Sports Council

With partnerships that include three institutions of higher learning and an award winning parks and recreational system, the Tallahassee Sports Council hosts a broad spectrum of sporting events that include international, national, regional and state competitions.


Brian Hickey
Director of Sports
Direct: (850) 606-2313

Amanda Heidecker
Sports Marketing Assistant Director
Direct: (850) 606-2317

Funding Assistance
Sports Council
Venues / Locations
Upcoming Events

The Tallahassee Sports Council is a division of the Leon County Division of Tourism Development (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:  

Visit Tallahasseeallocates funds from its annual budget for a grant program for local groups and organizations that coordinate events with a demonstrated history of or significant potential for attracting visitors to the area.

The Special Event Grant Program is administered by the Leon County Tourist Development Council with recommendations from designated advisory groups including the Special Event Grant Committee, and the Tallahassee Sports Council.  The grant program is designed to encourage overnight visitation to Tallahassee and Leon County.  If you have an event that you would like to relocate to North Florida and Tallahassee, please review the Leon County Special Event Grant Application to see if your event may be eligible for assistance. 

A “Special Event” is defined as a new or existing organized sporting event, concert, and exhibition, festival, fair, conference or celebration conducted according to a prearranged schedule and of interest to the general public.  For the purpose of this grant program, the public interest should extend to both Leon County residents and to those living outside Leon County who would stay overnight to observe or participate. Please note there are two version of the application.


For assistance or questions regarding the sports event grant program, please contact:

Amanda Heidecker - (850) 606-2317
Brian Hickey - – (850) 606-2313

  • SportsGrant Cycle deadlines are in February and July of each year and cover events within the October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015 fiscal year. 


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. Mitch Englert, Capital City Bank

  • Mr. Roger Englert, Donald L. Tucker Center 

  • Mr. Bill Hagen, Raymond James Investment

  • Mrs. Patti Hilaman, League of Cities

  • Mr. Michael Smith, 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, Leon County Sherriff’s Office

  • 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. Ronnie Youngblood, Leon County Schools

  • 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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