Nominations are now being accepted for awards show to honor sports business professionals from Greater Orlando’s sports ecosystem
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 28, 2023) – The Greater Orlando Sports Commission (GO Sports) has opened nominations and announced the date for the 2023 SPORTYS awards. With Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute returning as the presenting sponsor, the 2023 SPORTYS: Greater Orlando’s Night of Champions will air on WKMG-TV News 6 on Saturday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m. EST. A live watch party and reception will take place at the Orlando Health Fortress at Full Sail University with registration opening at 6:00 p.m., followed by the live watch party at 7:00 p.m. and an Orlando sports industry post-event reception at 8:00 p.m.
From 2011 through 2013, the SPORTYS awards show recognized dozens of athletes and professionals for their unwavering work in the community and performance in our local sports industry.
In 2020, the SPORTYS returned with a new focus: honoring sports business professionals whose contributions and impact are vital in making Greater Orlando one of the country’s premier sports destinations. With more than 50 finalists being recognized each year in 2020 and 2021 and more than 60 finalists recognized in 2022, the SPORTYS are proud to showcase all that is being done by the hard-working professionals in Greater Orlando’s sports ecosystem. Each year, finalists and viewers also helped GO Sports raise money for various programs at Heart of Florida United Way.
The categories for 2023 are listed below, along with the list of winners from 2022.
“We are thrilled to officially open nominations for the 2023 SPORTYS,” said Sharon Line Clary, Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Communications for AdventHealth and Chairman of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission Board of Directors. “Since the SPORTYS returned in 2020, it has become a staple of our annual calendar. We’ve celebrated more than 160 finalists over the last three years, including many prominent leaders in our industry, and we expect to receive a record number of nominations again this year. We look forward to another chance to showcase the talented sports business professionals who make up Greater Orlando’s sports community.”
“We’d like to extend our thanks to both WKMG-TV News 6 and Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute, who return as our broadcast partner and presenting sponsor, respectively, for the fourth year in a row,” said Jason Siegel, President & CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. “We are also excited to work with our partners at the Orlando Health Fortress at Full Sail University to host this year’s watch party and Sports Industry Reception.”
Nominations are now being accepted online at GreaterOrlandoSports.com/SPORTYS. The nomination period will close on Monday, April 17, 2023 and a voting committee will determine the finalists and a winner for each category. Finalists will be announced publicly in advance of the broadcast and the winners will be revealed during the televised show and watch party on Saturday, June 17.
Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Michael D. Kalinich at Michael@greaterorlandosports.com.
2023 SPORTYS Award Categories 2022 Award Winner Names & Organizations
Best in Sports Media Jamie Seh, WKMG-TV News 6
Best in Corporate Partnerships Tristan Marra, Florida Citrus Sports
Best in Venue Operations Kathleen Murphy, UCF Athletics
Best in Business Operations Rick Allen, 2022 Special Olympics USA Games
Best in Gameday & Team Operations Elijah Williams, Jones High School
Best in Marketing Kevin Coulthart, Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride
Best in Communications & PR Joel Glass, Orlando Magic
Best in Social Responsibility Gregory Bird, City of Orlando’s Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center
Best in Sales Cooper Farrer, Orlando Magic
Sponsorship Activation of the Year Orlando Magic & Florida Blue
Executive of the Year Terry Mohajir, UCF Athletics
Chairman’s Award of Excellence Chris Carmody, GrayRobinson, P.A.
About the Greater Orlando Sports Commission
GO Sports is a private, non-profit organization established to attract and manage sports-related events, conferences and activities that drive positive economic development in the City of Orlando, Lake County, Orange County, Osceola County, and Seminole County. Founded in 1992-93, the organization has hosted or co-hosted more than 1,600 events in the Greater Orlando area with a total economic impact exceeding $2.6 billion in spending within the community. For more information, please visit GreaterOrlandoSports.com.