Pam Gerig

Pam Gerig-Bland, originally from Plantation, Florida, was first introduced to the realm of amateur sports as a mother of three roller skaters. This led her into a career and love of amateur sports and a leadership role in USA Roller Sports.

Pam served as the special events coordinator for the Orange Bowl Committee from 1990-1992, where she helped present south Florida's final 1998 Goodwill Games bid presentation. Pam then became Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission in 1992 where she served for 14 years until 2006. In 2000 and 2002, Gerig helped bring the Sunshine State Games to Palm Beach, which attracted more than 10,000 athletes and injected $5 million each year into the local economy. Pam was also an advocate for sports development programs that specifically reached inner-city youth.

At the sports commission, Pam worked to recruit the U.S. Olympic Festival, America’s largest multi-sport event, to South Florida. As a result of her work, Pam was appointed by the U.S. Olympic Committee to serve on its U.S. Olympic Festivals Committee.

Thanks to Pam’s excellent relationship with the USOC, Palm Beach County was selected as one of the first sites for the U.S. Olympic Committee Community Olympic Development Program. This program targeted key sports and young athletes to try to develop their skills towards potential major achievements in Olympic sports.

In addition to her work at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Pam was a member of several committees including Florida Atlantic University Football, Superbowl XXXIII, The Honda Classic, and the 2007 Pan American Games. Gerig served as the Director at Large of the National Collegiate Football Awards Association, and she was a founding member of the Lou Groza National Collegiate Football Awards.

Pam was an active leader of the NASC during its first decade in the 1990s. She served on the Board of Directors for several years and was Chairman of the association during 1998 and 1999.

In 2006, Pam retired from her leadership role at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and that same year she was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame.