The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization governed by a committed group of trustees representing some of the region's most esteemed private, public and nonprofit institutions. The organization currently has ten full-time staff overseeing sports development, marketing, communications, fundraising and events management. We have experienced tremendous growth through our ten-year existence and the entrepreneurial spirit abounds within the organization. The Sports Commission is funded by contributions from the board of trustees, and annual benefit - The Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, fees from a partnership with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, revenue earned from events, foundations and public support from Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland.
Originally formed in 1993, the Sports Commission was re-founded in 2000. Since that time, the Sports Commission has been directly responsible for attracting, creating and/or managing over 150 sporting events and activities to the Greater Cleveland area, generating more than $400 million in economic impact.
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Beyond the Numbers
The Sports Commission has established itself as a revenue-generating entity that has become an integral part of Cleveland's economic future. Sports Commission events have rapidly become valued community assets.
While Sports Commission events mean tens of millions of annual dollars to the local economy, they also add much more. Cleveland has been featured on dozens of hours of national television and more than 750,000 fans have seen the excitement of a variety of sports competitions. Children's clinics, education and business development programs are routinely planned to enhance community impact.
As an economic impact study conducted by the CSU Levin College of Urban Affairs for the International Children's Games concluded, "The Games produced substantial non-pecuniary gains that could prove more important for the city and region in the long run. They provided an opportunity for people who had never been to the region and would not have visited otherwise to experience an exciting, diverse, and friendly city. Likewise, local visitors and volunteers to the events reported that their own impressions of the city and region had improved because of their positive experience. Their pride in the region increased and they are more appreciative of the region's assets."
It continues, "The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission's mandate of economic development reaches much farther than immediate economic gains. By attracting and hosting major sporting events in Cleveland, the Sports Commission is successfully competing in a fiercely competitive aspect of the global economy: the creation and consumption of experiences. The International Children's Games showcased the Sports Commission's ability to create the type of experiences people desire, as well as the economic value in doing so for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio."
The philosophy of the Sports Commission sets it apart from others by operating as an economic and community development organization utilizing sports as a vehicle to forward other community agendas. The organization takes the unique approach of becoming a management and financial partner in each event with the goal of producing events that are more successful in Cleveland than other cities in which they have been held.
The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission offers a wide array of services and assistance to not only attract events to Cleveland, but to ensure their success.
- Event Management
- Logo Branding/Graphic Design
- Public Relations
- Facility and Site Selection
- Vendor Referrals
- Connections to the Cleveland Community