Rocky Top Sports World Named a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

GATLINBURG, TN – Rocky Top Sports World has been recognized as a 2020 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management magazine. The facility won the award by hosting the Kohl’s Kicking National Elite Camp and Invitational Scholarship Camp events amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rocky Top Sports World is being nationally recognized due to the economic impacts of several events.

“We salute Rocky Top Sports World and its staff for being able to cooperate in conjunction with organizations such as Kohl’s Kicking Camps to safely reopen the facility, when many were still closed, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020,” said Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner.

The national event, held on July 16-19, 2020, brought in camp attendees from 48 states and two countries and saw the largest attendance ever for Kohl’s Kicking Camps. The timing of the event was also extremely impactful for the community, bringing nearly 2,000 people to the area and with a total economic impact of $1.28 million.

“The city offers its thanks to the staff of Rocky Top Sports World for their work and dedication to create ways to host events, such as the Kohl’s Kicking Camps, to generate economic activity in our community when many businesses had just reopened after the COVID-19 shutdown,” said Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle.

Both Kohl’s Kicking Camps staff and Rocky Top Sports World staff worked together to ensure compliance within the CDC guidelines. Rocky Top Sports World also hosted the 2021 Kohl’s Kicking National Elite Camp and Invitational Scholarship Camp events and will host both camps again this summer.

“From day one, Rocky Top Sports World has been an incredible economic engine for Sevier County, and it became even more so as businesses began to reopen during the early days of the pandemic,” said Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters. “We are thankful for the hard work of the staff, and we are excited to host elite events such as the Kohl’s Kicking Camp.”

About Kohl’s Kicking Camps: Kohl’s Kicking Camps are the leaders in training kicking, punting, and snapping specialists for football from high school players all the way up through the NFL. Their coaching staff is some of the best in the business and include both active and former NFL players. Their evaluations are considered the Gold Standard nationwide and they are the only camp used by ESPN to rank specialists and by the Under Armour All-American Game to choose specialists.

About Rocky Top Sports World: Rocky Top Sports world is an 80-acre sports complex located in the heart of the Great Smoky mountains offering seven outdoor fields and an 86,000 square foot indoor venue equipped with six basketball courts. For more information on our facility, visit