Annual Report 2017

The Durham Sports Commission is pleased to share with you a recap of our startup year and present what’s to come in the near future and beyond. Our mission is to create economic and social impact by leading the community’s efforts to attract, support, and promote youth, amateur, collegiate, and professional sporting and recreational events.

We look forward to continuing this work with and on behalf of the Durham sports community as we #ChampionDurham!

Letter from the Chairman of the Board of Directors

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Letter from the Executive Director

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Interlocal Agreement to Establish, Fund, Support, and Promote the Durham Sports Commission

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Timeline Legend



Fiscal Year 2016-17

July 2016

Final execution of the Interlocal Agreement

Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational Track Meet – 3000 attendees, $1.76M impact

NYFO Nationals – 4000 attendees, $1.2M impact

August 2016

First Board meeting of the DSC – 8/31/16

September 2016

Articles of Incorporation approved and elected first set of officers

October 2016

By-laws and Mission Statement approved. Search firm hired to conduct Executive Director search.

TFC Columbus Day Tournament (regional) – 1000 attendees, $370k regional impact

November 2016

Corporate logo concepts presented

GCU Men’s Basketball – 50 attendees, $24k impact

CASL Showcase (regional) – 20,000 total attendees, $7.1M regional impact

December 2016

Interviewed and selected Executive Director

January 2017

Executive Director begins. Approval of corporate logo and brand.

McDonald’s Rising Stars Tournament – 3000 attendees, $864k impact

February 2017

Conflict of Interest and Grants and Incentives Policy approved

March 2017

First tradeshow attended by the DSC. Launched initial website and social media channels.

King of the Spring Lacrosse – 2000 attendees, $1.1M impact

April 2017

Developed Sports Services Strategy. Approved first sponsorship of an event.

May 2017

Hosted inaugural Event Owner Workshop. Hired summer interns from Duke and NCCU.

TCTC Challenge – 3000 attendees, $534k impact

Battle of the Bull City – 550 attendees, $143k impact

Bridge II Sports Valor Games (regional) – 400 attendees, $295k regional impact

June 2017

Approved Budget. Hosted inaugural board retreat. Hired Sports Services Manager.

Fiscal Year 2017-18

July 2017

AJGA Junior Golf Championship – 184 attendees, $136k impact

Hands on Fire II Boxing – 800 attendees, $52k impact

Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational Track Meet – 2,900 attendees, $1.37 million impact

Ryan Smith Football Camp – 217 attendees

September 2017

DSC’s Quarterly Newsletter launches

DSC’s new website launches

First national championship bid submitted by the DSC

October 2017

DSC helps launch Durham’s first esports event (DBAP Gaming Challenge – 852 attendees, $157k impact)

King of the Canopy

Ryder Cup Saber RJCC and ROC – 211 attendees, $41k impact

November 2017

RDC Marathon & Half Marathon – 1500 attendees

December 2017

Durham wins 2019 USATF National Youth Outdoor Championship

DSC’s promotional videos completed

Race Across Durham 10 Mile and Marathon Trail Run

January 2018

DSC is Title Sponsor of MLK Rising Star Basketball Tournament

February 2018

US Women’s Curling Association National Meeting and Bonspiel

March 2018

DSC’s Facility Assessment and Market Study completed

Advisory Committee formed

May 2018

DSC operating ACC Fan Fest

And beyond...

2018 and 2019 RDC Marathon & Half Marathons

2019 USA Track & Field National Youth Outdoor Championships

2019 and 2020 MLK Rising Star Basketball Tournaments


Funding for DSC is provided by the City and County of Durham for supporting event bids and fees, and from the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau for marketing and operations support.

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