FOUNDED IN 1988, THE GAINESVILLE SPORTS COMMISSION (GSC) IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT STRIVES TO PROMOTE TOURISM THROUGH SPORTS WHILE CREATING A POSITIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON GAINESVILLE AND ALACHUA COUNTY.



The Gainesville Sports Commission is a liaison that brings sporting events to our local community and assists with hosting, creating and supporting over 45 events annually. Since its inception, Gainesville Sports Commission has directly contributed more than 200 million dollars of economic growth. By bringing participants and spectators to sporting events, Gainesville Sports Commission creates approximately 20 million dollars annually of direct economic impact for our community.

2018 Local Economic Impact

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OUR TEAM

Blake Farrell, the 2018 Gainesville Sports Commission President, leads the twenty-five-member Gainesville Sports Commission board of trustees. The Board comes from a broad cross section of Alachua County citizens. Trustees are area business people and others with an interest in sports and economic development.

Along with the Board of Trustees, the Gainesville Sports Commission has a staff of three employees. Joleen Cacciatore serves as the Executive Director. Cacciatore oversees the organization's daily operations with assistance from Event Manager, Kevin Houseknecht and Event Coordinator, Emily Grissom. The keys to the success of the Gainesville Sports Commission are interns and practical experience students from the University of Florida.

Blake Farrell

Blake Farrell

2018 President
Joleen Cacciatore

Joleen Cacciatore

Executive Director
Kevin Houseknecht

Kevin Houseknecht

Events Manager
Emily Grissom

Emily Grissom

Events Coordinator
Kyriaki Kiki Kaplanidou

Kyriaki "Kiki" Kaplanidou

Vice President
James D. DiVirgilio

James D. DiVirgilio

Treasurer
Tony Saccaro

Tony Saccaro

Secretary
Mike Powell

Mike Powell

Immediate Past President
Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson

"At Large" Board Member
Laurin Robinson

Laurin Robinson

"At Large" Board Member
Bruce Cribbs

Bruce Cribbs

Board Member
Marty Dempsey

Marty Dempsey

Board Member
Bryan Flood

Bryan Flood

Board Member
Weston Gallop

Weston Gallop

Board Member
Helen Gyllstrom

Helen Gyllstrom

Accountant
Larry Holsey

Larry Holsey

Board Member
John Ives

John Ives

Board Member
Chad King

Chad King

Board Member
Mark McClain

Mark McClain

Board Member
Jeff Moffitt

Jeff Moffitt

Board Member
Dennis Plunkett

Dennis Plunkett

Board Member
Lynda Reinhart

Lynda Reinhart

Board Member
Frank Saier

Frank Saier

Legal Counsel / Board Member
Alan Womack

Alan Womack

Board Member

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Gainesville Sports Commission is here to help make your event experience exceptional.

We can help you with the following

  • Assemble Bid Team
  • Assemble Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
  • Bid Preparation Assistance
  • Connections to Community
  • Create Sports-Related Events and Attractions
  • Event Management
  • Facility and Site Selection
  • Fundraising Assistance¬†for LOC
  • Government Relations
  • Host Site Inspections
  • Hotels: secure rates & manage reservations
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Media Relations
  • Presentation of Bids
  • Public Relations
  • Recruitment of Volunteers
  • Research Events Open to Bid
  • Review Requests for Proposals
  • Sports Information Resource Center
  • Sports-Related Business Relocations
  • Supervise Aspects of Event Preparation
  • Supervise Work of LOC
  • TV Production
  • Vendor / Supplier Referrals
  • Venue Selection
  • Visitor Information and Welcome Packets

Thank You To Our Champion Partners

Florida Food Service Inc.
O'Connell Center
Holiday Inn - Gainesville University Center
DoubleTree by Hilton Gainesville
Alachua County's Visitor and Convention Bureau
Champions Park of Newberry, FL
Best Western Gateway Grand
City of Gainesville
Alachua County