Last week, the Miami-Dade County League of Cities announced that City of Homestead Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess has been appointed to represent the Miami-Dade County League of Cities in the Miami-Dade Sports Commission. The Sports Commission is a non-profit organization that was created in 2003 by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. Its mission is to connect the community through sports by promoting youth, amateur and professional sports in Miami-Dade County as well as to secure sports events that will generate economic impact for the community.
“I am honored to have been appointed to represent the interest of our cities in the Miami-Dade County Sports Commission,” said Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess who is the second vice president of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities, as well as member of its executive board. “We will work towards the goal of keeping our County as a premier destination for sporting events, which will foster economic growth and tourism.”
Since beginning full operation in 2004, the Miami-Dade Sports Commission has secured over 200,000 room nights, over $450 million in economic impact, and more than 50 events, including Wrestlemania XXVIII, the FHSAA Football Finals, Florida’s Sunshine State Games, the US Fencing Summer Nationals, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Regional, various USA Judo world events, USA Volleyball Girls Junior Olympic Championships and the 2012 PASO Seminar.
The Sports Commission also creates community events that focus on the importance of healthy and active lifestyles for all ages. These events include the Miami-Dade Senior Games, reaching out to athletes over the age of 50, Olympic Day, which promotes sportsmanship, teamwork and the Olympic spirit to our youth and most recently, winning a bid to bring the worldOutgames to Miami-Dade in 2017.