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FSF Partner NEWSLETTER May 2020

"Greetings Industry Partners. We hope that each of you are well and staying safe. We are excited to launch this newsletter and look forward to communicating Foundation updates to you each month. We truly appreciate your continued partnership and are here to connect with you. Do not hesitate to reach out to the team as we continue to promote Florida: where the world comes to play."
President & CEO

WELCOME!

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

  • Grant Application and Processes
  • Sports Trade Shows & Conferences
  • Partner & Event Spotlights
  • Amateur Sports (FSG & SSG)
  • FSF Staff Updates

GRANTS: THE PROCESS

GRANTS

Processing changes: the sports development team, including Liese Abili and Demetrius Burse, will now oversee the grant process. These tasks include serving as the point of contact for questions, receiving applications, and processing PER's.

The fourth quarter (2019-2020) grant application deadline was moved from April 10 to June 1.

All previously granted events that were cancelled have been voided accordingly.

Previously granted events that have been postponed need not take action; the grant still applies.

Grant check payments may experience a delay as our staff is currently teleworking outside of our Tallahassee office.

TRADE SHOWS

POSTPONED

The International Sports Conversation (ISC) in London, which the Florida Sports Foundation has a partnership with, has been postponed to June 8-9, 2021. The Foundation will review its partnership opportunities for 2021.

UPCOMING EVENTS

DOMESTIC: Sports ETA, Connect Sports, S.P.O.R.T.S., and TEAMS

INTERNATIONAL: Leaders, Host City, Sportel and Smart Cities

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.

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT:

BRADENTON AREA SPORTS COMMISSION

Sean Walter, Director of Sports sean.walter@bacvb.com

Welcome to the Bradenton Area, where we support a variety of sports while offering the finest facilities that have been the perennial favorite for amateur, collegiate and professional athletes, teams and coaches for years. Our backdrop of beautiful islands, white-sand beaches and warm weather is the perfect destination to host your next sporting event.

This paradise is also a playground. From island to mainland, there's always something new and exciting to discover; artistic communities and cultural events, family fun, adrenaline-packed adventure, historic outposts, or simply a beautiful sugar-white sand beach to sink your toes into. The Bradenton Area offers a choice of every type of lodging from luxury beachside resorts and condos to budget-friendly hotels.

We assist every client with sponsorship funding, marketing, PR and social media coverage, coordination with accommodations, team meals, awards banquets and more. We are home to the world-renown IMG Academy, Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training facilities, Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, and state-of-the-art Premier Sports Campus, to name a few.

We’ve got what it takes to become your destination of choice for your sporting event, tournament or high-level training.

Let us help you get the game on!

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT:

COLUMBIA COUNTY SPORTS COMMISSION

Alden Rosner, Sports Marketing Director arosner@columbiacountyfla.com

Conveniently located at the intersection of interstates 10 and 75 in the heart of Natural North Florida, Lake City is Florida’s friendliest sports town.

Lake City and its natural beauty and outdoor activities attract visitors year-round. This pristine part of Florida is a natural theme park for outdoor enthusiasts, festival goers, music lovers or those who simply want to spend a little time in a quiet, tranquil setting. The region is famous for its crystal-clear freshwater springs, rocking music festivals, history, culture, paddling, and biking.

The award-winning Southside Sports Complex, featuring 25 baseball and softball diamonds and five multipurpose fields, is located within two miles of 2,000 quality and moderately priced hotel rooms. Additionally, there are numerous private campgrounds and State Parks in the area with accommodations for campers and recreational vehicles.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN FLORIDA

#TAMPABAYLV

SUPER BOWL LV

TAMPA BAY: FEBRUARY 7, 2021

In just 10 short months, the Tampa Bay community will come together to host its fifth Super Bowl on February 7, 2021. This international spectacle is an incredible opportunity to show just how far our community has come since the last time we hosted the Super Bowl in 2009 as well as where we are going. Super Bowl LV will be an end cap on a 10-day span of ancillary events, activations, community initiatives and entertainment for both locals and visitors to see all that the Tampa Bay region has to offer.

SOCIAL QB DRAFT

The pick is in! And the Florida Sports Foundation has been selected to Team Forever as a part of the #TampaBayLV Social QB program! Follow along for updates and highlights on our region’s journey and hosting effort leading up to the Bay area’s fifth Super Bowl!

AMATEUR SPORTS

SUNSHINE STATE GAMES & FLORIDA SENIOR GAMES

The 2020 Sunshine State Games (SSG) schedule has canceled the following events amid the COVID-19 concerns:

  • March 14: Baton Twirling (Tallahassee)
  • March 14-15: Pickleball (The Villages)
  • March 28: Ninja Challenge (Pensacola)
  • March 28-29: Soccer (Tallahassee)
  • March 28-29: Volleyball (Orlando)
  • April 24-26: Taekwondo (Winter Haven)
  • May 10: Artistic Roller Skating (Casselberry)
  • May 15-17: Figure Skating (Wesley Chapel)
  • May 30: Powerlifting (Bradenton)
  • June 6: BMX (Sarasota)
  • June 6: Canoe/Kayak - Sprint (Sarasota)
  • June 6: Rowing (Sarasota)
  • June 6-7: Table Tennis (Lakeland)
  • June 13-14: Archery (Gainesville)
  • June 26-28: Water Polo (Coral Springs

For the latest updates on rescheduling these events post-pandemic or for more information at the Sunshine State Games, click here.

The Florida Senior Games presented by Humana are set for December 4-13, 2020, in 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.

BID FOR SUNSHINE STATE GAMES 2021-23

The deadline for submitting the RFP bid package for the 2021-2023 Sunshine State Games has been extended to May 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

VOLUNTEER TODAY!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

FSF STAFF STACK

The Foundation would like to introduce two new team members and a new role.

LaToya Smithwick | Executive Assistant to President & CEO
Angie Moyer | Director of Accounting
Demetrius Burse | Sports Development Manager

TAG IT TODAY!

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.

STAY CONNECTED!

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