The St. Louis Sports Commission:
Delivering the Best in Sports to America’s Best Sports City
The St. Louis Sports Commission is the independent, privately-funded nonprofit organization that makes St. Louis a better place to live, visit, work and play through sports. Its efforts focus on attracting, creating and managing major sporting events for the St. Louis region. The organization uses the power of sports to enhance the area’s quality of life and to create economic and social benefit for the community.
Since its inception in 1989, the Sports Commission has fulfilled its mission by producing high-profile events that generate excitement, revenue and positive exposure for the region. The organization helps make St. Louis a stronger and more vibrant community. It adds to the impact of the area’s professional and collegiate teams to make a great sports community even better. By achieving the highest level of success with its events, the Sports Commission has fortified St. Louis’ status as an outstanding sports destination.
The organization’s event résumé includes:
1994 U.S. Olympic Festival
1996 & 1998 Big 12 Football Championship
1998 U.S. Open – Track & Field’s Farewell to JJK
2000 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
(Also hosted in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 & 2012)
2000 U.S. Gymnastics Championships
2001 & 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four
Missouri vs. Illinois “State Farm Arch Rivalry”
(2002-2003 & 2007-2010)
2002 NCAA Men’s Basketball 1st/2nd Rounds
2004 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional
(Also hosted in 2007, 2010 & 2012)
2004 U.S. Olympic Women’s Marathon Trials
2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials
2004 Athens Olympic Torch Relay
2005 NCAA Men’s Final Four
2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
2006 NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup
2007 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four
2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
2010 & 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship
2011 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey West Regional
2012 & 2013 USA Cross Country Championships
2012 USA Gymnastics Visa Championships
2013 Senior PGA Championship
2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball 2nd/3rd Rounds
2018 PGA Championship
In addition to bringing the best in sports to St. Louis, the Sports Commission also takes the lead in celebrating and furthering St. Louis’ Olympic legacy and contribution to the Olympic movement as host of the 1904 Summer Games. The organization represents St. Louis in the World Union of Olympic Cities. This affiliation enables the region to maintain a valuable place among exclusive international company and the world’s greatest cities.
ENRICHING THE COMMUNITY
The Sports Commission also operates the St. Louis Sports Foundation, its charitable affiliate. The Foundation was established as a legacy of the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1994 to enrich the lives of area children. Today, it focuses on promoting and encouraging sportsmanship, particularly at the youth level. Through its innovative Sportsmanship Initiative, the Sports Commission implements programs that inform and inspire those involved in youth sports. The organization reaches out to coaches, parents, fans and young athletes to make youth sports more enjoyable and to reinforce the values of respect, civility, selflessness and integrity at all levels. These efforts create positive environments for kids to play sports so they remain active and lead healthier, happier lives.
As part of its commitment to sportsmanship, the Sports Commission produces the Musial Awards™, a one-of-a-kind event celebrating extraordinary sportsmanship and all that’s right in sports. The annual awards show recognizes the greatest moments and stories of sportsmanship from around the country. It is one of the most meaningful and inspiring nights in sports. Formerly the National Sportsmanship Awards, the event is now named in honor of St. Louis sports icon and Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial.
Recently, the Sports Commission launched the National Sportsmanship Foundation, a national movement based in St. Louis aiming to change the way society views and values sportsmanship. The Sports Commission manages the Foundation, which focuses on positively impacting youth through sportsmanship behaviors. By building better sports, the organization strives to help shape more productive, responsible and healthy adults for the future who will contribute to a more civil society.
AN INDUSTRY & REGIONAL LEADER
A catalyst for civic benefit, economic development and charitable good, the St. Louis Sports Commission has been recognized as a leader in its industry and in the community. It is one of only two organizations in the country to win the National Association of Sports Commissions’ prestigious Member of the Year Award three times (2002, 2005 and 2013). The Sports Commission also has received several awards from local civic groups, including the St. Louis Attractions Association’s 2010 Spirit of St. Louis Hall of Fame Award, FOCUS St. Louis’ 2006 What’s Right With The Region Award, and The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis’ 2005 Levee Stone Award. Additionally, the Sports Commission was named a Top 50 Company by the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association in 2007.
The recognition is a testament to the Sports Commission’s value to St. Louis and its efforts to help grow, strengthen and move the region forward through sports.
For more information on the St. Louis Sports Commission and its events, visit www.stlsports.org.