In 2012, the Utah Sports Commission created the Governor’s State of Sport Awards, which celebrates Utah’s sports industry and honors excellence in high school, collegiate, adaptive, professional, Olympic and Paralympic sports.
The Utah Sports Commission was organized in 1999 to be a catalyst in creating a sports and Olympic legacy after the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The organization focuses on sports development to grow Utah’s economy, leverage the state’s world-class sports assets and enhance Utah’s position in the global sports marketplace.
The organization acts as a facilitator, catalyst, coordinator, ombudsman, salesman, cheerleader or any other role that might be helpful or necessary to assist the various sports-related organizations and facilities in attracting events, revenue, athlete development opportunities, and positive exposure to the state of Utah.
The Utah Sports Commission’s efforts have distinguished the state of Utah as a leader in the world of sports marketing, event attraction, sports development, and sports-related tourism. The primary charter of the Utah Sports Commission is to manage and facilitate the allocation of public and private funding and other resources for sports development and sports event attraction in Utah with the purpose of bringing economic impact and image building to the state. Post-2002, through successful bid efforts with our TEAM UTAH partnering organizations, hundreds of events have been landed statewide, which have generated approximately two billion dollars in economic impact to the state, many of which have been showcased to a national and international television audience with hundreds of millions of dollars in media value. The Utah Sports Commission has partnered or provided funding to approximately 811 events, impacting 39 cities throughout the State of Utah.
The commission focuses on sports development and is a non-profit private/public partnership foundation. A volunteer Board consisting of business, government, and sport industry leaders governs it.
The 2002 Olympics created a significant and well-trained volunteer base throughout the state of Utah, which has been instrumental in the success of many subsequent sporting events that have come to Utah. The Utah Sports Commission has managed the Olympic Legacy volunteer database helping to facilitate sporting event’s volunteer needs.
The Utah Sports Commission is also the hosts and manages the Korn Ferry Tour Utah Championship, Utah’s only official PGA TOUR event.
To find out more, please visit www.utahsportscommission.com