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; www.sportsfacilities.com.  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, SandersL@GFhotels.com

NAPLES UNITED FC IS PLAYOFFS-BOUND

After a riveting season, Naples United Football Club (FC) of Naples, Florida, the town’s first semi-professional soccer team, has made it to the 2021 NPSL Sunshine Conference Semifinals.

The team will play against Miami Dutch Lions FC on July 14th at 7 p.m. at the Naples United home stadium: Paradise Coast Sports Complex (3940 City Gate Blvd S N, Naples, FL 34117 – Just off Exit 101).

The game is open to the public and tickets are only $10.

In the last game of the season against Boca Raton FC, Naples United tied 4-4 in the 95th minute. Both teams secured a spot in the playoffs. The top 4 teams qualify based on regular season PPG and will be seeded #1-4. Miami Dutch Lions FC sits at #2 seed and Naples United FC is #3 seed; Miami United FC (#1 seed) vs. Boca Raton FC (#4 seed).

Naples United rounded out the season with 5 wins/2 ties/3 losses, earning the 3rd position in conference rankings and 27th in the national rankings.

2021 NPSL Sunshine Conference Final will be hosted on July 17, hosted by higher seed – Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed.

Last Home Game – Free Tickets before playoff drive

Naples United FC, our local soccer team, are now in their new home and it is officially open at the Paradise Coast sports complex. They would like to welcome you to support the team on their playoff drive.

The last home game is on Sunday, July 4 kickoff is at 6pm and to show their appreciation for the support that you have shown so far this season, they are offering free tickets.

If you are interested in attending the game, you can do it one of two ways; for those of you who are going to attend the Ben Allen concert on July 3 at the Paradise Coast sports complex look for the Naples United FC tent and pick up your tickets there.

Or please contact info@naplesunited.com and let them know the number of tickets along with the names that are attending and they will have tickets available for you at the door.

Shout Out – Thank You South Street Bar & Grill

Thank You Brent

A huge shout out to our Sports Council board member Brent Pleeter. Brent is the owner of South St Bar & Grill on the corner of Goodlette Frank & Pine Ridge Rd. By being very commercially creative, Brent raised over $22,000 for the Special Olympics athletes of Collier County.

His initiative also helped spread awareness about their fundraising goals for the kids of Collier County Special Olympics. The fundraisers even had ESPN radio as special guests on a number of occasions. “This funding will help our kids compete in the world games in 2022.

We knew that fundraising activities for these kids barely existed during a lot of the year because of Covid and we thought it was our chance to step up and help them” said Brent.

Thank you Brent for letting people know you care about the athletes in our community.

December 2021 President’s Message

Liz Saunders
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; www.sportsfacilities.com.  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, SandersL@GFhotels.com

FBU Top Gun is Back to Naples

Good day!  Hope this finds you all well.  Just wanted to give you a update about our events coming up this year.

We are excited to bring FBU Top Gun back to Naples for its second year.  The event will run July 8th , early registration, to July 11th.  We expect families will come early and stay late much like last year.  Below is the link to the Top Gun event.

https://footballuniversity.org/top-gun/

Our second event, the FBU National Championship, will be held December 17th – 21st with teams starting to do there booking after the regional events on December 3rd & 4th.  For more information on this event go to www.fbunc.com

We are excited to bring the two BIGGEST football events in the country to Collier County.  Our 3rd party hotel agent will be in touch with you soon to send more details on FBU Top Gun.  Her name is Michele Hughes and will be calling from our partner company –  3Step.  Please be looking for her contact in the coming days.

Lastly, the FBU National Championship is booked with Collier County for the next 4 years and will always run around the third weekend in December.  Unfortunately, teams cannot book until they know they have won their regional games 2 weeks before, so bookings for the most part won’t happen until that Sunday night, December 3rd, 2021.

We look forward to another great year of FBU events and bringing the best of the best to Collier County!!

#PathToNaples is off to a great start!

Football University Celebrating 10 Years

Clock is ticking…the 10th Anniversary of the FBU National Championship is right around the corner. 2020 FBUNC Draw Show Coming Soon! #ParadiseCoast #PathToNaples pic.twitter.com/1XixcB0nKB — FBUNC.com (@FBU_NC) October 27, 2020

Business Invitation to Join our new and exciting SCC Card Program

Dear Business Leaders:

The mission of the Sports Council of Collier County (SCCC) is to provide resources, accessibility and opportunities that encourage individuals and organizations to participate in sports in our community. These are very exciting times for sports here as Collier County has just opened the magnificent Paradise Coast Sports Complex. That will help make us a true Sports destination; bringing new revenue to the area through the tourists and locals who will have the opportunity to attend more sports, arts and entertainment events.

With that in mind and based on your reputation in the community, we would like to invite you to become a SCCC member and get engaged with what’s happening in our area, ultimately attracting your business new patrons via our SCC Card program while enhancing their overall experience in town.

Introducing the SCC Card:

The Sports Council has launched this deals & discounts program, called the SCC Card, in order to connect the business community with all of the sports & special events happening in the area.  SCCC is very excited about this first ever initiative to assist our local community to ultimately attract event participants directly to their businesses through the SCC Card. Even though we are a Sports Council the SCC Card will also be available to vacationers and residents. We will also donate a portion of every SCC Card sale to a 501(c)(3) charity.

Benefits of a participating with the SCC Card:

  • Includes SCCC Membership for a year
  • Display your company offers, deals and discounts on the SCC Card App, link can also be found on the SCCC website your business, on event websites and easily found in Google searches.
    • Your business will be given full exposure to the huge volume of tourists that visit Collier County every year. (The county had more than 1.9 million visitors in 2019 — an increase of 5.8% & the highest number on record.)
  • Network and connect with other Collier County business owners and members to expand sports tourism. Be “in the know” with an open invitation to attend monthly membership meetings to provide important feedback.
  • Opportunity for ‘Brand Visibility’ through advertising promotions to tourists, athletes and their families enticing them with deals or discounts to become a customer of yours.
  • Opportunity to host a sports team at your facility where appropriate
  • Keep up to date with the growing sports events calendar in Collier County; their location, dates, qualifying number of teams, players and tournament duration.
  • Be a part of an important long-term hospitality and tourism strategic plan for our community. Our current membership is comprised of all sectors within the business community. SCCC is represented by sports organizations, hoteliers, restaurants, attractions, events and entertainment venues to name a few.

In these challenging times we believe that we need to work together as a community to strengthen our sports and business communities. We sincerely hope that you will help us achieve our mission!

  To register for membership, go to www.colliercountysports.com & don’t forget to add your deals, discount or special offers.

Kind Regards,

Sport Council of Collier County Board