FSF Partner NEWSLETTER July 2020

"Greetings. We are happy to share our third Industry Partner newsletter with you all, and hope all is well with you, your families, and your staffs, and that you are all safe. We are especially excited about the launch of the new Florida Grapefruit League website and the return of our Industry Partner Roundtable series. Again, we appreciate all you do in inviting the world to Come Play in Florida."
President & CEO


In the July 2020 edition of the Florida Sports Foundation's monthly Partnership Newsletter, we will highlight:

  • FSF Roundtable Discussion
  • Sports Trade Shows & Conferences
  • Partner & Rights Holder Spotlights
  • Florida Grapefruit League - Website Redesign
  • Event Spotlight: ProspectWire National Championship
  • Amateur Sports Update (FSG & SSG)
  • Professional Sports Specialty Plates

Industry Partner Virtual Roundtable

Mark your calendars!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET

Featuring Guest Speakers:


If you plan on attending any of these shows or conferences listed below or would like to receive information on how to get involved with any of these events, please connect with Liese Abili or Demetrius Burse of the Florida Sports Foundation staff. Doing so will assist in synchronizing our efforts to assist with these opportunities together.


  • Connect Sports - September 2020 (Orlando, Florida)
  • S.P.O.R.T.S. The Relationship Conference – October 2020 (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • TEAMS 20 – October 2020 (Houston, Texas)


  • Smart Cities – August 2020 (Lausanne)
  • Leaders Week – October 2020 (London)
  • SPORTEL Sports, Media, Tech – October 2020 (Monaco)
  • Host City – December 2020 (Glasgow)

If your staff has any plans on attending or would like to receive information on how to get involved with any of these events, please connect with our staff so we can synchronize our efforts and assist with these opportunities together.


Kissimmee Sports

John Poole, Executive Director jpoole@experiencekissimmee.com

Kissimmee, Florida, is a sporting destination for champions.

The destination is perfectly situated in the center of the state — a 25-minute drive from Orlando International Airport, and a 90-minute drive to either coast. Not to mention, just minutes away from world-famous theme parks and eco-tourism attractions.

With over 65,000 participants, 100,000 spectators, and 230,000 room nights, driven on an annual basis by the Kissimmee Sports Commission, there’s no better place to play, watch, and stay than Kissimmee. Twelve state-of-the-art sports venues and facilities include space for football, baseball, cheerleading, rugby, and everything in between. The average temperature of 72°F makes it comfortable for days on, and off, the field.

Kissimmee is the Vacation Home Capital of the World®, with 50,000 vacation homes included in its 70,000 accommodations. It’s a place for athletes and coaches, and the families and fans who support them.


Experience Florida's Sports Coast

Consuelo Sanchez, Sports Development & Tourism Manager | cbsanchez@FLSportsCoast.com

Stay, Play & Train on Florida’s Sports Coast

Located on the west coast of Central Florida, just 30 minutes away from Tampa International Airport, Florida’s Sports Coast is well known for high- quality amateur sports venues and world-class training facilities. But our pristine playing surfaces, iconic sports complexes and dedicated event support personnel are just the beginning. With our one-of-a-kind adventures and stunning natural beauty, your athletes will discover the perfect place to train, compete and embrace adventure.

We’re famous for our off-the-field activities, and while your athletes are here, they’ll discover countless ways to play in our year-round warm weather. They can tackle an aerial obstacle course at TreeHoppers, try cable wakeboarding at Lift Adventure Park, or enjoy a sunrise takeoff at American Balloons. But no matter what one-of-a-kind adventure they’re looking for, they’ll find it in one of our five beautiful cities.

Known by our “Let’s Play!” philosophy, we’re a popular destination for sports of all kinds. From the 2018 U.S. Women’s Hockey Team training program to elite events like the Torhs 2Hot4Ice National Championships, 2017 Four-Nation Cup, MYHockey Tournaments, Gran Fondo Florida Cycling Race and Savage Race, we’ve hosted it all on our shores.

Our dedicated staff is ready to go the extra mile for you, and we’ll be with you every step of the way, so you know your next sporting event, tournament or high-level training event will be a slam-dunk.

Kick off your next event on Florida’s Sports Coast!


2020 Prospect Wire National Championship

Brian Werner, Vice President & National Tournament Director | Brian@prospectwire.com

In its first year, the ProspectWire National Championships bring teams from around the country to one area for a large scale event. With 90 teams scheduled to play, the event is broken down into six different individual age groups (18U, 17U, 16U, 15U, 14U & 13U) where teams will play a guarantee of four games, with the top teams moving on to a single elimination playoff to crown a National Champion. Below is a link to the individual groups represented in the tournament:

18U: https://prospectwire.com/events/906

17U: https://prospectwire.com/events/918

16U: https://prospectwire.com/events/907

15U: https://prospectwire.com/events/919

14U: https://prospectwire.com/events/908

13U: https://prospectwire.com/events/966

Interest in sponsorship opportunities? Click here.

The updated deadline for awards nominations is TBA. You will receive communication when a new deadline date has been established.


Follow the Florida Grapefruit Leauge on Twitter: @FlaSpringTrain


On July 3, 2020, Major League Baseball returned to the field for it's Spring Training 2.0 in the form of "Summer Camp". All 15 of the Florida Grapefruit League's teams returned to their respective hometown locations and have started to prepare for the 2020 season that will kick off with an "Opening Day" celebration on July 23 and 24 throughout the League. To coincide with the announcement, the Florida Grapefruit League launched its redesigned website:



The 2020 Sunshine State Games (SSG) schedule has the following upcoming events:

  • July 18-19: Baton Twirling & Auxiliary/Dance (Virtual)
  • July 18: Canoe/Kayak Marathon (Parrish)
  • August 1-2: Fencing (Gainesville)
  • August 8-9: Archery (Newberry/Gainesville)
  • August 22: Triathlon (Clearwater Beach)
  • September 18-20: International Beach Games (Clearwater Beach)
  • October 3-4: Pickleball (The Villages)

For the latest updates on these events or for more information about the Sunshine State Games, click here.


The Florida Senior Games presented by Humana are set for December 4-13, 2020, in the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County area. En route to the games, 22 series qualifier events will take place. 12 of those events have concluded in the spring while 10 more remain in the fall. Click here to see the remaining opportunities in communities throughout the Sunshine State.



The Sunshine State Games and Florida Senior Games are always in need of volunteers to assist at the various festivals and championships throughout the year. Your support is always greatly appreciated. If you would like to get involved TODAY, please contact the Florida Senior Games and Sunshine State Games office at 850-577-7200 or games@playinflorida.com.


We love our professional sports teams. And one way to show that love is to buy a specialty license plate for the team or sport of your choice.

But did you know that by buying a Florida sports license plate, you are also supporting youth and amateur athletes, as well? Through grants made possible by the sale of these license plates, young athletes are able to gain the tools and experience they need to perhaps become professional athletes one day … and amateur athletes of all ages are given the opportunity to become more well-rounded individuals.

A portion of each tag fee (between $15-$25, depending upon the specialty plate) goes either to the team’s designated youth charity, is granted by the Florida Sports Foundation to support sporting events across the state, supports the Sunshine State Games and other sports development opportunities. The additional tag fee is tax-deductible.


Contact: Liese Abili | Director of Sports Development | labili@playinflorida.com