FSF Partner NEWSLETTER November 2020

"Your active participation and push to continue to land events in the Sunshine State is a valuable motivation to the Florida Sports Foundation. Being able to collaborate with stakeholders within the state to keep events here in Florida continues to show the level of our growth as a group. Join our next Round Table discussion this month to hear about the opportunities available from Sunshine State Games and Florida Senior Games. I also invite you to join some highlighted International Virtual Sports conferences, taking place in December, to seek new opportunities with potential overseas partnerships."
Director of Sports Development


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

  • FSF Roundtable Discussion - Guest Speakers: Jamal Sowell, Matt Guse, & Skip Gilbert
  • Sports Trade Shows & Conferences
  • Partner & Rights Holder Spotlights
  • Amateur Sports Update (FSG & SSG)
  • Professional Sports Specialty Plates

Industry Partner Virtual Roundtable

Mark your calendars!

Monday, November 30, 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.


  • International Sports Convention Virtual Week (December 7-11, 2020)
  • Host City – December 8-9, 2020 (Virtual)

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.


Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Jose Sotolongo, Director, Sports & Entertainment Tourism | jsotolongo@gmcvb.com | Phone: 305-539-2973
Mathew Ratner, Associate Director, Sports & Entertainment Tourism | mratner@gmcvb.com | Phone: 305-539-2973

Greater Miami and the Beaches is a sporting paradise. With amazing venues, perfect weather, beautiful beaches, intriguing neighborhoods and plenty of places to get outside and enjoy nature, the reasons to hold an event in Miami are endless. Here are just a few.

WEATHER: With an annual average high temperature of 83˚ Fahrenheit (69˚ Celsius), Miami can host outdoor sporting events 365 days a year.

CORPORATE SUPPORT: As an international business center, Miami is home to major corporations that can support and sponsor events.

EASY ACCESS: Miami International Airport is located right in the middle of Miami, offering direct connections from cities around the world.

COLLEGIATE SPORTS: Miami is the longtime home of the Orange Bowl college football game. It's also home to six colleges and universities.

GOLF: With 19 public and resort golf courses, it's always easy to schedule a tee time in Miami.

PRO SPORTS: Major sports are well represented in Miami, with the Miami Dolphins, Miami HEAT, Miami Marlins, the Miami Open tennis tournament and NASCAR events at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

BEACHES: With 22 miles of beaches, Miami offers plenty of spaces to stretch out on the sand and take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

PARKS: Miami has 49 parks with facilities to host sports and entertainment events. Hundreds of smaller parks are spread throughout the destination, providing plenty of green space. Three state parks, two national parks and one nearby national preserve offer even more opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature.

DIVING, BOATING & WATER SPORTS: An extensive artificial reef program offers amazing diving opportunities right off the coast. For those who prefer to stay above the water, Biscayne Bay hosts world-class sailing regattas.

CRUISE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD™: PortMiami welcomes more cruise vacationers than any other port in the world.

MAJOR EVENTS: Miami is a major event destination, with the infrastructure to handle events large and small. It has hosted more Super Bowls (11) than any other city.

CONVENTION CENTERS: Five convention centers and countless attractions, museums, nightclubs and private spaces are available to host any event.

DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOODS: Greater Miami and the Beaches consists of a fabric of unique neighborhoods. From bustling Downtown Miami/Brickell and the Art Deco majesty of Miami Beach, to multicultural neighborhoods like Little Havana, Historic Overtown and Little Haiti, there's a new area to explore every day.

HOTELS: Miami has nearly 500 hotels at every size and price point, with a total of approximately 60,000 rooms.

The GMCVB Sports & Entertainment Tourism Department is here to attract, promote and retain sporting events, conferences, conventions and film and television productions for Miami-Dade County. As the premier destination for sporting events, leisure and entertainment, our goal is to foster positive growth and economic development for the local community through increased visitor stays and a more frequent visitor return rate. Additionally, we work directly with local governmental agencies to promote the community’s opportunities for incentivizing production companies to film in Miami-Dade.



Randy Sparks | CEO, rsparks@teamip.com
Blaine Isbell | Vice President, Corporate Division, bisbell@teamip.com


Team IP is recognized as the # 1 Souvenir Merchandiser for amateur sports in the United States, servicing over 1,700 events annually and is a five-time recipient of the INC 500/5000 Award presented to the fastest-growing companies in the US. Team IP provides decorated apparel and branded promotional products for its three divisions; championship events, digital services, and corporate identity programs.


Team IP is made up of a diverse group of experienced and enthusiastic individuals ready to serve your needs and answer any questions about current or future orders. Our goal is to increase customer satisfaction through building a strong customer experience. Please let us know how we’re doing - "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work."


Founded in 1992 by CEO Randy Sparks in Rio, Florida, the company changed gears in 2008 by fulfilling orders through local and regional decorators or manufacturers, saving customers money and enhancing on time delivery. At that time, Team IP established the company’s three divisions Events, Digital and Corporate offering high quality, turn key solutions satisfying customers for 25 years and beyond.


Team IP is proud of our 25 plus years of “award winning” customer satisfaction from each of our three divisions – Events, Digital and Corporate. We’re privileged to serve a diverse client base reaching across the amateur sports industry from youth sports to NCAA College Bowl Games and work with leading corporate partners across the globe.



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

** Please note that all events, dates and locations are subject to change. **


On November 10, 2020, the image above, taken by the talented Greg Wagner, was named the National Congress of State Games' Professional Award Winner in the Best Photo Category for 2020! The photo was taken at the Sunshine State Games International Beach Games competition in Clearwater, Fla., which is held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Congratulations to the Sunshine State Games team on this national recognition and to Greg for capturing the image. See more images from the Sunshine State Games by clicking here.



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