Eugene, Oregon – The Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission is proud to announce its inaugural Oregon Sports Summit, on February 2, 2017, at the Valley River Inn in Eugene.

Responsible Sport is the closing session topic, sponsored by the City of Eugene. The panel will feature representatives from the City of Eugene Waste Prevention and Green Building, Council from Responsible Sport, and local events the Eugene Marathon and the Big O Roller Derby Tournament.  This session will give an overview of the history of sustainability in Eugene, the responsible sports framework developed by the Council, and how two different locally grown events have embraced and incorporated sustainability into their events.

The Oregon Sports Summit will be a day packed with knowledge and opportunity. It will inspire current and potential sports events planners to create and further develop their sports events to reach new heights!

Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA, Associate Athletic Director for Olympic Development at the University of Oregon, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Head Coach – Men’s Track and Field and President of USA Track & Field will be the Keynote Speaker.

Attendees will learn from professional and seasoned sports event leaders and be inspired to use their new knowledge to expand and grow their events. It will be an opportunity to network and collaborate with local and regional sports events planners, venue facilities and vendors.

“The Oregon Sports Summit provides an opportunity for addressing mutual challenges that face every sports event organization, as well as a platform for networking and sharing of ideas and resources,” says Janis Ross, Executive Director of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission. “This event has been on our wish list for several years, and we are delighted to see it come to life in a way that includes not only Lane County sports organizations, but all of Oregon. This full-day educational conference further reinforces that the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is truly a champion of sports in Oregon.”

Sessions topics:

  • A Spotlight on Social Media Platforms: Tools of Promotion and Engagement
  • Volunteer Acquisition and Management
  • Sponsorships
  • Event Crisis Management: The Backstory
  • Event Management
  • Working with Interns
  • Working with Facilities
  • Generating Media Coverage
  • Responsible Sports
  • Group Housing

This event is 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.

Registration for the Oregon Sports Summit, presented by Travel Oregon, is now open and includes a Welcome Breakfast, a Keynote Lunch and snacks throughout the day. Registration also includes an After Party with networking opportunities for all attendees.


Early Registration (ends 1/12/17) - $75

Registration (1/13/17 – 1/31/17) - $95

Day of Event Registration (2/2/17) -$125 *limited number


Presenting Sponsor: Travel Oregon

  • AHM Brands
  • City of Eugene
  • McKenzie SewOn
  • Venue 252
  • Shelton Turnbull
  • Bicoastal Media
  • Sinclair Broadcasting
  • Oregon Sports Authority
  • TechnaPrint
  • Lane United Football Club

For more information:

Contact: 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;


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. These assets currently include a digital Sports Planner Guide, the SportsTown Awards program and the Oregon Sports Summit Education Conference. For more information, go to

Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $633 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2015.