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RECOGNIZE THE HEROES OF THE SPORTS-EVENT INDUSTRY

RECOGNIZE THE HEROES OF THE SPORTS-EVENT INDUSTRY

About the Awards

While countless events during 2020 and 2021 were canceled, those that were able to continue found ways to adapt. Events were held under new circumstances, with new rules for participants and attendees, and new approaches to measure success as professionals in the sports-events industry displayed their creativity and energy.

This year's SportsTravel Awards will again honor the organizations, events and individuals who have gone above and beyond during a challenging and historic year and found ways to move the industry forward. SportsTravel invites you to nominate people or organizations from the sports-event industry for a SportsTravel Award, which will be presented at the TEAMS ’21 Conference & Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 27–30, 2021.

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Nominations Criteria: 

 

Criteria for selection include organizations, events or individuals who demonstrated not only resolve in the face of the current challenges but also reflected what is best about the people and the organizations in the sports-event industry. Nominees can include organizations, events or individuals that persevered in the past year, found new ways to approach their business and helped their communities and their industry emerge stronger from the pandemic.

If you know of people or organizations who have gone the extra length to support the industry or their community in the past year, we want to hear about them. Please provide as much information as you can about why your nominee is worthy, as well as contact information for our staff to reach out and hear more.

The challenges ahead are many. But the sports-event industry will rise to meet those challenges. The 2021 SportsTravel Awards will honor that spirit as we look toward a brighter future for us all.

Nominations will be accepted through July 30, 2021.

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION

Congratulations to the Past Winners

2020 Winners

NBA

NBA

By launching and executing a successful end to its 2019–2020 season in a bubble environment in Orlando, Florida, the NBA led the way for professional sports organizations to return to the field of play. The league also helped advance new forms of COVID testing to ease the way back for players.

Texas Amateur Athletic Federation

TAAF

With its state games event canceled due to COVID, TAAF donated its unused medals to people who performed good deeds in their communities such as donating blood, non-perishable foods or money to a foodbank. 

MGM Resorts Foundation

MGM Resorts Foundation

The MGM Resorts Foundation raised more than $7 million for its Employee Emergency Grand Fund and helped with the delivery of more than 500,000 meals and 100,000 masks for community health needs during the early stages of the COVID pandemic. 

The Giving Games

Giving Games

With the 2020 Olympic Games being postponed, an effort to raise money for U.S. national governing bodies allowed people to donate to specific sports and see their names appear on the virtual podium as the highest donors. The fundraising effort helped many NGBs stay on their feet during a difficult and challenging year.

2019 Winners

2019 STA Winners

BEST PROFESSIONAL SPORTS EVENT:  2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, France

BEST PROFESSIONAL SPORTS EVENT:  2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, France

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, won by the United States in thrilling fashion over the Netherlands, was named the Best Professional Sports Event after being staged in nine cities across France. It was the second consecutive World Cup championship for the United States and fourth overall. This is the second time the Women’s World Cup has won this award, previously winning in 2015.

BEST COLLEGIATE SPORTS EVENT:  2018 Army-Navy Game, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

BEST COLLEGIATE SPORTS EVENT:  2018 Army-Navy Game, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Best Collegiate Sports Event was the 2018 Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, won by Army for the third consecutive year. More than 70,000 people attended the annual game, which featured a 17–10 victory by the Golden Knights. It is the second time the event has won this award, winning previously in 2013.
BEST AMATEUR SPORTS EVENT: 2019 AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships, Orlando, Florida

BEST AMATEUR SPORTS EVENT: 2019 AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships, Orlando, Florida

The Best Amateur Sports Event was the 2019 AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, which featured 2,800 boys and girls teams with more than 45,000 competitors, 10,000 coaches, 600 college coaches and 100,000 spectators. It is the second time the event has won this award, having won in 2017.
BEST NEW SPORTS EVENT:  2018 SuperPower 5K, Toronto, Ontario

BEST NEW SPORTS EVENT:  2018 SuperPower 5K, Toronto, Ontario

The Best New Sports Event was the 2018 SuperPower 5K in Toronto, Ontario, which combined the sport of running with gaming and cosplay to extend the scope of FAN EXPO Canada.
BEST NEW OR RENOVATED VENUE:  Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minnesota

BEST NEW OR RENOVATED VENUE:  Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minnesota

The Best New or Renovated Sports Venue was presented to Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, the new home of Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United FC. The stadium hosted an MLS playoff game and also landed a CONCACAF Gold Cup match and spot on the United States women’s soccer team victory tour. It is the first MLS team to win an award.
BEST SPORTS HOST CITY:  Las Vegas, Nevada

BEST SPORTS HOST CITY:  Las Vegas, Nevada

The Best Sports Host City award went to Las Vegas, a city that opened a new Triple-A baseball stadium, was the host for the NHL and NASCAR award ceremonies, debuted the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces and hosted "The Match: Tiger-Phil," all while continuing preparations for the arrival of the Raiders in 2020.
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