I have the privilege of being the tournament director for the 2019 Chicago Open being held up in Channahon, IL on the weekend of November 9th. Being a tournament director is an interesting task because you build a team around you in order to put on a great event. You have to think of everything from table workers, to registration to how many divisions you are running, what time the tournament starts at, what the setup begins and how to get food into the hospitality lounge. It's a challenging task but fun. This year, as tournament director, I wanted to bring something different to the Chicago area and that happens to be Jimmy Pedro's Project 2024. This is his Long Term Athlete Development Program which supports athletes that have their eyes on making the Olympic Team. I had the privilege of attending this clinic back in December and it was nothing short of great. Travis Stevens does an excellent job of going over the finer details of a technique as well coaching kids into performing at their best. There were at least 60 people on the mat. I hope to bring that kind of energy to the Chicagoland area. Wish me luck.
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