Come to Central New York


I suppose it might be good to write this piece a couple of days after watching the Syracuse University men's basketball team beat archrival University of Connecticut in front of more than 32,000 fans at the Carrier Dome! That's right - more than 32,000 made their way to the Dome despite an average temperature that day of only 13°F and the better part of three feet of snow on the ground!

Being a pretty rabid Syracuse University sports fan, I could go on, and on, and . . . . . , well, you get the picture.

However, there's so much more than just Syracuse University when it comes to sports here in Central New York.

LeMoyne College is a traditional baseball and lacrosse powerhouse, Onondaga Community College has won national junior college basketball and lacrosse championships, SUNY-Cortland has recently won the NCAA Division III national lacrosse championship, and let's not forget that Cornell and Colgate universities field consistently strong football, basketball, lacrosse and hockey programs, too. And, this doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of all of the outstanding women's programs throughout the region!

Meanwhile, if you enjoy professional baseball Syracuse is home to the Chiefs, the Toronto Blue Jay's AAA affiliate. And, within an hour's drive are several Single A baseball clubs, too.

Syracuse is also home to the Crunch, the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League affiliate.

With so many college and professional sports programs in the region, it should be no surprise that there are countless well-organized youth sports programs throughout the region, a number which have produced athletes that have gone on to compete successfully on the national, international and professional levels. 

And, for those of us that are more "mature," there are an unlimited number of opportunities for us to participate in our favorite sports events - even if it's simply visiting one of the many national sports Hall of Fames within a couple of hours of Syracuse!

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