Sports

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.

Contact:

Amanda Heidecker
Director of Sports
Direct: (850) 606-2317
Amanda.Heidecker@VisitTallahassee.com

Joseph Piotrowski
Assistant Director of Sports
Direct: (850) 606-2313
Joseph.Piotrowski@VisitTallahassee.com

About
Grants
Sports Council
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:  

2019-20 Sports grant applications being accepted from May 14, 2019 through July 19, 2019.

Organizations hosting events that bring overnight visitors to the community from Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020 are eligible to apply. Learn more about the Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) grant programs, the online application process and marketing resources available at one of the following GRANTS WORKSHOPSMay 7June 11 and July 9. All workshops will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Downtown Public Library (200 W. Park Avenue).

Grant Applications

Post Event Report

  • Sports Grant Policies (pdf)
  • Special Event Grant Policies (pdf)
  • Signature Event Policies (pdf)
  • Visitor Tracking Form (pdf)
  • Visitor Tracking Survey (pdf)
  • Event Marketing/Promotional Tool Kit (pdf)
  • Grant checklist (pdf
  • Logos for Grant Applicants

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 in commercial lodging.

The Sports Event Grant Program is administered by the Leon County Tourist Development Council and designated advisory groups, including the Tallahassee Sports Council.

For questions regarding Grants, contact: Terri Messler, Terri.Messler@VisitTallahassee.com or 850-606-2331. 

For additional assistance or Sports specific needs, contact:

Amanda Heidecker, Director of Sports
Amanda.Heidecker@VisitTallahassee.com 
(850) 606-2317

Joseph Piotrowski, Assistant Director of Sports
Joseph.Piotrowski@VisitTallahassee.com
(850) 606-2313

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):

  • Mr. Bill Dillon, Gunter Law Firm 

  • Mr. Ricky Bell, Leon County Schools

  • Mr. Jeb Blackburn, Florida Community College 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

  • Dr. John Eason, Florida A&M University 

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

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

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

  • Dr. Jason Pappas, Florida State University
  • Mr. Rocky Hanna, Leon County Schools
  • James Card, Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association

  • Austin Moser, Florida Dental Association

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

  • Mrs. Judy Alexander, 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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