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 300 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.

LOCAL ECONOMIC IMPACT

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OUR TEAM

KYRIAKI “KIKI” KAPLANIDOU, THE 2019 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 TWO EMPLOYEES. JOLEEN CACCIATORE MILLER SERVES AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. CACCIATORE MILLER OVERSEES THE ORGANIZATION’S DAILY OPERATIONS WITH ASSISTANCE FROM EVENT MANAGER, EMILY GRISSOM. THE KEYS TO THE SUCCESS OF THE GAINESVILLE SPORTS COMMISSION ARE INTERNS AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA.

KYRIAKI

KYRIAKI "KIKI" KAPLANIDOU

2019 PRESIDENT
JOLEEN CACCIATORE MILLER Photo

JOLEEN CACCIATORE MILLER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
EMILY GRISSOM Photo

EMILY GRISSOM

EVENT MANAGER
TONY SACCARO Photo

TONY SACCARO

VICE PRESIDENT
JAMES D. DIVIRGILIO Photo

JAMES D. DIVIRGILIO

SECRETARY
ADAM ANDERSON Photo

ADAM ANDERSON

TREASURER
MIKE POWELL Photo

MIKE POWELL

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
WESTON GALLOP Photo

WESTON GALLOP

AT-LARGE MEMBER
JEFF MOFFITT Photo

JEFF MOFFITT

AT-LARGE MEMBER
ORI BABER Photo

ORI BABER

BOARD MEMBER
BRUCE CRIBBS Photo

BRUCE CRIBBS

BOARD MEMBER
MARTY DEMPSEY Photo

MARTY DEMPSEY

BOARD MEMBER
BRYAN FLOOD Photo

BRYAN FLOOD

BOARD MEMBER
RON HERNANDEZ Photo

RON HERNANDEZ

BOARD MEMBER
LARRY HOLSEY Photo

LARRY HOLSEY

BOARD MEMBER
MARK MCCLAIN Photo

MARK MCCLAIN

BOARD MEMBER
RICK MCGINNIS Photo

RICK MCGINNIS

BOARD MEMBER
DENNIS PLUNKETT Photo

DENNIS PLUNKETT

BOARD MEMBER
LYNDA REINHART Photo

LYNDA REINHART

BOARD MEMBER
FRANK SAIER Photo

FRANK SAIER

LEGAL COUNSEL / BOARD MEMBER
HARRY SHAW Photo

HARRY SHAW

BOARD MEMBER
ROCHELLE TRYGAR Photo

ROCHELLE TRYGAR

BOARD MEMBER
ALAN WOMACK Photo

ALAN WOMACK

BOARD MEMBER
HELEN GYLLSTROM Photo

HELEN GYLLSTROM

ACCOUNTANT

HIGHLIGHTS

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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

ALACHUA COUNTY Logo
ALACHUA COUNTY'S VISITOR AND CONVENTION BUREAU Logo
BEST WESTERN GATEWAY GRAND Logo
CHAMPIONS PARK OF NEWBERRY, FL Logo
CITY OF GAINESVILLE Logo
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON GAINESVILLE Logo
FLORIDA FOOD SERVICE INC. Logo
HOLIDAY INN - GAINESVILLE UNIVERSITY CENTER Logo
O'CONNELL CENTER Logo