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Road to Rio Stops in OKC for Grand Opening and Central Youth Championships

by Allison Müller, allison@usrowing.org | May 03, 2016
This weekend, the Road to Rio, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance continues its tour with a stop in Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – This weekend, the Road to Rio, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance continues its tour with a stop in Oklahoma City.

RIVERSPORT Rapids, Oklahoma City’s new $45.2 million whitewater rafting andRowers_4da0158f-ac0e-4d0e-be05-1c8ebd6612aa kayaking center, will hold a grand opening celebration May 7-­8. The whitewater center was built in the city’s Boathouse District as part of MAPS 3, a one-­cent sales tax initiative to fund projects that enhance the quality of life for metro area residents.

The grand opening celebration will also include the 2016 USRowing Central Youth Championships on the adjacent Oklahoma River. More than 1,500 youth rowers will compete for regional titles and bid to the USRowing Youth National Championships in June.

“You will never find a better weekend to experience all that the Boathouse District has to offer,” said Mike Knopp, the executive director of the OKC Boathouse Foundation. “You’ll get a taste of what the Olympics in Rio are all about, see the nation’s top whitewater slalom athletes in action, watch rowing on the Oklahoma River and enjoy live music, great food and, of course, fireworks.”

The grand opening event will feature Team USA’s Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. The interactive tour will give fans a chance to experience the spirit of the Olympic Games, try their hand at some of the sports and meet Team USA athletes. Oklahoma City is one of only six stops on Team USA’s nation-­wide tour. On Saturday evening, a live concert will be staged in the whitewater center followed by fireworks.

For more information about the Road to Rio Tour, visit TeamUSA.org/RoadToRio.

Road to…
Launching prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the “Road to…” campaigns have brought the spirit and excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Team USA fans across the country. The Road to London Tour featured four sponsors, while the Road to Sochi Tour, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, grew to 10. The USOC capped the Road to Rio Tour sponsors at seven, with Liberty Mutual Insurance once again presenting, and joined by six associate sponsors and a stage sponsor category. More than 200 Team USA athletes have participated in 43 “Road to…” stops in 35 cities throughout the United States.

About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

About Liberty Mutual Insurance
Liberty Mutual Insurance helps people preserve and protect what they earn, build, own and cherish. Keeping this promise means we are there when our policyholders throughout the world need us most.

In business since 1912 and headquartered in Boston, Mass., today Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified insurer with operations in 30 countries and economies around the world. The company is the fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2015 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 78th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2014 revenue.

Liberty employs more than 50,000 people in approximately 900 offices throughout the world, and offers a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, accident & health, commercial automobile, general liability, property, surety, workers compensation, group disability, group life, specialty lines, reinsurance, and individual life and annuity products.

Liberty Mutual Insurance is the official property and casualty and life insurance partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Official Protection Partner of Team USA Medals for the 2016 Olympic Games and 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 2018 and 2020 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. The company also is the proud sponsor and partner of several national governing bodies, including ASA/USA Softball, USRowing, U.S. Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer, USA Hockey, USA Volleyball, USA Water Polo and USA Wrestling.

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