Presidents Newsletter May 2022

“The Collier Sports Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to boost Collier County’s image as a premier sports destination. Our board, committees and community members, share a common goal to; become a vital hub and support for our diverse sports community, promote local business, hospitality partners and event organizers, to help build a thriving sports tourism economy”


Winston White – President of Collier Sports Foundation

December 2021 Newsletter

Liz Sanders Sports Council President

SCCC Newsletter December 2021

The past 17 months have been grueling for many of us personally & professionally. Here is hoping that the preverbal ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ is finally shining bright for you as you read this.  Many people have endured job changes, relocations, businesses closing or new ownerships or income streams slowed and this has certainly affected our Sports Council membership.  It is finally time to re-group and get back to regular meetings and supporting sports endeavors in our community. It’s is imperative as an organization that we support all promotors bringing events to our Community.  We are updating the past member list  & database, if you have anyone you want added, please send to us. The anticipation is now over for the search to replace our inaugural management company for the Paradise Coast Sports Complex.  If you have not heard, the new company who took over on 11/26/21.  It is Sports Facilities Companies;  We have recently met them and look forward to working with them for successful transition.  We all know the PCSC, is beautiful and has tremendous potential to not only be a very integral component of our community but to also put Naples on the map finally,  as showcase sports & event destination.   This goal can be a reality now with PCSC, our original Regional Park; North Collier, and our newest addition; Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park.  This trifecta of Parks gives Naples presence on the sports industry national level. We look forward to supporting SFC in their new role. Naples is booming again with many sports aside from the field sports at the Parks from Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Running Races, Water sports and Pickleball. Naples onslaught of development & new residents is a sure sign we are in for brighter times ahead. We are anxious to reconvene and support SFC by simply executing our mission;

“The Mission of this organization, the Sports Council of Collier County, is to grow a network of public and private partnerships that helps provide resources, accessibility and opportunities that encourages individuals and organizations to participate in sports in the community”.

For this to be accomplished and improve our community we need membership support. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting to meet SFC & see how you can be an integral part of SCCC.

Liz Sanders, President,

Are you HIP? (Hospitality Industry Professional)

Are You HIP?

Are you ready to SIP, Schmooze, and Socialize before season arrives?
Then come join us at:


Friday October 5th 5-7pm

9108 Strada Pl #14120,
Naples, FL 34108
Welcome Champagne upon arrival
50% off drinks and Apps

GMs and DOSs take your staff out and let them know that
you appreciate them!

Bring a gift bag of your hotels Best Swag for a gift exchange
Or exchange Gift Certificates for Christmas Parties
RSVP TO: for Cavo

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Sports Council President’s Message – February 2018

Mary Shea, Sports Council President

We had a pretty exciting month in Collier County sports.

In January 2018, Deputy County Manager, Deputy Director Sports Marketing Naples, Marco and Everglades Convention and Visitors Burea, Dan Sullivan Green Links Golf Villas at Lely Resorts & Tourist Development Council Mary Shea, Wood Spring Suites & The President of Sports Council, Margaret Bishop, James Hanrahan and Rick Graby from Parks and Recreation toured facilities to envision options for Collier County’s Sport Complex.

This sport task force visited two indoor venues and two outdoor venues. A variety of items were looked at, including, bathrooms, parking, materials, equipment, best practices utilized at the different facilities.

In Pickleball, the Southern Tropics Tournament, January 26th-28th, packed in 592 players and over 2,000 spectators.

The Sports Councils’ Tent had many visitors, while our member Pelican Larry’s served fantastic food. The raffle prizes were a GREAT HIT.

We had some super stars come visit including Jack Wert, Ed Caum, Nikki and the wonderful County Commissioner Donna Fiala!

Players and Spectators came from near and far and enjoyed this event and all the pleasure Naples offers.

Board Member Jim Ludwig at the Southern Tropics tournament

The US Pickelball Academy will be in full swing this month, this is a full Destination Camp. Click here to view the details.

People will be coming from all over the world and trained by the Amazing Simone Jardim.

This year’s Dimitri Cup has turned out to be the most successful ever. This is the 14th Annual Dimitri Cup, taking place across three weekends in January.

There were a total of 435 teams attending, coming as far away as Brazil and Canada!!

This event has grown huge since its inception in 2004. We now have to separate the age groups to different weekends of attendance .

  • The 1st Weekend hosted 8 thru 12 year old teams
  • The 2nd Weekend hosted 13 and 14 year old teams
  • The 3rd Weekend hosted 15 thru 19 year old teams

With the majority of the teams traveling into the Naples area for this event, we are told it generated approximate 1.6 million dollars in economic impact for that month of January!!

We are excited in anticipation of the opening of the New Sports Complex in the next 2 years, as we can continue to grow with this event and the others that we host in Naples fl.

Don’t forget to take in the many activities of the Chubb Classic, from February 12th – 18th. There will be plenty of fun for everyone

Tony Dungy Speaker at SW Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Former NFL player and coach Tony Dungy will be the speaker at the Southwest Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes celebration dinner on Thursday, March 22 at Naples Grande Beach Resort.

An auction will be at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. To reserve a table, go to For more information, contact Charlie Weatherbie at (318) 372-8561 or Alli Coleman at (239) 348-5255.

Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. He coached Tampa Bay from 1996-2001, and Indianapolis from 2002-08. He became the first black head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts beat the Bears. He currently is an analyst for NBC Sports.

Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 6, 2016.

Bernhard Langer, Kirk Triplett, Lee Janzen lead early Chubb Classic field

Former champions Bernhard Langer, Kirk Triplett and Lee Janzen all have committed to next month’s Chubb Classic, Naples’ PGA Tour Champions event from Feb. 13-18 at TwinEagles.
“We look forward to welcoming both players and golf fans to the 2018 Chubb Classic,” tournament director Matt Hilliker said. “With a strong list of competitors, this year is sure to be one to remember.”

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who challenged eventual champion Fred Couples for the title last year, Jerry Kelly, Colin Montgomerie and David Toms also have committed.

Langer, who won titles in Naples in 2011, 2013 and 2016, returns to the Chubb Classic after an impressive 2017 season. He claimed seven first-place finishes, 16 top-10 finishes and concluded the season at No. 2 in the Charles Schwab Cup rankings.

Janzen, who beat Bart Bryant in a playoff to win in Naples in 2015, had two second-place finishes in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship and a tie for second place in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He had five top-10s and was No. 8 in the Schwab Cup rankings.

Triplett, the 2014 champion at TwinEagles, had six top-10s, including a second-place finish in the U.S. Senior Open Championship. Finishing the season ranked 22nd in the Schwab Cup.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the Chubb Classic, visit or call (239) 593-3900.

Registration Open for Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

From the host:

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we walk through this ‘unchartered’ territory of such a high demand for players to get into the 2018 Minto US Open.

In an effort to ensure a seamless registration experience, has been working tirelessly to make sure registration runs smoothly.

Due to the anticipated high volume of players, they have developed a split registration system never before used in PB.

East Naples Winter Classic – Southern Tropics Pickleball

Don’t miss the East Naples Winter Classic! Whether you plan to participate or spectate you will enjoy great pickleball matches, prizes, giveaways, food, fun, community and more! It’s all happening January 26, 27th & 28th at East Naples Community Park – 3500 Thomasson Drive, Naples, FL.

We hope to see you there!

Jim Ludwig & the Southern Tropics Tournaments Team
Friday, January 26, 2018
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Kristine Perez