I like your fall idea. I wonder if it would be possible to do something a little farther-reaching? A single national event on the maps you mention will likely draw participants from east coast, and maybe a few fly-ins. But we've got national team members from clubs across the country. There are a bunch out west, and I bet their club members would be interested in supporting the teams this way, as well. Perhaps we could pick a month and ask clubs to consider donating the proceeds of one of their events to the teams?
(Thanks for the funding update, btw)
25th anniversary of WOC USA is this fall. That should be celebrated.
@cmpbllv - I definitely think that team members/alumni/supporters can and should organize local events. Almost everyone in that group probably directs or course sets for their clubs on a regular basis, but it's a relatively easy sell to offer to direct a local event for a club conditioned on proceeds going to support the teams.
@Hammer - Interesting, I shall ponder. I would love for a national meet at Harriman to happen, but my understanding is that obtaining permission is challenging.
I think I'm remembering the isolation of living on the West Coast. Thriving local clubs, but really hard to get anywhere else!
Yeah, agreed. In terms of our strategy of developing youth, juniors, and elites, I am again reminded of Neil Dobbs' position that everything is local. The reality is that we can't engineer strong orienteering scenes everywhere in the US, and we should focus on getting a few geographically diverse centers up. These would probably be centered around our regional coaches (e.g. Boris, Becks). Cities like Boston, Seattle, DC, Philadelphia, and San Francisco are obvious contenders. Getting a robust, self-sustaining training group of 5+ athletes in each of these locations would be a big step forward.