Sports Council President’s Message October 2019 – Big Things Happening

Liz Saunders
Sports Council President

Exactly a year ago the Board of Directors made a commitment to take the Sports Council to the next level. To give us the required focus and direction needed, we held a Board Retreat which was overseen by a professional advisor. The outcome of this is that we have re-written the bylaws, created base committees such as; Governance, Finance, Communication & Strategic Planning to help us function professionally and efficiently. This re-organization allowed the Board to create important goals & objectives to move the Sports Council forward.

We are now well on the way to building a Board that represents our community. We are currently represented by hoteliers, law enforcement, legal advisor, Collier School’s athletic supervisor, and local business owners. We are still eager to increase our Board size and have committee support, anyone interested in being involved is welcome to get in touch. Our Board is committed to becoming an integral part of the community by working with & supporting other organizations in the community that align with our mission:

The Mission

The Mission of 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.

To support this mission, the Board decided to create a 501-C3 subdivision; Collier Sports Foundation. This foundation will operate separately from the Sports Council and is an exciting opportunity to allow us to do everything from fundraising events to apply for grants to help us fulfill our Mission. We have sought advice and recommendations from Community Foundation, that has been highly encouraging. This non-profit arm of the Sports Council will change our game and allow us to support all sorts of sports in the Community.

Subsequently, I was asked by the Community Foundation to serve on a Focus Committee representing sports, recreation & environmental Professionals. This brought together a great opportunity to align with other major organizations from the Zoo, Star-Ability, Parks & Rec, Pathways Coalition, Sports Club, National Park Service, City Community Services and many more.

We have published multiple articles on the Sports Council, the current status and future of sports in Collier County. These publications included; NT&T’s Experiences Magazine, Coastal Breeze Newspaper, CVB Sports Experiences and ENcompass Magazine’s upcoming January issue. This public relations platform, as well as, working well with other area organizations, will allow us to inform the community about SCCC and our vision:

The Vision of the Sports Council of Collier County, is to be recognized as a world class Sports Council that helps to facilitate sports tourism on behalf of the community of Collier County.

With our vision in mind we are currently forming the building blocks to grow a Junior Sports Council. This group will be comprised of high school students that will support community sports events. Their involvement will not only enhance our events but their college resumes, also earn them mandatory volunteer hours for the college Bright Futures grants and gain experience in organizing meetings & events, all while having fun and acquiring leadership skills.

The Sports Council Board is excited about the future by building this strong foundation to support both the Vision & Mission. This foundation will be built upon our membership, community relationships, our new Sports Foundation and the Junior Sports Council.

To accommodate our goals and to improve our functionality we are also adopting new communication tools. By the first of the year, the goal is to use Constant Contact and have Google Docs files available to members, as we embark on a new era of Sports in 2020 with the initial fields opening at the Paradise Coast Sportsplex, right in our own back yard!

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