Bringing Champions to Casper

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Proud to Host the Best is a committee of passionate Casper-area residents that formed to support bringing the Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) culminating championships to the community.

Casper, Wyoming has been hosting many of the state high school culminating events for decades. Our community knows high school sports and what it takes to pull off a successful tournament. Our top priority is simple, to give high school athletes the best experience possible while competing in a state tournament.

Casper is proud to host state volleyball, wrestling, marching band, cheer, 1A/2A and 3A/4A basketball and track. It's all hands-on deck when the best of the best come from around the state to compete at a high level at our collegiate and professional venues.

Upcoming Tournament Dates

State Marching Band: October 16, 2021
State Volleyball: November 4-6, 2021
State Spirit: January 28, 2022
State Wrestling: February 25 & 26, 2022
State 1A/2A Basketball: March 3-5, 2022
State 3A/4A Basketball: March 10-12, 2022
State Track: May 19-21, 2022

COMMUNITY IMPACTS

Hosting the high school state tournaments has proven to be a significant economic boost for the Casper economy, while at the same time providing many intangible benefits for participants, supporters, and the community. In 2019, all 7 tournaments combined generated $13.9M in economic impact which includes lodging, food, transportation, recreation, entertainment and more.

VOLUNTEER

There are many opportunities to contribute to the betterment of the state high school tournaments. From set up and tear down to credential checks and assisting in the hospitality room, we have an opportunity for you. Our committee is flexible and able to work with most schedules.

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SPONSORS & SUPPORT

Behind the scenes, Proud to Host the Best raises $250,000 annually to offset the cost of hosting state volleyball, wrestling, marching band, cheer, basketball, and track. We're required to bid every four years [with WHSAA] to keep them here, and the bid process is getting much more competitive. Communities around the state are all vying to host one or more of these tournaments because they bring significant economic impact to the area.

Many generous organizations in the Casper area donate to make sure the tournaments stay here. Our foundational partners ($50,000+) are the Natrona County Recreation Board, the City of Casper, the Economic Development Joint Powers Board and Visit Casper. In addition, dozens of local businesses offer financial or in-kind support. While we've been successful at retaining these events for decades, our work is never done.

Community partnerships are critical in assuring that our student athletes and fans feel welcome. The money raised goes to offset the hard costs incurred annually to maintain the quality of service our participants, officials and fans expect. 100% of sponsorship support goes toward event expenses such as facilities, labor, and hospitality room amenities.

If you're interested in learning more about how we can create a custom sponsorship package, email us here.

Interested in Sponsorship?

Thank you to our partners!

Board of Directors

Jim Ruble

Chair
Manager Sinclair Refinery

Justin Farley

Vice Chair
CEO Advance Casper

Tiffany Funk

Treasurer
Regional Manager JJM Group Hotels

Mark Pepper

Board Member
Board Chair - Economic Development Joint Powers Board

Megan Miller

Board Member
Director of Sales - Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center

Contact Us

Luke Gilliam, Administrator

 

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