Welcome to the November publication of the Florida Sports Foundation's Monthly Newsletter. In this month's edition, we will highlight:

  • Brand expansion: Come Play in Florida
  • Florida Senior Games presented by Humana: Athlete Spotlight
  • 2020 Governor's Baseball Dinner
  • Florida Golf Guide
  • Upcoming events and more!

The Florida Sports Foundation has launched a new URL, PlayInFlorida.com. Take a moment and check it out!

We made the change to support the state’s effort in bringing events from about the world to and retaining them in the Sunshine State.

Nineteen FSF Granted Events in November bring approximately 68,153 Out of State Visitors and $69.6 Million Economic Impact to Florida


During the month of November 2019, the Florida Sports Foundation, a Division of Enterprise Florida, Inc., proudly supports the following 19 events, projected to bring approximately 68,153 out-of-state visitors and $69.6 million in economic impact to the state, through its quarterly grant program.

Pictured here is action from the 2018 NCAA Division I South Regional Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee. This event has partnered with the Tallahassee Sports Council and will take place November 14, 2019 at Apalachee Regional Park.

Athlete Spotlight: Ginger Barbacovey

Driving a UPS truck for 31 years has prepared Ginger Barbacovey, pictured on the right, for the long drive from her home in Cantonment, just north of Pensacola, to the 2019 Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana, in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, for the bowling competition on December 7-8.

“I’m retired now, and I can go where I want and do what I want,” she said. “I’ve been bowling in Pensacola for the last 30 years, and it’s one my favorite things to do now, besides playing pickleball. I bowl in three leagues.

Barbacovey’s experience showed at the 2018 Florida Senior Games in Clearwater where she won the women’s doubles gold medal in the 60-64 age group with Theda Hicks, from Pace. In her inaugural appearance at the Games, Barbacovey also won the silver medal in women’s singles and had a fourth-place finish in mixed doubles with Lawrence Draeger, of Pensacola.

As one season came to a close this week with the Washington Nationals capturing the 2019 World Series championship, we now begin to shift gears towards the 2020 season with the Governor's Baseball Dinner in North Port on February 16, 2020!

Be on the lookout for the Save the Date in the near future! For more information on the 2020 Governor's Baseball Dinner, please contact Jacqueline Hightower at jhightower@playinflorida.com.

Hot off the Press: Florida Golf Guide

Florida remains the #1 destination for golf, accounting for 12% of the United States’ golf economy, with its more than 1,100 golf courses. In the Sunshine State, golf accounts for more than $16.5 billion and 170,000 total jobs and $764 million in revenues flowing to state and local governments. The Florida Golf Guide, the State of Florida’s official golf directory and vacation guide, includes a comprehensive list of Florida golf courses by region, golf editorials and golf vacation information.



Four of the Sunshine State Games Sport Shooting Events take place in November.

11/2/19: International Style Double Trap at the Skyway Trap & Skeet.

11/9/19: International Style Trap at the Skyway Trap & Skeet.

11/30/19: USPSA at the Volusia Hunt & Gun Club.

11/30/19: Bullseye at the Hernando Sportsman's Club.


Located in Vero Beach, Fla., the 2019 SSG Lacrosse Fall Classic will take place November 2-3.


The 2019 Florida Senior Games presented by Humana is an Olympic-style competition for athletes age 50 and over. In its 28th year, the Florida Senior Games presented by Humana is a program of the Florida Sports Foundation that serves as the state's lead organization in promoting and developing Florida’s sports industry and tourism opportunities.

COMPETITION DATES: Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 15, 2019.

LOCATIONS: Competition for 24 sports and events will be held at 16 different sites throughout The Greater Fort Lauderdale Area.

EXPECTED TO COMPETE: Approximately 2,500 senior athletes are expected to compete in the 2019 Florida Senior Games. At the 2018 Florida Senior Games, athletes from 47 of the 50 United States and seven other countries, including Barbados, Canada, Cayman Islands, Netherlands, Slovakia, United Kingdom, US Minor Islands competed.

ECONOMIC IMPACT: Since the 1999 Sunshine State Games and the Florida Senior Games State Championships transition to the Florida Sports Foundation, amateur sports opportunities have been provided for more than 500,000 athletes of all ages through the annual Olympic-style Sports Festivals. The in-state Amateur Sports programs provide almost $10 million annually in economic impact to more than 30 local communities.


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 1-866-354-2637 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 license) goes either to your team’s designated youth charity, is given out in grants by the Florida Sports Foundation to support sporting events across the state, and helps support the Sunshine State Games and other sports development opportunities. Better news for you is that this extra tag fee is tax deductible!

Looking to give back and contribute to the amazing things the Florida Sports Foundation is working on daily? Here's your opportunity to impact the community and join the cause!


Contact: Jason Hendrix | Dir. of Communications | jhendrix@playinflorida.com