When the Peoria Riverfront Museum officially opened its doors Oct. 20, one of the headline attractions of the sprawling museum campus is the Illinois High School Association's Peak Performance Center.
It includes exhibits highlighting the diversity of the nearly 40 sports and activities offered by the IHSA.
The featured exhibits in the IHSA Peak Performance Center, which will change seasonally, allow visitors to try their hands at highly-interactive components, including accessing an IHSA records database, watching clips of actual competitions and viewing high school artifacts from schools all over the state.
"The Peoria Riverfront Museum and IHSA Peak Performance Center are a tremendous benefit to the community," said IHSA executive director Marty Hickman. "We are very proud of the finished product and feel that the IHSA Peak Performance Center reflects the positives of the IHSA mission in a way that will be incredibly entertaining and interactive for visitors."
The Peak Performance Center encompasses more than 4,700 square feet within the museum, where a few of the current attractions include: The Pitching Cage, Basketball Area and Balance Test.
Visitors not looking to break a sweat will still find plenty of challenges, including actual questions from IHSA Scholastic Bowl competitions, making split-second calls on a variety of officiating situations via video screens and music challenges that include identifying pitch, as well as creating their own music.
"Most of our state final events are conducted in the Bloomington and Peoria areas, so we certainly have an affinity for the city and were humbled that they considered a place for us in the museum," added Hickman. "We jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it."
The IHSA currently conducts several state finals events in the Peoria area, including boys basketball, baseball, girls and boys cross country, softball, chess, speech - individual events and scholastic bowl.