USA National Sports Tournament – October 2011


Hit the play button on the “workout” mix from your iPod, put on your sporting gear, and smother on some sunscreen. Do you have what it takes to compete with the nations finest Ismaili athletes?

900 people said yes.

This weekend, Texas welcomed the nation’s most talented Ismaili athletes and coaches—both young and old— from all over the country to compete at the 2011 USA National Sports Tournament.

As the official video team for the event, we got to capture the festivities through the lens of our cameras.

During the opening ceremonies on Friday, a crowd of about 4,000 spectators erupted in cheers as the brilliant performers rocked the chilly night away.

Throughout the weekend, participants went head-to-head in flag football, basketball, table tennis, badminton, golf, cricket, softball volleyball, soccer, and even chess.

Athletes will compete for the remaining titles today. Winners will travel to Malaysia to take on players from around the globe.

In the past we have had the honor to film the International Golden Jubilee Games in Kenya in 2008.  Our studio is also very excited to film the next International games to be held in Malaysia this upcoming summer!

It has been an electrifying weekend for us, and we hope the same holds true for the athletes (you can catch images from the weekend on Facebook).

We are working still in the midst of working on a final video presentation that will be shown at the closing ceremonies later this afternoon. In the meantime, check out the video that we uploaded from the opening ceremonies.

2011 NST Opening Ceremony Highlights on Vimeo.

One piece of advice that was shared with the athletes was: “When all is said and done, it’s not the shots that won the championship that you remember, but the friendships you made along the way…The trophies and medals will be stowed away on a shelf and the jerseys will be stashed into the closet, but we hope the experience will last forever.”