About Us

PROMOTING FLORIDA’S SPORTS INDUSTRY

THE FLORIDA SPORTS FOUNDATION

The Florida Sports Foundation, a 501(C) 3 non-profit corporation, is the official sports promotion and development organization for the State of Florida. It is charged with the promotion and development of professional, amateur, recreational sports, and physical fitness opportunities that produce a thriving Florida sports industry and environment. With a seemingly endless list of sporting ventures and venues, the Florida Sports Foundation strives to promote Florida’s unique sports industry. The Foundation’s staff is dedicated to serving the needs and interests of Florida’s sports community and assists with all questions concerning Florida sporting activities and issues.

MISSION & VISION

To create the thriving sports industry and environment, the Florida Sports Foundation:

  • Provides grants to support sporting events that bring out-of-state visitors to Florida;
  • Produces and distributes annual golf, fishing and boating, and baseball spring training guides for both in-state and out-of-state tourists; and
  • Organizes the annual Sunshine State Games, an Olympic-style festival for Floridians of all ages, and the Florida Senior Games State Championships for senior athletes, age 50 and over.

 

Angela A. Suggs
President & CEO

As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Sports Foundation, Angela Adams Suggs works to support Florida’s $57.4 billion sports industry.  In her role, Suggs leads the organization’s efforts to assist communities with securing, hosting and retaining sporting events and sports-related business through the Foundation’s grant programs; provide participation opportunities in the Sunshine State Games and Florida Senior Games; serve as Florida’s leading resource for sport tourism research and facts; assist in the promotion of targeted leisure sports industries in Florida; and assist national and state governing bodies to promote amateur sport development.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she held various roles at Florida A&M University, including Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA).

A native of Tallahassee, her previous experience includes work in sales with Brown and Brown Insurance, Joe Robbie/Pro Player Stadium and the Marriott Corporation. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Economics from Florida A&M and an M.S. degree from St. Thomas University. Angela is married to Davin Suggs and the couple has one daughter, Dillyn Ashleigh.

MEET OUR TEAM

Jacqueline Hightower
Director of External Affairs

850.577.7212

Jason M. Hendrix
Director of Communications

850.577.7201

Liese Abili
Director of Sports Development

407.956.5664

Demetrius Burse
Sports Development Manager

850.577.7208

Angie Moyer
Director of Accounting

850.577.7213

Erica Manz
Finance Manager

850.577.7210

Orenthious (OJ) Hill
Event Manager

850.577.7207

Karissa Pendleton
Event Manager

850.577.7211

Amanda Ford
Event Coordinator for Administration

850.577.7202

Corey Dunnom
Event Coordinator for Operations

850.320.6074

Nick Gandy
Communications Consultant

850.322.3404

LaToya Smithwick
Executive Assistant to President & CEO

850.577.7206

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