ORLANDO (October 13, 2016) – The Central Florida Sports Commission, PFX Athletics and Lake County Economic Development and Tourism are partnering to bring the 2017 & 2018 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Softball World Series in Clermont, FL. The 2017 World Series will begin play on May 26 and run through June 1, while the 2018 event will be held May 25-31.
“In partnership with Lake County Economic Development and Tourism and PFX Athletics we are pleased to welcome the NAIA World Series to Clermont in 2017 and 2018,” said Jason Siegel, Interim President & CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “We look forward to hosting their coaches, student-athletes and staff from around the nation and ensure that they have a tremendous experience.”
219 NAIA institutions currently sponsor softball as a varsity sport, however, only a small number of teams will make it to Clermont as the World Series is a 10-team double-elimination format event.
“The NAIA is very excited to bring our Softball World Series to the Sunshine State and the beautiful city of Clermont,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “We are thrilled to be partnering with PFX Athletics, Lake County Economic and Tourism and Central Florida Sports Commission to host this top-notch event for our student-coaches, fans and central Florida community.”
This will be the first time the event has been held in Clermont, specifically at Legends Way Ball Fields. This complex is considered a premier fast-pitch venue within the Southeast and is operated by PFX Athletics. The complex holds five regulation fast-pitch softball fields, including one stadium, as well as five fast-pitch batting cages.
“We are very excited to be hosting the NAIA World Series at Legends Way Ballfields in 2017 and 2018. It has been a pleasure to work with the NAIA National Office as well as the many NAIA teams who have attended our events in past years and we are looking forward to honoring these teams at the event that will determine the National Champion for NAIA softball," said Alison Strange, President of PFX Athletics.
For more information contact Nicole Wright at 407-515-6552 or Nwright@centralfloridasports.org.
ABOUT PFX ATHLETICS:
PFX Athletics is an organization in Clermont that was founded by Dot Richardson in 1996. The organization prides itself on helping girls and women have the chance to make their athletic dreams come true. PFX started as an athletic training organization, and has grown into a non-profit portion of the Pro-Fastpitch X-treme Tour. In 2014, PFX Athletics was selected to manage the Legends Way Ball Fields by hosting and promoting local, state, national and international softball events.
ABOUT THE CENTRAL FLORIDA SPORTS COMMISSION:
The Central Florida Sports Commission pursues marquee and amateur sports events for Central Florida that drive visitors to our region. The Sports Commission represents the City of Orlando as well as Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. In 2015, the Sports Commission’s event calendar featured 77 events that drove more than 234,000 visitors, 196,000 room nights and $131 million in economic impact to the Central Florida region. Anchored by marquee events The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship and the Copa America Centenario, the Central Florida Sports Commission is projecting to drive nearly 300,000 visitors and $135 million in economic impact in 2016.
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ORLANDO (July 18, 2014) – The Central Florida Sports Commission (CFSC) announced today that Nicole Wright will join the team as the Manager, Business Development and Events. Within this role, Ms. Wright will work to bring new events to and grow sports tourism in Lake County.
Ms. Wright brings a rich experience in the field, most recently with the Championships and Alliance Department for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Prior to the NCAA, she attended Miami University (OH) and worked in the Athletic Department under Ticketing and Operations.
“We are excited to have Nicole join our high performance team. Her sports background, particularly her experience with the Championships and Alliance Department, will be a tremendous asset as we continue to focus on bringing high-caliber sporting events that drive incremental visitation and economic impact to Lake County,” said John Bisignano, President & CEO of the CFSC.
About the Central Florida Sports Commission
The Central Florida Sports Commission strategically solicits, creates and supports marquee sports-related events and businesses that enhance our community’s economy. The Sports Commission represents the counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia, as well as the City of Orlando.
ORLANDO (May 6, 2014) - The Central Florida Sports Commission, Oglethorpe University and Lake County will host the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships at Mission Inn Resort & Club May 13th – 16th, 2014. Returning to Mission Inn’s El Campeon course for the 5th time, the Championship will feature 21 teams and 6 individuals traveling to Lake County to compete for an NCAA title.
“This tournament marks the 18th consecutive year the Sports Commission has hosted a NCAA Golf Championship in Lake County” said John Bisignano, President of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “We look forward to working with the NCAA, Oglethorpe University, Lake County and Mission Inn Resort & Club to ensure the success of this prestigious event in our community, as we serve our mission to drive economic development through sports.”
The Championship is projected to attract spectators and families from across the United States and all surrounding Central Florida counties, bringing valuable revenue to the hotels, restaurants, and attractions of Lake County. The initial estimates project that the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship will generate an estimated 444 room nights and approximately $440,000 in economic impact for the county.
"Lake County is thrilled to once again host the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship” said Adam Ashton, Lake County Sports Development Coordinator. “The Mission Inn is a fabulous location which is why the NCAA continues to host their regional and national championships here year after year. These events have a tremendous economic impact on the area and really showcase Lake County as a premiere golf destination."
“Division III Women’s Golf is excited about returning to Mission Inn Resort for the 2014 Championship” said Darla Kirby, Chair of the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf committee. “The Central Florida Sports Commission, Oglethorpe University and the Mission Inn Resort staff are exceptional hosts and do everything possible to create an incredible experience for the student-athletes.”
Tee times will begin at 7:45 am each morning and admission is free. For more information about the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships visit http://www.ncaa.com/sports/golf-women/d3 contact David Broussard at 407-515-6552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the 4th consecutive year the Horizon League made the trip to Lake County and Mission Inn Resort and Club for their Men’s & Women’s Golf Championship, April 24-27.. A total of 14 teams travelled to Lake County for this tournament, seven on the men’s side and seven on the women’s. Cleveland State took home the men’s championship and Detroit was victorious on the women’s side. We are still working to finalize the economic impact data, but our projections indicate this event attracted more than 200participants and spectators, generating over 350 room nights and nearly $200,000 in economic impact for Lake County.
Lake County is one step closer to becoming the premier site in the southeast for beach volleyball. County Commissioners unanimously approved a plan to build a 20-court sand volleyball complex on top of what is currently a retention pond at Hickory Point Recreational Facility in Tavares. The county agreed to enter into a privatization partnership with the Florida Region of USA Volleyball to hold regional and national volleyball events at the facility. With more than 12,500 members, the Florida Region of USA Volleyball is one of 40 regional volleyball associations under the umbrella of USA Volleyball, which oversees outdoor and indoor volleyball. The complex will enable the organization, in partnership with the county and the Sports Commission, to host tournaments, leagues, camps and clinics year round, with a goal to host at least 12 events a year. The proposed calendar of events will enable the complex to bring in and estimated $5.5 million in economic impact to the county over a five-year period.
A host of Lake County facilities recently welcomed in the Florida High School Athletic Association for the FHSAA Golf Finals. 2013 marked the 3rd consecutive year the golf finals have been hosted in Lake County and the first year the FHSAA added a 3rd class to the tournament. On October 29-30 the Class 1A and 2A Boys and Girls were played at a combination of 3 courses, Mission Inn Resort and Club, Harbor Hills Country Club and Deer Island Country Club. On November 5-6 the Class 3A Boys and Girls were played at Mission Inn. The event was an overall success and brought in over 2,000 participants/coaches/spectators to the county, totaling $771,000 in economic impact and over 1,000 room nights.
The NCAA recently opened up most of their championships for bid through 2018. Lake County has a long standing tradition of hosting NCAA National Championships. When Mission Inn hosts the 2014 and 2015 Women's Division III Golf Championship; it will mark the 18th and 19th consecutive year a NCAA event has been hosted in Lake County. With the new bid process in place, we are working hard to continue that tradition. In partnership with the Mission Inn Resort and Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department, we are planning to bid on the following:
We were excited to welcome back our friends from the Florida Rugby Union, as they hosted the All Rugby Day at Hickory Point Soccer Complex October 19-20. This marked the 7th consecutive year we have hosted the event in Lake County, becoming a staple on our events calendar. The event featured over 300 athletes from colleges and club level across the state, and generated over $240,000 in economic impact and more than 150 room nights.
We are excited to welcome, for the 3rd consecutive year, the FHSAA Golf Finals to Mission Inn Resort and Club, Harbor Hills Country Club and Deer Island County Club on October 29th & 30th and at Mission Inn Resort and Club on November 5th & 6th. This mark the first year of competition for the newly formed 3A Class. The first week will feature Classes 1A and 2A and the second week will feature the 3A Class. As a result, an extra 192 high school golfers will get the experience of playing in the State Finals. Overall, the event will drive 573 student-athletes to Lake County and result in over $700,000 in economic impact.
In an update on the Rowing initiative in Clermont, on Tuesday, August 27th the Clermont City Council voted to approve the site location of the boathouse. The facility will be built on an open piece of land located on the western edge of Waterfront Park. As we move forward in the process, the plan is to start design work of the facility as early as October 1st. With the pieces set in motion, we have begun to look at possible events to host at the new facility in the future. Events include, but are not limited to the 2015 US Rowing Masters and Youth National Championships.
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