls club basketball program in the state and remains the longest running. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was created to provide young female student-athletes the necessary basketball, social and leadership skills required to compete at the collegiate level. Pedersen has served as President of Arizona Elite, and during that span 250 female student-athletes have secured college athletic scholarships, five players have gone on to star in the WNBA, and seven Team U.S.A. gold medals have been won by former Arizona Elite players.
“Arizona Elite is the premier girls basketball club in the Southwest, we are excited to have them now join Legacy Sports USA,” said Jeff de Laveaga, COO of Legacy Sports USA. “Gary has done an outstanding job growing the club and helping aspiring basketball players get to the next level, we are confident that this move to Legacy Sports Park will help that growth even more.”
As the official girls basketball club of Legacy Sports Park, Arizona Elite will manage all aspects of girls basketball at the facility. The club will host numerous competitive tournaments throughout the year for its roster that includes 11 teams in six different age groups (17U, 16U, 15U, 13U, 11U, and 10U).
“Coaching the highest-levels of club basketball and helping young student-athletes reach the next level of the game is truly a passion of mine,” Pedersen said. “I view this as a tremendous opportunity to continue that passion and I can’t wait to get started at Legacy Sports Park and continue the growth of Arizona Elite.”
Additionally, Legacy Sports USA has tabbed Pedersen as its Director of NCAA Viewing Events, a position that will have Pedersen oversee all NCAA-certified basketball events (boys and girls divisions) that will allow the attendance of NCAA Division I coaches, with events and showcase tournaments beginning in April 2022.
Legacy Sports Park is a privately owned, 320-acre multi-use family sports and entertainment complex in Mesa, Ariz., currently under construction with plans to officially open to the public in January of 2022. Legacy Sports Park will create more than 1,500 jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in direct economic impact back to the surrounding community, with an expected three million visitors annually. Legacy Sports Park is the vision of Randy J. Miller, Chairman of Legacy Sports USA, Chad J Miller, CEO of Legacy Sports USA, and Olympic Gold Medalist Dan O’Brien, Director of Performance Training at Legacy Sports Park. In addition, Legacy Sports Park also will feature a multi-purpose arena and outdoor amphitheater which Oak View Group will schedule live events, family shows, exhibitions and conventions.
The project will be developed in one single phase constructing outdoor and indoor team athletic
facilities geared to high energy entertainment, sports venues. For more information on Legacy Sports Park, visit www.legacysportsusa.com. For a virtual tour, visit https://www.legacysportsusa.com/virtualtour. Follow @LegacySportsUSA on Facebook and Instagram for additional updates and announcements.