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2nd Annual Oregon Sports Summit is a success

Published: February 07, 2018

Eugene, Oregon – The Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission hosted the 2nd annual Oregon Sports Summit, February 2-3, 2018, at the Valley River Inn in Eugene.

Packed with knowledge to inspire both seasoned and new sports event planners, the Oregon Sports Summit was a success! It gave opportunities to network and collaborate with local and regional sports events planners, venue facilities and exhibitors.

Speakers and attendees came from around the United States to hear sessions about the future of sports events & tourism, understanding event data, managing risks of sports events, event medical and more.

Speakers included Al Kidd, President & CEO of the National Association of Sports Commissions; David Higdon, Advisory Board Chair of the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center; Bev Smith, Executive Director for KIDSPORTS (Eugene, OR); Jeff Gayduk, Publisher at Premier Travel Media; Tom Jordan, Director of the Prefontaine Classic; Michael Reilly, CEO of TrackTown USA, and Sasha Spencer-Atwood, Director of External Affairs at TrackTown USA; and many more. For a full list of speakers see:

Information about the 2019 Oregon Sports Summit will be announced fall of 2018.

2018 Sessions topics:

  • Building Sponsorship Proposals
  • Event Management
  • Event Permitting
  • Event Medical and Emergency Staff
  • The Future of Sports Events & Tourism
  • Group Housing
  • Hosting Sustainable Events
  • How Oregon Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Can Help Your Team Win
  • Oregon21
  • Slips, Trips and Falls: Managing the Inevitable Risks of Any Sports Event
  • Social Media – Real Time Content
  • Social Media – Measurement & Analytics
  • Understanding Event Data
  • Understanding and Calculating the Economic Impact of an Event to a Community
  • Utilizing Your Local Sports Commission
  • Volunteer Management
  • What Motivates Seniors to Compete?
  • What Sponsors Want
  • Working with Facilities
  • Working with the Media

This event was geared towards those who have ever wanted to run their own sports event. Ideal for new sports event planners and experienced event planners alike. Others who should consider attending: Athletic Directors, Coaches, Booster Club Members, Local Sports Team & League Members, DMO/Sports Commissions, Permitting and Public Safety Agencies, City and County Personnel and Elected Officials.

For more information:


Janis Ross, Executive Director, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, 541.743.8753;

Jessica Shefferman, Director of Event Operations, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission 541.743.8765;


  • Travel Oregon
  • City of Eugene
  • Lane United Football Club
  • Bicoastal Media
  • Sinclair Broadcasting
  • Whova
  • Oregon Sports Authority
  • Sports Planning Guide
  • Central Oregon Community College
  • Café Moka
Author: Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission

Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, under the corporate umbrella of Travel Lane County, markets and promotes the region as a destination for sports, while providing resources designed to help events and planners succeed. Working with community partners, the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission provides planning tools, educational opportunities and occasions to celebrate sport. For more information, go to