OLYMPIC RINGS TO MAKE A PERMANENT HOME IN THE REGION
ST. LOUIS – Feb. 5, 2018 – The St. Louis Sports Commission unveiled its plans today to raise the profile and impact of its region’s involvement in the Olympic Movement. Led by its Olympic Legacy Committee, the privately-funded nonprofit organization is embarking on a multi-phase effort to enhance the community’s engagement in Olympism. Its goal is to inspire awareness and pride in St. Louis’ Olympic affiliation, and to positively impact St. Louis through its opportunities as an Olympic city.
The project has the approval of the International Olympic Committee, which, in a major step, is granting the Sports Commission’s Olympic Legacy Committee permission to display the Olympic rings – one of the most iconic symbols in the world – at the venues where the 1904 Summer Games took place. Because the 1904 Olympics predated the existence of the rings, St. Louis previously did not have the ability to use the symbol.
ORGANIZATION’S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP TO AWARD $17,500 TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WHO EXEMPLIFY OUTSTANDING SPORTSMANSHIP; TOP WINNER WILL RECEIVE $10,000
APPLICATION PACKET NOW AVAILABLE
ST. LOUIS – Jan. 31, 2018 – The St. Louis Sports Commission is accepting nominations for its annual Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors from the St. Louis metro area who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship. This year, the organization will award $17,500 in scholarship funds with the top award winner receiving $10,000 to apply to higher education expenses. Administered by the Sports Commission Associates – the Sports Commission’s young professionals group – the scholarship program is part of the organization’s efforts to celebrate and elevate sportsmanship in the community.
The Sportsmanship Scholarship application packet can be obtained online at sportsmanship.org/scholarship or by calling 314-345-5130. Nominations must be received by April 16, 2018. The recipients will be selected by April 30.
EFFORT LAUNCHED TO INSPIRE REGION THROUGH PRESTIGIOUS OLYMPIC CITY DISTINCTION
ST. LOUIS – Jan. 22, 2018 – With the goal to inspire awareness, pride and future opportunities connected to St. Louis’ enduring status as an Olympic City, the St. Louis Sports Commission will soon unveil a series of initiatives reigniting the region’s Olympic legacy. As a first step, the organization has established the St. Louis Olympic Legacy Committee to lead the effort. The Committee has been working with the International Olympic Committee this past year to initiate a multi-phase project celebrating St. Louis’ contributions to the Olympic movement as host of the 1904 Olympic Games. It will also focus on future opportunities for St. Louis to engage and participate in Olympism.
EVENT TO MAKE ITS FIRST-EVER APPEARANCE IN ST. LOUIS
ST. LOUIS – Dec. 19, 2017 – After more than three years of anticipation since the SEC awarded its men’s basketball tournament to St. Louis, we are less than three months away from the event tipping off in the Gateway City. The tournament is set for March 7-11 at Scottrade Center. All-session tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Scottrade Center box office. The all-session ticket books are $360 and provide admission to all 13 games and seven sessions. All available tickets are located in the mezzanine level.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – All-session tickets are now on sale for the 2018 SEC Women’s Gymnastics Championship, which will be held at Chaifetz Arena in Saint Louis, Mo.
All-session tickets range from $15 to $23 (plus applicable service fees) and provide admission to both sessions of the championship on Saturday, Mar. 24. The one-day championship will include all eight teams from the conference. The rotations will be set up in two sessions, with seeds 5-8 competing in Session I at 2 p.m. CT and seeds 1-4 competing in Session II at 6 p.m. CT.
TEGNA STATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY TO RUN BROADCAST ORIGINATING FROM ST. LOUIS
SHOW TO AIR ON KSDK CHANNEL 5 IN PRIMETIME ON DEC. 18
ST. LOUIS – Dec. 8, 2017 – Just in time for the holiday season, a show that will uplift and make you feel good about the human spirit. A special one-hour presentation of the Musial Awards will air in at least 12 U.S. cities starting this weekend and throughout December.
ORGANIZATION ADDS 10 NEW DIRECTORS TO ITS VOLUNTEER BOARD
ST. LOUIS – Nov. 10, 2017 – Mark Lombardi, PhD, president of Maryville University, is the new chair of the St. Louis Sports Commission. The Sports Commission’s board of directors elected Lombardi to a two-year term effective Jan. 1, 2018. He will lead the volunteer board of the privately-funded nonprofit organization, whose mission is to make St. Louis a better place to live, visit, work and play through sports.
“I am honored to help promote St. Louis as one of the great sports cities of America,” Lombardi said. “The St. Louis Sports Commission will continue to create support and promote an array of youth, collegiate and professional sports as well as enhance our reputation as the capital of sportsmanship in the USA.” Read More
ST. LOUIS – Nov. 7, 2017 – All-Session tickets are now on sale for the 2018 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in St. Louis. All-Session tickets provide admission to all three sessions of the Championships at Chaifetz Arena on April 20-21. Tickets can be purchased online at NCAA.com/WGymnastics, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Chaifetz Arena box office.
Gymnastics clubs and groups of 10 or more can purchase group tickets by calling Jenna Mueller at 314-977-5008.
JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE TO RECEIVE MUSIAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WHEN GREATEST MOMENTS OF SPORTSMANSHIP ARE CELEBRATED IN ST. LOUIS ON NOV. 18
ST. LOUIS – Oct. 17, 2017 – She has been called the greatest female athlete of her time. It’s a reflection of the success she achieved as a track and field superstar. But it’s also an apt way to describe Jackie Joyner-Kersee as a person. She is the greatest. The East St. Louis native and six-time Olympic medalist is as gracious, kind and humble as they come.
For embodying those virtues on the track and throughout her life, Joyner-Kersee is receiving the highest award for sportsmanship: the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award. It will be presented to her at the Musial Awards as part of an extraordinary night celebrating and elevating sportsmanship in America. The event takes place on Nov. 18 at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
ABBEY D’AGOSTINO AMONG THOSE BEING CELEBRATED IN ST. LOUIS ON NOV. 18 FOR EXTRAORDINARY SPORTSMANSHIP
ST. LOUIS – Oct. 5, 2017 – The standout story of sportsmanship from the Rio Olympics will be celebrated at the Musial Awards in St. Louis on Nov. 18. Abbey D’Agostino is set to attend the event and be recognized for the remarkable selflessness she displayed at last year’s Summer Games.
In the 5,000-meter race, the American runner collided with Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand causing both athletes to fall to the track. D’Agostino got to her feet, but instead of continuing on, she helped Hamblin up and encouraged her to finish the race. Moments later, Hamblin returned the favor as D’Agostino’s leg buckled from injury. Both runners crossed the finish line, an especially amazing feat for D’Agostino, who was diagnosed with a torn ACL. Next month, the Topsfield, Mass., native will receive the Musial Award in St. Louis for her extraordinary sportsmanship.