Hey sports fans & supporters,
Happy spring! What a month March has been, particularly with three of our NCAA Division I basketball teams making the NCAA March Madness tournaments. I would also love to give a special shout out to our board member, North Carolina Central University athletic director Ingrid Wicker McCree, who was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year at the beginning of March.
I’m proud to give you another snapshot of the work being done by the Durham Sports Commission (DSC). You should have received our annual report (if you didn’t – please let us know), which served as our first quarterly piece and was a great way to help us showcase the end of our first fully staffed fiscal year.
So, what have we been up to this fiscal year? We have organized and submitted two bids (one for a national event and another for a regional championship) as well as partnered with another group on a state championship bid. We won the 2019 USATF Youth Outdoor National Championships bid, a monumental accomplishment for our young organization. As part of the bids and national outreach, we’ve worked closely with facility owners to ensure that we use each opportunity to further develop Durham’s sports community.
In that same spirit, we have already worked with local event owners and supported 25 Durham-based events this fiscal year. Through operations, marketing, sponsorship, or other avenues of support, I am proud of the value we’ve provided to locally owned events and the role DSC is playing in the community.
We have much to look forward to in the next few months. The DSC Board of Directors will discuss how to best proceed after receiving a facility assessment and market study recently completed by The Huddle Up Group, industry leading consultants. I have full confidence in the board and what they will take into consideration as DSC continues its work to positively impact the community. The board also recently selected 19 community members to serve as members of the DSC Advisory Committee. The new members’ insight will help us present messages to the community and further develop sports tourism in Durham. The advisory committee is another step to further the mission of DSC and engage the community, pushing our vision forward to positively impact Durham.
I look forward to continuing our work, telling you all about our successes, and furthering the discussion about what type of sports destination Durham wants to become. We continue to keep community at the center of our work and I look forward to engaging with you in the process.
Yours in sport,
DSC's Top 3 of the Quarter
Here’s a quick hit of a few things that have a happened in the last few months:
The Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship is coming back to the Bull City! The annual championship returns May 22–27, bringing 12 ACC baseball teams and their fans for a week of baseball games and family fun. The event will infuse more than $6 million into Durham’s economy. DSC will host a free, family-friendly ACC Baseball FanFest street fair on Saturday, May 26 on Blackwell Street (just outside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park). Interested in participating as a local vendor or business? Fill out the vendor registration form.
Durham County Facility Assessment and Market Study
DSC contracted The Huddle Up Group to conduct a facility assessment and market study. The Huddle Group is a consulting agency with more than 40 years of experience empowering sports organizations that create positive communities through sports tourism. On March 13, DSC and The Huddle Up Group’s leadership team presented the findings in a public listening session. The DSC Board of Directors will review the findings and recommendations to make informed decisions about the future of sports in Durham.
Introducing DSC’s Advisory Committee
This March, DSC also announced members of its new advisory committee. The members will share community perspectives and input on future sports and/or events to target, as well as serve on local organizing committees for events as available and needed. Members include: