"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."
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.