FSF Partner NEWSLETTER August 2020

"Greetings. We are happy to share our fourth Industry Partner Newsletter. Thank you for your time and engagement in our first Virtual Roundtable. We look forward to continuing dialogue and the exchange of information through this format and other innovative events and activities. We are continuing to make the Grant Application Portal as convenient as we can, while also adding features that will streamline the Post Event Report process. We also welcome you to connect with our spotlighted industry partners and event rights holder, ABCNA. Please be safe and continue to follow all protocols recommended by the CDC, and your state and local agencies. We appreciate your partnership as we invite the world to Come Play in Florida."
President & CEO


In the August 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
  • Event Spotlight: Asian Basketball Championships of North America (ABCNA)
  • Amateur Sports Update (FSG & SSG)
  • Professional Sports Specialty Plates

Industry Partner Virtual Roundtable

Mark your calendars!

Wednesday, August 27, 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 – October 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.


Destin - Fort Walton Beach

Stacey Young, Community & Media Relations Strategist slyoung@myokaloosa.com

Captivating sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green waters await visitors in Destin-Fort Walton Beach. Located in Northwest Florida, the destination is not only an ideal place to unwind and experience total relaxation beachside, but to tap into the adventurous side within. The family-friendly locale offers an environment of discovery to play and explore, inviting kids to get on the water and give their adventurous side room to grow. Visitors enjoy abundant watersports, pristine beaches, Gulf-to-Table seafood, championship golf, lively nightlife, and numerous attractions, festivals and events designed to thrill all ages.

Destin-Fort Walton Beach has been regarded as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” for decades, and with over 20 types of edible fish available off its shores, and dozens of one-of-a-kind restaurants serving them, it’s easy to see why. Anglers can choose from inshore Gulf Fishing in state waters and offshore Gulf Fishing in federal waters, to the sleepy bayous, and pristine waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Located just ten miles from 100-foot depths, East Pass in Destin offers the speediest access to the Gulf of Mexico in the country, making for less travel time and more. Home to America’s largest fishing fleet, comprised of more than 140 vessels, thousands of pounds of fresh fish are brought in each day.

There are many fishing tournaments to choose from in Destin-Fort Walton Beach with the famed Destin Fishing Rodeo taking place the entirety of October. Dependent on the season, anglers can try their luck in one of the many tournaments such as the Cobia World Championship or the Flounder Pounder Tournament at HarborWalk Marina.


Florida Citrus Sports

Steve Hogan, Chief Executive Officer | shogan@fcsports.com

Florida Citrus Sports is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to increasing community spirit and pride, promoting tourism, stimulating economic development and ultimately benefiting charities, educational institutions and the quality of life in Central Florida through its signature events.

Since our first bowl game in 1947, it is estimated that Florida Citrus Sports has helped thousands of at risk youth in Central Florida through the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation MVPs programs.

Today, Florida Citrus Sports has more than 1,000 members and the organization is still growing.

Our vision is to become the bowl industry leader in generating economic and exposure impact, providing the best customer experience and to establish Orlando as the nation’s premier neutral site/venue for sports events.


Asian Basketball Championships of North America (ABCNA)

ABCNA Tournament Site Director Sandy Yu (left) and Director Mike Mon (right).

The Asian Basketball Championships of North America (ABCNA) was founded in 2015 and has successfully hosted over 25 tournaments throughout the country since its inception. With National Championships, Eastern & Western Regionals, summer shootouts, Pre National Classics, and its renowned Thanksgiving Turkeyball, this highly regarded organization annually produces blocks in excess of 800 room nights, with the National Championships leading the way with about 500 nights consistently.

The ABCNA's market segment is comprised of an excellent tourism demographic, mostly from the Northeast and California. The ABCNA's largest event crowns the National Champions and features between 40-50 teams competing in numerous youth divisions, women's divisions, and multiple men's divisions, ranging from weekend warrior types to Professional level stars.

One unique aspect of this tournament is the ABCNA Pro Day, where talent scouts and agents come in a day early to evaluate prospects in a combine atmosphere. One more highlight that separates this organization from the rest is that our board is comprised of all unpaid volunteers. There is no gate fee, and any revenue generated is put back into grassroots clinics or exposure events that seek to connect their players to Professional contracts. The ABCNA last visited the Sunshine State in 2017, as the National Tournament was held in Fort Lauderdale. The ABCNA is looking forward to a successful return to Florida in upcoming years.

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.



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

  • October 3-4: Pickleball (The Villages)
  • October 10: Bigbore/Smallbore Cowboy Rifle Silhouette (Seminole County Gun Club)
  • November 1: Precision Pistol (Wyoming Antelope Club, Clearwater)
  • November 14: International Style Double Trap (Skyway Trap & Skeet Club, St. Petersburg)
  • November 21: International Style Skeet (Skyway Trap & Skeet Club, St. Petersburg)
  • November 28: International Style Wobble Trap (Skyway Trap & Skeet Club, St. Petersburg)

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. 11 of those events have concluded in the spring while four of the 11 qualifiers remain in the fall. The remaining opportunities in communities throughout the Sunshine State include:

  • Gainesville Senior Games (September 11-20, 2020)
  • Jacksonville Senior Games (September 25-October 3, 2020)
  • Cutler Bay Senior Games (October 19-23, 2020)
  • Golden Age Games (November 6-15, 2020)

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