Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Profile of David Gilbert and the successes of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

From the Cleveland Jewish News, a profile of the acting chair of Cleveland Special Events Corporation, host of Gay Games 9:

Dan Gilbert [owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers] gets a lot of credit for his plans to revitalize downtown Cleveland, as well he should. But there is another Gilbert - David who is directly responsible for generating around $370 million in area economic activity. This Gilbert is the founder, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

On Feb. 2, another sellout crowd of more than 1,200 packed the Renaissance Hotel for the 12th annual Sports Awards Dinner, hosted by ESPN's Erin Andrews. The banquet honored Austin Carr, "Mr. Cavalier," among others. Wilbert's outstanding work with the sports commission has led him full circle. Last year he became president and CEO of Positively Cleveland, formerly known as the Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he previously worked.

Representatives of sports commissions around the country were on hand to see how it is done. What they saw was pretty impressive.

Last year, the local sports commission hosted 11 national events, resulting in an estimated economic impact of $22 million. The $370 million figure comes from attracting, managing and/or creating more than 120 events. This year the sports commission is prepared to host 12 national events, including the Ohio Senior Olympics, which is a qualifying competition for the 2013 National Senior Games, which will also take place here. Also coming to town will be the American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division I National Championships and the 112th U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Championships. In addition, the Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival will be on the Cleveland sports calendar this year.

Keep reading HERE.

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