The last day to submit an entry for 2018 member awards was Friday, March 15, 2019.

 

2019 award winners were announced at the 27th annual Sports Event Symposium in Knoxville, TN on May 7 during the Keynote Luncheon.

Each year, Sports ETA honors organizations and individuals in the sports events and tourism industry to celebrate their accomplishments and achievements.

The 2019 Member Awards, activities, events, marketing campaigns, web strategies, etc. must have occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2018. If you are interested in submitting what you've accomplished for more than the 2018 calendar year and/or spanning your entire career, please submit a nomination for the Sports ETA Hall of Fame (see below).

The independent judging panel is looking for impact regardless of size of budgets or your staff size and encourage organizations of all sizes to participate. Smaller organizations can make a big impact – especially with less dollars or manpower to accomplish similar results of larger organizations.

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Judging Policy

An independent judging panel comprised of leaders in the sports events and tourism industry will critique award submissions based off of a the point system that has been determined by the awards committee.

For more information, contact Kathy Nelson, knelson@sportkc.org or Derek Bombeck, dbombeck@lincoln.org, Awards Committee Chairs.

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Organizational Awards

Sports Commission of the Year
Population: Under 500,000
Population: 500,000 and above

Sports Tourism Organization of the Year
Population: Under 500,000
Population: 500,000 and above

Event Marketing Campaign of the Year
Population: Under 500,000
Population: 500,000 and above

Destination Branding & Marketing Campaign of the Year
Population: Under 500,000
Population: 500,000 and above

Locally Created Event of the Year
Population: Under 500,000
Population: 500,000 and above

Superior Service Award -Industry partner of the year

Individual Awards

Staff who represent member organizations are eligible to apply for individual awards. Great people make a dramatic difference in the sports events and tourism industry. Exceptional leaders inspire others, set the pace for performance, and nurture success. Sports ETA seeks to recognize these outstanding leaders in the industry.

Sports Tourism Executive of the Year - Sports Tourism Organization/Sports Commission CEO

Game Changer Award - Individual representing Destination member organization

Sports Event Organizer of the Year - Individual representing Rights Holder member organization

Hall of Fame

The Sports ETA Hall of Fame Committee was established to honor those who played a vital role in the success and promotion of the Sports Events & Tourism Association.  If you are interested in submitting what you've accomplished for more than a calendar year and/or spanning your entire career, please submit a nomination for the Sports ETA Hall of Fame (see below). The deadline to submit a nomination was January 31, 2019.

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