Florida State snags second Thrasher Cup

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Updated: Sun, 01/17/2016
By Nathan Deen

Moving from the heart of hockey to the Sunshine State was a tough transition for Brockington Maxwell.

He spent one year at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers before transferring to Florida State.

“Being an out-of-state student in Florida, you don’t know a single person, so you’re looking to get involved,” Maxwell said.

He started with the sport he grew up playing in Rogers, Minn., and inquired about FSU’s club hockey team.

FSU head coach Nataniel Boiangin is glad he did.

“He found us,” Boiangin said.

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Savannah bridge Run draws thousands

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Updated: Sat, 12/05/2015

Runners were about 200 feet above the city Saturday as they ran over the Talmadge Bridge for Savannah’s famous Bridge Run.

Organizers say it is the toughest bridge race in the south.

Runners race through downtown and then make their way up towards the bridge. Some runners say it was tough, especially the steep incline, as they ran up the bridge.

A member of a running group says this race is one of Savannah’s best.

“It was an overall great experience, because it’s so close and iconic in this area,” Josh Maxwell says. “I mean it’s a must do race. It’s one of those ones where you’re traveling in the area, and you’re looking for good races, the bridge run is, I’d say in Savannah, is a must do race every year.”
People ran the 5K and the 10K races, and some even ran them both with a short break in between.

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Savannah resident wins Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run poster contest

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Updated: Wed, 08/27/2014
By Business In Savannah

Savannah resident Jacy Vergara has won the poster design contest for the Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run and will receive a $1,000 grand prize funded by the Savannah Sports Council.

The design contest is held in conjunction with the bridge run, which will be staged in downtown Savannah on Dec. 6. The winning entry will serve as the official 2014 poster and the design will be used on t-shirts and various promotional materials.

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Publix, Sports Council to Host Women’s Race

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pdated: Wed, 07/16/2014
By Raymond Monasterski

A new road race is coming to Savannah, this one just for women.

Publix Super Markets and the Savannah Sports Council have partnered to host the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K, announced Tuesday at Forsyth Park.

The race, to be held on March 28, is expected to be another of Savannah’s premier running events, joining the Rock ’n’ Roll Savannah Marathon, The Savannah Bridge Run, and the Critz Tybee Run Fest.

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Sports tourism bringing more runners to Savannah

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Updated: Sat, 05/10/2014
By Julia Ritchey

Whether being pelted by colorful powder or surrounded by rock music, more runners will soon be headed to Savannah thanks to an uptick in sports tourism.

Ben Wilder, who heads the Savannah Sports Council, a division of Visit Savannah, said Friday that next week’s Color Run on May 17 has seen a spike in participation this year.

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EVP Tour brings beach volleyball to Tybee Island

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Updated: Fri, 05/09/2014

The EVP (Extreme Volleyball Professionals) Tour’s Beach Bum pro, amateur, coed and juniors series event is Saturday near the Tybee Pier on Tybee Island.

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Aussie Kyrgios continues winning ways at Savannah Challenger

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Updated: Mon, 04/28/2014
By Donald Health

Nick Kyrgios wasn’t feeling so good, and it had nothing to do with too much birthday cake.

The Australian professional tennis player, who celebrated his 19th birthday Sunday, suffered an abductor muscle strain a day earlier and had considered pulling out of his singles championship match at the $50,000 Savannah Challenger.

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Gators Win Thrasher Cup Again

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Updated: Sun, 01/19/2014
By Elmo Weeks

There was little doubt about whether Florida would win its second game in the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic on Saturday night against Florida State.

The only real suspense was how many goals would the Gators score and would the Seminoles score enough to block Florida’s attempt to win the Thrasher Cup for the second time. Florida (15-2, ranked No. 4 in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 3 South division) led 6-0 after the first period and glided to a 13-2 victory over the Seminoles that secured the Gators’ second Thrasher Cup in front of a sellout crowd of 5,615 in the Savannah Civic Center.

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Six collegiate hockey teams coming to Savannah

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pdated: Wed, 12/18/2013
By Benjamin Wilder

The Savannah Tire Hockey Classic — organized by the Savannah Sports Council, a division of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah — will play host to six of the South’s most exciting hockey teams for one of the biggest sporting events in Savannah on Jan. 16-18.

Since the tournament’s inception 16 years ago, there have been many memorable moments, including seven tournament championships by Georgia Tech, six by the University of Georgia and one championship each for Florida State and the University of Florida.

We have seen heated rivalries, nail-biting overtime games, and in the end, plenty of sportsmanship.

Every year, student athletes come to our city to participate in what some see as the biggest weekend of their hockey career. The players sign autographs after each game for kids who may have just seen his or her first ice hockey game, and they also make sure to stop by local charities while they’re in town.

Over the years the University of Georgia has gone to visit with children in at Memorial Health and Florida State has visited the West Broad Street YMCA for a day of community service.

The Savannah Tire Hockey Classic is grateful for the annual support given by the local business community, including a title sponsorship from Savannah Tire.

Sponsorships are still available for 2014 and are a great way to gain exposure, entertain current or potential clients and reward employees. The Savannah Tire Hockey Classic draws more than 10,000 spectators over three nights to the Savannah Civic Center each year.

Please join the Chamber for networking while enjoying hockey at the Chamber’s annual Hockey Business Connection from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. at the Savannah Civic Center.

Enjoy great networking, delicious food and a riveting hockey match between rival teams. The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $30 for member guests. That includes a ticket to the 7:30 p.m. University of South Carolina vs. The Citadel rivalry hockey game. For more information, contact Stephanie Boaen at 912-644-6458 or

Tickets for all Hockey Classic matches are on sale now and can be purchased in person or online. All military and college students will receive $2 off on tickets with a valid ID.

Ticket prices are $10 for Mezzanine on Thursday, $12 on Friday and $14 on Saturday; for Loge seating, tickets are $14 on Thursday, $16 on Friday and $18 on Saturday.

The Savannah Sports Council will also focus on families for each night of the tournament. Thursday night will be “Kids Night,” where all kids under 12 years old will receive free admission (limit four children per one adult ticket). Family ticket packages are available on Friday and Saturday nights.

To purchase tickets, please call the Savannah Civic Center Box Office at 912-651-6556 or go to

For more information about sponsorships please contact Ben Wilder, director of the Savannah Sports Council at 912-644-6414 or

Brown, Castro capture men’s titles at Savannah River Bridge Run

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Updated: Sun, 12/8/2013
By Nathan Dominitz

Not that other runners should feel lesser for their efforts, but Ben Brown won the Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run 10K on Saturday after a two-year hiatus from competitive road racing.

And it wasn’t even close.

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Georgia Power Sports Awards Luncheon held Thursday

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Updated: Thurs, 9/26/2013
By Frank Sulkowski


Local athletes and partners were honored at the Savannah Sports Council’s Sports Awards luncheon, sponsored by Georgia Power.

The Sports Awards Luncheon is an annual fundraiser for the Sports Council and an opportunity to recognize local athletes and industry partners. The event will feature the John F. Hodges O.A.S.I.S. Award, the Generations Awards, an Award of Excellence, the Sports Event of the Year Award and a “Top Moments in Sports” video produced by WJCL / Fox 28.

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Former Armstrong coach Roberts wins O.A.S.I.S award

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Updated: Wed, 09/18/2013
By The Savannah Morning News

Local athletes and teams will be the stars of the show once again at the Savannah Sports Council’s Sports Awards luncheon set for Sept. 26 at the Savannah Golf Club.

Each year, the Sports Council recognizes someone who has shown outstanding achievement in the Savannah sports world with the John F. Hodges O.A.S.I.S. Award. This year the honor goes to Joe Roberts, the longtime Armstrong Atlantic State University baseball coach, who recently retired as the winningest coach in NCAA Division II history.

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Savannah Sports Council: Celebrating 20 years of success

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Updated: Wed, 09/18/2013
By Benjamin Wilder & Jonathan Sykes

The Savannah Sports Council, a division of Visit Savannah and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

The Sports Council not only owns and operates several marquee sporting events such as the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic and Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run but also sells the Savannah market as a sports tourism destination on a daily basis.

Over the past 20 years, the sports council’s goal has been to develop sports-related events with local, regional and national organizations. This has been accomplished by providing a wide range of events that offer diverse opportunities to athletes of all ages and sports preferences.

Year after year, the sports council has grown its impact, leading to a record number of 44,541 hotel room nights sold in 2012, which included events such as the Rock ’n’ Roll Savannah Marathon , YMCA Gymnastics National Championship and EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

Creating a new brand

For its 20th anniversary, the sports council recently rebranded its identity with a new logo and website. The logo has been updated to have the sports council’s initials, SSC, form the lines on a circle that resembles a tennis ball. The word Savannah also was increased in size to make the destination more of a selling point when marketing the city to event planners around the country.

The group also launched its new website, The site will be used as a key marketing tool regionally and nationally to show what our destination has to offer and as an important way to communicate locally about upcoming events.

The site highlights the history of the sports council, features a detailed sports facilities section, displays an expanded calendar of events and showcases local universities and sports teams. The goal of the website is to position Savannah as a world-class sports event destination.

Celebrating 20 years

This month, the Savannah Sports Council will celebrate its 20th anniversary, as well as local athletes and sports organizations, by hosting the Georgia Power Golf Classic & Sports Awards Luncheon.

The golf classic will take place on Sept. 23 at The Savannah Golf Club, followed by the Sports Awards Luncheon on Sept. 26. The Sports Awards Luncheon will feature the John F. Hodges OASIS Awards, Sports Event of the Year, Award of Excellence and Generations Award(s). To attend either of these events, contact Jonathan Sykes at 912-644-6452 or

For the first time since its inception, the sports council has expanded its staff to include a new position. Jonathan Sykes, a recent Georgia Southern graduate and former sports council intern, was hired as sports event coordinator.

This position enhances the services the sports council offers to sports planners and sporting events and helps maximize sponsorships and production of events during the planning stages. The sports council is thankful to all of its community partners, corporate sponsors and volunteers, without whom our success would not be possible and looks forward to continually growing the sports tourism market in Savannah for many years to come.

Benjamin Wilder is the director of the Savannah Sports Council. Contact him at 912-644-6414 or