Meet the 2018 Connect Sports Tourism Excellence Award Winners

By Connect Sports Staff, August 28, 2018

Connect Sports is pleased to introduce to you the winners of the 2018 Connect Sports Tourism Excellence Awards, sponsored by Best Western. These people, events and facilities were recognized at Connect Sports in Salt Lake City. Congratulations to all!


Jeff Dyrek USA BadmintonSports Event Organizer of the Year (Nonprofit)

Jeff Dyrek
USA Badminton

 


TIm EllisHotel Professional of the Year

Tim Ellis
Wyndham Hotel Group

 


NJCAA World SeriesBest Amateur Sporting Event of the Year

NJCAA World Series
Grand Junction, Colorado

 

 


Meijer State Games of Michigan

Best Homegrown Sporting Event

Meijer State Games of Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan

 


NXL Paintball World CupBest Adult Sporting Event of the Year

NXL Paintball World Cup
Kissimmee, Florida

 


PittsburghSports Venue of the Year

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh

 

 


Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest

Fastest Growing Sporting Event of the Year

Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest
Pittsburgh

 


John DavidSports Organizer of the Year (For profit)

John David
USA BMX

 

 


NAGAA World Series

LGBTQ Sporting Event of the Year

NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series

 


Vince ChelenaCommunity Hero Award

Vince Chelena
Turn Two for Youth

 


Travel PortlandSports Supplier of the Year

Cathy Kretz and Michael Cavanaugh
Travel Portland

 

 

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