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After 149 Kentucky Derbys, Louisville Knows Sports


“Our Athletes were in Awe”

What I saw on our veterans’ faces – they were in awe, and it inspired them to push further. The games’ integration into Louisville, the support we saw from the community and the Sports Commission, was something we had never had before in our 40 years of having this event.

Dave Tostenrude
National Veterans Wheelchair Games

“Very Best Tournament Sites”

As someone who has attended countless NCAA tournaments as a participating athletic director and as a member (and chair) of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee, I have no hesitation in saying that Louisville and the KFC Yum! Center are one of the very best tournament sites I’ve experienced.

Mike Bobinkski
Athletic Director
Purdue University

“Unbelievable Supportive”

The Louisville Sports Commission is amazing. They’re just unbelievably supportive of the cycling and cyclocross community. They really do everything they can to move our sport forward.

Micah Rice
Former Vice President of National Events
USA Cycling

“Goes the Extra Mile”

Without a doubt, the Louisville Sports Commission is an integral part of IRONMAN Louisville presented by Norton Sports Health’s success here in the Bluegrass state.  They are always willing to go the extra mile to help make the event an amazing experience for the athletes and the staff.  My job becomes significantly easier with the support of the Sports Commission’s knowledgeable and hardworking team.

Eric Atnip
Race Director
IRONMAN Louisville presented by Norton Sports Health

“Delivers a World-Class Event”

We know we can count on Louisville to deliver a world-class event for athletes and fans alike.

Scott Blackmun
Former CEO
United States Olympic Committee

“Commitment to Excellence”

I have always been impressed with Louisville’s commitment to excellence in hosting sports events. The Louisville Sports Commission team is among the best at what they do and have proven to be among the most reliable partners in the business. USA Gymnastics trusts our partnerships with Louisville, which instills confidence for the future of working together.

USA Gymnastics

“An Outstanding Job”

I would like to congratulate the Louisville Sports Commission staff and volunteers for doing an outstanding job in conducting the 2014 NCAA Division II National Festival Championships! The success of any NCAA championship is dependent on the hard work of a great many individuals who generously devote their talents and resources to the management of the event.

Amy L. Reis
Former Associate Director of Championships and Alliances
NCAA Division II Championships

“Sports Fanatics”

These people are sports fanatics. This is a great sporting town. The fans showed up in droves, and today really wasn’t the best weather day. They supported all of us.

Tiger Woods
96th PGA Championship
Valhalla Golf Course

“Louisville rolls out the red carpet”

It’s the reception we’ve received from the city of Louisville, the people from around the area and from the people from around the country that have come here this week. We’ve set record in tickets sales and the crowds have been terrific. You need a city that gets it, and wants it. We’ve got that with the city of Louisville. The overall major championship extends well beyond the gates. All of that has been terrific, and that factors into it. Louisville rolls out the red carpet to help us achieve success.

Peter Bevacqua
PGA of America

“An excellent community”

The NWBA is proud of its three-year affiliation with the Louisville Sports Commission. From the RFP and selection process through our first two years of holding our national championships in Louisville, the Sports Commission has always been there to provide assistance. They have helped introduce us to key individuals and other resources in the community and assisted with contract negotiation. Louisville has been an excellent community for us to hold our national championships because of valuable support we receive from the Mayor, Louisville Sports Commission, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Kentucky Expo Center.

Randy Schubert
Former Executive Director
National Wheelchair Basketball Association

“Top-notch events”

From a bike race, a run, or a swim in the Ohio River, the Louisville Sports Commission creates excitement for the city with top-notch events. The Commission is a great partner for Louisville Water not only in their “green” efforts to serve water but with their creativity in helping us create the Louisville pure tap 5k.

Kelley Dearing Smith
Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Louisville Water Company

“All-out team effort”

Frankly, I think the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville will stand as the best demonstration of an all-out team effort in the history of American cycling!

Steve Johnson, President & CEO
USA Cycling

“A special experience”

Something like this (DII Festival) doesn’t happen in a day, a week, a month. This takes years of planning and cooperation. Bellarmine University, the Louisville Sports Commission and the city of Louisville came forward with all of their resources, their creativity, their energy and their commitment to make it happen. It allowed us to put on the championships and it really made for a special experience for our student-athletes.

Mike Racy
Former Vice President
NCAA Division II Championships

“One of the finest organizations”

USA BMX is proud to host the annual USA BMX Derby City Nationals in partnership with the Louisville Sports Commission. They are truly one of the finest organizations we work with and we could not be successful without their support.”

John David
Chief Operating Officer
American Bicycle Association