“I attended [the Champion Durham Classic] and heard from the community. They LOVED IT! We definitely have to make this annual event. I think it will continue to grow.”
Champion Durham Classic
From ideation to execution, the inaugural high school holiday basketball invitational marked the first event the DSC developed, owned, and operated. Thirteen participating teams, six of them local to Durham, took the court at NCCU’s McDougald-McLendon Arena, playing high-level ball in front of recruiting college coaches, friends, and fans. Showcasing local talent and connecting the sports commission to community in a more visible way, the event was a huge success.
The DSC won the rights to host the NAIA 2021 & 2022 Football National Championship and Senior Football Classic Games held at Durham County Memorial Stadium. The first-ever NAIA championship hosted in Durham, the 2021 event generated $536K in economic impact, with fans traveling from 29 states to catch the action. The NAIA and participating teams praised Durham as an excellent championship destination as the DSC created a one-of-a-kind event.
DSC Gear Now Available
Earlier this year, the DSC established a new partnership with Varsity Brands, the market leader in team sports, school spirit, and achievement recognition, and one of its operating businesses, BSN Sports. The agreement makes DSC the first sports commission in the country to partner with the nation’s largest direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to school and league markets. The store is a must for anyone interested in showing their Durham pride or participating in a DSC-supported event.
“I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Durham Sports Commission team as their external operations intern, gaining real world experience in areas I had not tapped into during my prior internships. A big takeaway I took from the team was in order to be successful, you need to be comfortable being uncomfortable! I gained transferable skills that I have been able to use and plan to continue to use in future capacities.”