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Louisville Sports Commission Press Releases

Greg Fante Recognized as a Sports Industry “Game Changer”

Louisville, Ky. – August 10, 2017 – Greg Fante, CSEE, vice president of sports development at the Louisville Sports Commission, was recognized as an industry leader in Connect Sports magazine’s “Game Changers” fall 2017 issue. Connect Sports is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to professionals and planners in the sports tourism industry.

“It’s an honor for Greg – and for the Louisville Sports Commission – for Greg to be nationally recognized as a leader in sports event attraction,” said Louisville Sports Commission President & CEO Karl Schmitt. “This validates our organization’s efforts to attract and grow events that further our mission to enhance the economics, healthy lifestyles, and awareness of our community through sports.”

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Eight Local Athletes to Compete in 2017 UCI BMX World Championships July 25-29

Local Riders Train at Recently Refurbished Facility at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park


Louisville, Ky. – July 25, 2017 – Eight riders from Derby City BMX will participate in the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships July 25-29 in Rock Hill, S. C. Derby City BMX oversees the local grassroots development program and competition for ages three through adult and seniors. The local riders will be part of the World Championship that includes more than 3,300 riders from the across the US and 40 countries.

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Jim Beam® Bourbon Unveiled as Presenting Sponsor of the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

Louisville, Ky. – July 19, 2017 – Jim Beam®, the world’s number one selling bourbon, has signed on as presenting sponsor of the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon (UBHM) that will be held on Oct. 21. The UBHM is an experiential destination event that celebrates and promotes 200 years of Louisville and Kentucky distilling history, combined with a half marathon route that showcases one of Louisville’s most scenic parks and provides a distinct downtown running experience.

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46 Players Named to 2017 Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Players accounted for over 46,000 all-purpose yards, 394 tackles and 291 TDs in 2016

Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse to Sponsor Award for Seventh Year

Louisville, Ky. — July 17, 2017 — The Louisville Sports Commission today named 46 multi-talented college football players to the 2017 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.

The Paul Hornung Award, now in its eighth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission, and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award Banquet presented by KentuckyOne Health, to be held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville on March 8, 2018. This will be The Paul Hornung Award’s second year as an associate member of the prestigious National College Football Awards Association.

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International Outboard Grand Prix Comes To Louisville

Louisville Regatta Grand Prix Joins Cup of the America’s Championship Series

Louisville, Ky. – July 6, 2017 – World-class powerboat racers will compete on the Ohio River in front of Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville on August 18-20, 2017, in the Inaugural Louisville Regatta Grand Prix.

“Our mission is to bring the sport of powerboat racing back to its former glory,” said International Outboard Grand Prix (IOGP) President, Mike Schriefer. “This means bringing our Grand Prix series to Louisville – one of North America’s most prestigious waterfront parks – for the next three years. Louisville, with its great waterfront community and horsepower heritage, has been at the top of the list of major cities where we want to host a high-performance powerboat race and festival. We are excited and confident that the families, fans, and music-goers will enjoy this event for years to come.”

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