The sports department, working in conjunction with the Tallahassee Sports Council, collegiate and community partners, recruits, markets and provides assistance to national, regional and local sporting events to expand economic impact of sports tourism in Tallahassee/Leon County.

Visit Tallahassee Sports is here to help make your event experience exceptional. We can help you with the following:

  • Assemble Bid Team
  • Assemble Local Organizing Committee
  • Bid Preparation Assistance
  • Connections to Community
  • Create Sports-Related Events and Attractions
  • Event Management
  • Facility and Site Selection
  • Fundraising Assistance for LOC
  • Government Relations
  • Host Site Inspections
  • Hotels: secure & manage reservations
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Media Relations
  • Presentation of Bids
  • Public Relations
  • Recruitment of Volunteers
  • Research Events Open to Bid
  • Review Requests for Proposals
  • Sports Information Resource Center
  • Sports-Related Business Relocations
  • Supervise Aspects of Event Preparation
  • Supervise Work of LOC
  • Vendor / Supplier Referrals
  • Venue Selection
  • Visitor Information and Welcome Packets
The Tallahassee Sports Council, originally created in 1989, is a focus group that concentrates on the economic benefits of visitor-generating events to support sports tourism for the betterment of the community.

The Council provides a fact-finding source of community input and technical resources for use by Staff in developing a Staff recommendation regarding a sports tourism-related matter to be considered by the Tourist Development Council. Additionally, the Tallahassee Sports Council is charged with the responsibility of providing essential information to the Tourist Development Council regarding potential events, dates/date conflicts, and venue availability of proposed sporting events in Leon County.

Along with the sports council the sports department has a staff of two employees. Amanda Heidecker as Director of Sports and Joseph Piotrowski as Asst. Director of Sports responsible for overseeing daily operations of the department.

Here is an updated list of the Tallahassee Sports Council Members:

Mr. Bill Dillon
Gunter Law Firm

Mr. Ricky Bell
Leon County Schools

Mr. Jeb Blackburn
Florida Community College Activities Association

Mr. Ron Brafford
Summit Group

Mr. Robert Carrol
Florida A&M University Campus Recreation

Mr. Rob Chaney
Tallahassee Community College

Mr. Mike Collins
Florida State University Campus Recreation

Mrs. Ashley Edwards
Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs

Mrs. Leigh Davis
Leon County Parks & Recreation

Mr. Roger Englert
Donald L. Tucker Civic Center

Mr. Bill Hagen
Raymond James Investment

Dr. John Eason
Florida A&M University

Chairman Nick Maddox
Leon County Board of County Commissioners

Mr. Jim Watson
Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Mr. Bernie Waxman
Florida State University Department of Athletics

Dr. Jason Pappas
Florida State University

Mr. Rocky Hanna
Leon County Schools

Mr. Austin Moser
Florida Dental Association

Mr. James Card
Larry J. Overton and Associates

Mr. John Gladden
Leon County Sheriffs Office

Mrs. Judy Alexander
Gulf Winds Track Club

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