About

The Savannah Sports Council was established in 1993. Our mission is to develop sport-related events that impact our community. By working with local, regional, national and international organizations the Savannah Sports Council supports a wide range of events that offer a diverse opportunity to athletes of all ages and all sports. The Savannah Sports Council works in conjunction with Visit Savannah and Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce to enrich the city of Savannah and Chatham County.

The Savannah Sports Council is not only committed to attracting new sporting events, but is also focused on creating its own events that impact the community. The Savannah Sports Council currently owns and operates the following events:

  • Enmarket Savannah Hockey Classic
  • Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K
  • Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run
  • Georgia Power Sports Award Luncheon

HISTORY

The Savannah Sports Council was established in 1993 with a mission to market the city of Savannah and Chatham County as a site for local, regional, national and international sporting events. The sports council has grown significantly since its inception, hosting or supporting more than 35 events annually.

The Savannah Sports Council works in conjunction with the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah. Made up of the area’s top business leaders, the Chamber of Commerce mobilizes and connects businesses to drive community development and public policies that promote sustainable growth. Visit Savannah, the biggest division of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, is the designated destination marketing organization for the Greater Savannah area.

Together, these organizations work to bring businesses and visitors to Savannah. More than 12 million tourists visit Savannah every year, with many of those visitors coming for sporting events run by the sports council.

Through the years, the Savannah Sports Council has brought in marquee events from hosting the 1996 Summer Olympic Sailing events to bringing in a 20,000 runner Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. These strong-impact events are also being bid on for the future so that Savannah can keep growing as one of the top tourist destinations in the United States.

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MAJOR EVENTS RESUME

2022 S.P.O.R.T.S. The Relationship Conference
2021 AAU Age-Group National Gymnastics Championship
2021 NAIA Lacrosse Nationals
2019 NAIA Senior Football Classic
2018 Senior Softball USA
2018-Present Savannah Showdown Volleyball Tournament
2017 Tormenta FC vs. Charleston Battery Exhibition Match
2017 USA Masters Weightlifting Championships
2016-2017 Savannah Invitational
2016-2019 SOWO European Experience
2015 – 2016 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships
2015 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Super Regional
2015-Present Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K*
2014 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Super Regional
2013-2015 The Color Run
2013, 2017 YMCA National Gymnastics Championship
2011-2021 Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon
2011 USGA Women’s State Team Championship
2010-Present Courtney Kupets PINK Gymnastics Invitational
2010-2019 EVP Pro-Am Beach Volleyball Tour
2009-Present USTA Savannah Challenger
2009-2019 Savannah Speed Classic
2009 AAU Age-Group National Gymnastics Championship
2008/2014 U.S. Sports Congress
2007-2009 Special Olympics Georgia Masters Bowling
2006/2010 National Baton Twirling Championships
2006-2007 Champboat Grand Prix
2005 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship
2004-2014 GACA All-Star Basketball Showcase
2003-2013 PGA Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf
2003-2007 Saltwater Shootout Kingfish Tournament
2003/2008 Tour de Georgia
2002-2004 Savannah Diamond Classic (Collegiate Baseball)
2002/2003 APDA Offshore Grand Prix
1999-Present Enmarket Savannah Hockey Classic*
1999 Junior World Weightlifting Championships
1996 Summer Olympics: Sailing
1991-Present Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run*

*Events owned and operated by the Savannah Sports Council

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