The St. Louis Sports Commission is the independent, privately-funded nonprofit organization that makes St. Louis a better place to live, visit, work and play through sports. Its efforts focus on attracting, creating and managing major sporting events for the St. Louis region. The organization uses the power of sports to enhance the area’s quality of life and to create economic and social benefit for the community.
Since its inception in 1989, the Sports Commission has fulfilled its mission by producing high-profile events that generate excitement, revenue and positive exposure for the region. The organization helps make St. Louis a stronger and more vibrant community. It adds to the impact of the area’s professional and collegiate teams to make a great sports community even better. By achieving the highest level of success with its events, the Sports Commission has fortified St. Louis’ status as an outstanding sports destination.
The organization’s event résumé includes:
1994 U.S. Olympic Festival
1996 & 1998 Big 12 Football Championship
1998 U.S. Open – Track & Field’s Farewell to JJK
2000 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships (Also hosted in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2017; and awarded 2021)
2000 U.S. Gymnastics Championships
2001 & 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four
Missouri vs. Illinois “State Farm Arch Rivalry” (2002-2003 & 2007-2010)
2002 NCAA Men’s Basketball 1st/2nd Rounds (Also hosted in 2014 & 2016)
2004 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional (Also hosted in 2007, 2010 & 2012)
2004 U.S. Olympic Women’s Marathon Trials
2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials
2004 Athens Olympic Torch Relay
2005 NCAA Men’s Final Four
2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
2006 NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup
2007 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four
2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
2010 & 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship
2011 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey West Regional
2012 & 2013 USA Cross Country Championships
2012 USA Gymnastics Visa Championships
2013 Senior PGA Championship
2014 Curtis Cup
2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships (awarded 2022)
2015 & 2018 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship
2016 P&G Championships – Women’s Gymnastics
2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Gymnastics
2017 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four
2017 & 2018 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships
2018 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament
2018 SEC Gymnastics Championship
2018 PGA Championship
Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament (annual)
Biz Dash 5K (annual)
The Musial Awards (annual)
Reflecting a vision to be a leader and innovator – in addition to an event producer – the Sports Commission takes the lead in celebrating and furthering St. Louis’ Olympic legacy and contributions to the Olympic movement as host of the 1904 Summer Games. The organization represents St. Louis in the World Union of Olympic Cities. This affiliation enables the region to maintain a valuable place among exclusive international company and the world’s greatest cities.
The Sports Commission also operates the St. Louis Sports Foundation, its 501(c)(3) charitable affiliate. The Foundation was established as a legacy of the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1994 to enrich the lives of area children. Today, it focuses on promoting sportsmanship and creating positive environments for kids to play sports so they lead healthier, happier lives. Foundation programs inform and inspire those involved in youth sports. Reaching out to coaches, parents, administrators and young athletes, the organization strives to make youth sports more enjoyable while reinforcing the importance of respect, civility, selflessness and integrity.
As part of its commitment to sportsmanship, the Sports Commission produces the Musial Awards, one of the most meaningful and inspiring nights in sports. Honoring the legacy of the late St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial, the Musial Awards recognize the greatest moments of sportsmanship in North America. The event takes place annually at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis and celebrates remarkable examples of character, kindness, selflessness and integrity in sports – virtues Stan the Man embodied.
In addition to the Musial Awards, the Sports Commission manages the National Sportsmanship Foundation, a movement based in St. Louis aiming to change the way society views and values sportsmanship. By building better sports, the organization helps shape more productive, responsible and healthy adults for the future who will contribute to a more civil society.
A catalyst for civic benefit, economic development and charitable good, the St. Louis Sports Commission has been recognized as a leader in its industry and in the community. The organization has been selected as the National Association of Sports Commissions’ Member of the Year three times (2002, 2005 and 2013). The Sports Commission also has received several awards from local civic groups, including the Saint Louis Attractions Association’s 2010 Spirit of St. Louis Hall of Fame Award, FOCUS St. Louis’ 2006 What’s Right With The Region Award, and Downtown STL’s 2005 Levee Stone Award. Additionally, the Sports Commission was named a Top 50 Company by the St. Louis Regional Chamber in 2007.
The recognition is a testament to the Sports Commission’s value to St. Louis and its efforts to help grow, strengthen and advance the region through sports. For more information on the St. Louis Sports Commission and its events, visit stlsports.org.