Who We Are
The Springfield Sports Commission is a mission-driven organization, working to contribute to the economic development of Springfield by bringing quality sporting events to the Springfield area.
We’re on a Mission
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life and stimulate positive economic growth for our community by promoting and developing the Springfield area as a sports venue for quality amateur, collegiate and professional sporting events.
Our Game Plan
The Springfield Sports Commission actively solicits new sporting events for the city. It is a clearinghouse for the scheduling of sporting events in the area. The Springfield Sports Commission assists organizations in the development of new and existing events, and can organize volunteer forces to assure that all events make a positive impression on participants.
The Springfield Sports Commission brings together individuals and organizations and combines the knowledge of local sports entities and sports-minded businesses who are enthusiastic about the future of youth, high school, college and professional sports in the Springfield area.
Lance Kettering was named the Executive Director of the Springfield Sports Commission and Sports Sales Manager for the Convention & Visitors Bureau in March 2010.
Kettering and the Sports Commission team position Springfield as a quality destination for sporting events by actively soliciting new and repeat sports events for the city. Kettering is responsible for the management, marketing and operation of the Commission.
Since 2010 and Kettering and staff have signed the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships to consecutive three-year commitments (2012-2017), signed and brought two Premier Baseball National Championships to Springfield annually from 2012-current. Kettering and staff created the 1 Awards, the Sports Commissions annual recognition event for Ozarks area athletes. Other accomplishments include the development of a new website, new logo and the production of a new membership sales program as well as working with numerous local sports entities in the bidding and securing sporting events for the community. Kettering also served as Tournament Director for the 2010 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Super Regional at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield.
Prior to being named Executive Director of the Sports Commission, Kettering spent twelve years at Missouri State University, serving most recently as Director of Corporate Relations and Marketing from 2007-2010, Assistant Director of Athletics Development from 1999-2007. Kettering also served as Logistics Coordinator for the 1996 Summer Olympics Games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. Kettering obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Management from Missouri State in 1996 and Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in 1997.
Katie Johnson was named the Assistant Director of the Springfield Sports Commission in November 2016. Johnson is enthusiastic about working for an organization that can be a strong economic driver for the community, while at the same time bringing multiple athletic events to town for residential and guest enjoyment.
At the Sports Commission, Johnson's concentration is to work on membership sales and retention, event implementation and marketing. Working to enhance the visibility of the Springfield Sports Commission and assisting the Executive Director with event development are also primary goals. Johnson also coordinates the annual Sports Commission Awards. The Sports Commission Awards, held annually in June is conducted in partnership with the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The awards celebrate and honor our local high school athletes in southwest Missouri.
Johnson is a Springfield native, graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in History from Missouri State University. After graduating, Johnson joined AmeriCorps Vista and worked with the Missouri River Communities Network and, more specifically, with the Hermann, Missouri tourism department. After returning from her year of service, Johnson eventually secured a position as the sales assistant for the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau where she worked for 5 years.
Johnson and her husband, Tim have two terrific kiddos who always keep them on their toes!
Meet Our Board
The Sports Commission Board of Directors is made up of sports-minded individuals and stakeholders in the community who work tirelessly to help us achieve our goals.
Sports Commission Awards
Managed by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and sponsored by Elliott Lodging, LLC., the Sports Commission Awards in one of our premier events of the year. The Awards give our organization the opportunity to honor the best local high school athletes in the Southwest Missouri area.
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