Lincoln/Logan County Sports Commission kickoff event Feb. 17
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[February 01, 2011]
The Lincoln Park District will host an
introductory Lincoln/Logan County Sports Commission event on Feb. 17
from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will feature presentations from Pete
Garlock, chairman of Sports Illinois, a niche tourism group under
the umbrella of the Illinois Council of Convention & Visitor
Bureaus. He will discuss the best practices for putting a sports
commission together and the advantages that such an organization has
in attracting tournaments and sporting events. Garlock is also
director of sales for the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
University of Illinois Hall of Fame golf coach Renee Heiken Slone
will also give a presentation on what coaches look for when scouting
for players at organized golf events. Additional presenters will be
local sports facility owners and managers, who will give updates on
their properties; local tournament organizers, who will update the
group with their plans; and local athlete Katherine Hepler and her
coach, Rick Slone, who will give their experience from a Logan
Hepler has verbally committed to play golf for
the University of Illinois starting in 2012. She has successfully
played in golf competitions at the local, state and national level
while still in high school. As a 15-year-old, she was the medalist
at the 2010 Illinois Women's Amateur; became the youngest girls
state champion; nearly won the Illinois Women's Open, a professional
event, finishing third behind two LPGA veterans; and set a
course-record 10-under-par 62 at Pasfield Park Golf Course in
Springfield en route to her ninth straight Drysdale title.
"We've always had a great sports tourism component in the county
(sporting events that bring in overnight stays to the local
motels)," said Geoff Ladd of the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of
Logan County. "This new organization will bring all interested
parties together to plan and coordinate existing events, recruit and
develop new events, and ramp up our promotion efforts."
The tourism bureau is taking on the role of developing the sports
commission, but Ladd said the group's goal should be to organize
with an independent, nonprofit status.
"These events put people in our community for a number of days,
spending money and enjoying what we have to offer," he said. "This
form of tourism also tends to be recession-proof. Economic times may
force people to cancel their vacations, but they won't cancel their
sports tournament trip for their child."
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On the invitation list to the event will be local schools,
colleges, sports facility owners and managers, sporting event
coordinators, local motel owners and managers, local organization
and government representatives, the media, and volunteers. The
general public is also invited.
Light snacks and beverages will be served.
RSVPs are required by Feb. 10 by calling the tourism bureau at
217-732-8687 or by sending an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lincoln Park District facility is located at 1400 Primm Road
More information will be posted soon at the organization's new
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of