Sports Tourism

From youth events through high school, collegiate and national championship competitions, the Tallahassee Sports Council builds winning performances through its programs that include assistance with grant funding, logistics, housing, transportation,
venue selection, rallying hundreds of experienced volunteers and marketing. It is a winning difference that makes this Florida's Sports Capital.

Here is a preview of some of the area's sports facilities or for more selections, select the Venues/Locations below.

2017 USATF National Junior Olympic XC Championships Photo Gallery.

Funding Assistance
Sports Tourism
Venues / Locations
Upcoming Events

The Tallahassee Sports Council is a division of the Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) and serves as the official sports marketing and management organization for the Leon County / Tallahassee area.

Our mission is to generate positive economic impact through hosting successful sporting events with our community partner facilities.  The Sports Council markets the community as an ideal destination for sporting events through utilizing the community’s natural and manmade attractions.

Services range from organizing events to awarding grant money, to assisting with logistics, hospitality, housing, funding, transportation, venue selection and public relations.  This degree of involvement is credited, in large part, to the dedication and expertise of Tallahassee Sports Council committee members, hundreds of volunteers and cooperation from local government and private venue operators.

Find your best game in Tallahassee, view calendar for special events.

For more information or to fill out application visit Funding Assistance & Grants.

Visit Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Sports Council have affiliations with several organizations that promote academics, recreational sports, and community involvement. Those organizations include:  

The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) annually funds groups and organizations that coordinate events with a history of or significant potential for attracting visitors to the area who stay overnight and use commercial lodging.

The Special Event Grant Program is administered by the Leon County Tourist Development Council and designated advisory groups including the Special Event Grant Committee and the Tallahassee Sports Council. If you have an event here or interested in relocating an event, review the application and eligibility requirements.

A “special event” is defined as a new or existing, organized sporting event, concert, exhibition, festival, fair, conference or celebration conducted according to a pre-arranged schedule and of interest to the general public. Public interest should extend to both Leon County residents and those living outside the county.

2017-18 grant applications are being accepted May 1 - Aug 7, 2017.
Organizations hosting events that bring overnight visitors to the community from Oct. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2018 are eligible to apply.

Grant Workshops: Learn more about applying for grants and instructions on completing the application attend a workshop June 14 or July 19 from 3-5 PM at the Downtown Library, 200 West Park Avenue.

2017-18 Grant Application

2016-17 Post Event Report

For assistance or questions regarding the grant program, contact:


Assists with transporting meeting/conference attendees from area hotels to local public venues.

For assistance or questions regarding the Transportation grant program, please contact Janet Roach – (850) 606-2320.

The Tallahassee Sports Council focuses on the economic benefits of visitor-generating events that support sports tourism for the betterment of the Tallahassee-Leon County community.

It provides a fact-finding source of community input and technical resources in developing sports tourism-related matters for the Tourist Development Council. Additionally, the Tallahassee Sports Council has the responsibility of providing essential information to the Tourist Development Council regarding potential events, dates/date conflicts and venue availability of proposed sporting events in Leon County.

Leon County Citizens Advisory Committee (Tallahassee Sports Council)

  • Mrs. Leslie Smith, Tallahassee Democrat

  • Mr. Ricky Bell, Leon County Schools

  • Mr. Jeb Blackburn, Florida College System Activities Association

  • Mr. Ron Brafford, Summit Group

  • Mr. Robert Carrol, Florida A&M University Campus Recreation

  • Mr. Rob Chaney, Tallahassee Community College

  • Mr. Mike Collins, Florida State University Campus Recreation

  • Mrs. Ashley Edwards, Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs

  • Mrs. Leigh Davis, Leon County Parks & Recreation

  • Mr. Roger Englert, Donald L. Tucker Center 

  • Mr. Bill Hagen, Raymond James Investment

  • Mr. Rocky Hanna, Leon County Schools

  • Mr. John Gladden, Leon County Sherriff's Office

  • Mr. Milton Overton, Florida A & M University

  • Mr. Nick Maddox, Leon County Board of County Commissioners

  • Mr. Bill Montford, Florida Association of District School Superintendents

  • Mr. Tim Randolph

  • Mr. Randy Trousdell, Retired

  • Mr. Jim Watson, Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

  • Mr. Bernie Waxman, Florida State University Department of Athletics

  • Mr. Kip West, Elite Sporting Goods

  • Mr. Andrew Wilcox, Wilcox & Hacket

  • Mr. Chuck Davis, Gulf Winds Track Club

Thanks to investments by institutions of higher learning and local governments, the Tallahassee area offers one of the Southeast’s most impressive collections of venues tailored for international, national and state competition. The community’s vast network of sports-minded volunteers complements these facilities, creating a welcoming and logistically efficient environment for events of all types.

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