INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Team Indiana awarded three grants to sports destination partners throughout the state. The Team Indiana partners include Hamilton County Sports Authority, Visit Fort Wayne, and Visit South Bend Mishawaka, each using grants to host events from late July to early August.
The grants support operations surrounding the AAU Diving National Championships in Noblesville, State Wars National Championship in Fort Wayne, and The Ohio Lacrosse Festival in South Bend that were each relocated due to COVID-19 restrictions in their original locations.
“The events supported by Team Indiana Grants benefit our communities by generating significant economic impact through visitor spending,” said Shannon Sullivan, Director of Statewide Initiatives and Events at Indiana Sports Corp. “Fans and participants who attend sporting events stay in hotels, eat at restaurants, and visit attractions in our Team Indiana communities. In 2019 alone, Team Indiana Grants supported 11 events with a total economic impact of nearly $20 million.”
Grant funding is provided by the Indiana Destination Development Corporation and administered by Indiana Sports Corp. A grant committee with statewide representation determines all grant awards, which are meant to assist communities in growing valuable sports events and attracting new business to Indiana.
Pete Nelson, Team Indiana Grant Committee Chairman and Sports Sales Manager at Visit Bloomington said, “COVID-19 has impacted many industries over the last few months, and tourism has been one of the hardest hit. We have been lucky to see youth sporting events begin to rebound, and Indiana has seen an uptick in events looking to relocate to our state, thanks to our central location, facilities, and health orders structured to help prevent the spread of the virus at tournaments. The Team Indiana Grant Program offers much needed support to communities, especially as they have the opportunity to host new events that will have a tremendous positive impact on their community.”
Team Indiana Grants are available for tourism or sports-related organizations hosting events in Indiana.