NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2020 - The National Scholastic Athletic Foundation's Indoor Nationals will have a new home this winter, thanks to an exciting partnership announced today with the state-of-the-art Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y.
The 2020-21 season's NSAF Indoor Nationals are set for March 11-14, 2021. The meet is expanding to four days for the first time, including a day devoted to Freshman and Middle School events, in addition to the usual Championship and Emerging Elite divisions.
In less than five years, the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex-- led by Park Administrator Lauren Primerano and Director of Special Events Louis Vazquez -- has become one of the premier centers for track & field at all levels. The 135,000 square-foot, $93 million facility -- the first to be World Athletics-certified in the U.S. -- has hosted the 2019 Toyota USATF Championships, four years of the Hershey and USATF National Youth Championships, the New Jersey and New York state championships and several of the nation's largest and most prestigious invitationals, among others.
"We're thrilled to be able to partner with Ocean Breeze to host the 2021 Indoor Nationals," said NSAF Executive Director Jim Spier. "Since 2015, they've made a tremendous contribution to the sport of track & field at all levels with a world-class facility and world-class leadership. It's a privilege to have them joining us for this new beginning."
Ocean Breeze -- which opened in November, 2015 -- was funded by New York City's PlaNYC initiative, with construction managed in coordination with the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC). The elite-level hydraulically-banked competition track can convert from eight to six lanes and incline up to 4.5 feet. You can read more details here.
NSAF Indoor Nationals meet information details, such as registration, entry details, guidelines, meet schedule, accommodations and more will be available in the weeks ahead. The dates of the event may be subject to change depending on the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, possible schedule changes for the New York Indoor State Championships and other factors.
The NSAF was involved with high school indoor national championships since the first Pathmark National Scholastic Classic in 1984 and has owned and operated its own indoor nationals since 1999. The NSAF's meet has also been located in Columbus, Ohio; Landover, Md.; Boston; and, from 2010-19, the NYC Armory; and previous presenting sponsors have included Nike and New Balance. The 2020 meet was cancelled due to the onset of the pandemic. A presenting sponsor for the 2021 NSAF Indoor Nationals will be disclosed in the near future.
CONTACT: Steve Underwood, Director of Media & Public Relations, NSAF
About the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, Inc.
The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) was founded in 1990. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of opening doors to the world for our youth, through athletics, and providing them opportunities to succeed. That includes supporting high school and junior-aged track and field athletes in the US through national high school competitions, including the NSAF Indoor and Outdoor Nationals; The Great American XC Festival and HBCU Challenge; and the American Javfest and Ironwood Throws Classic. It also includes Team NSAF international competition and team-building events in Cuba and Iceland; clinics and event-specific special projects, such as Project Javelin Gold and Project Triple Jump; vigorous grant programs, which enable high school athletes to compete around the country, at USATF Junior Nationals, and internationally; and with program development grants, which are awarded in the winter and fall each year. The NSAF provides approximately $250,000 in grants annually. For more information about the NSAF, please visit NationalScholastic.org.
About Ocean Breeze:
NYC Parks' Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex is a 135,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor track and field facility in Staten Island. The first indoor facility in the United States to be recognized as a certified International Association of Athletics Federations facility, Ocean Breeze has hosted 18 major championships, including five National Championships since opening in 2015. The complex also serves as a community resource, offering recreational and athletic amenities to Staten Islanders.