By HENRY PRIMEAX III
Crown Bristow and Primeaux KIA
HONORING EDDIE SUTTON: I had the honor of presenting Coach Eddie Sutton the Bill Connors Sportsman of the Year Award at the Bill Connors Sports Dinner, an annual fundraising event for the Tulsa Sports Commission held this year on April 23 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. It was also an honor to be on stage with Coach Sutton’s wife and number one fan, Patsy.
Courtesy KAREN KEITH
Construction on the new Bank of Oklahoma Center is well underway, and when it is completed, Tulsa will have a major arena that will be among the finest in the nation.
The BOK Center will hold over 18,000 people, and the Tulsa Sports Commission is focused on bringing nationally significant events to the facility.
I have the honor to be the chairman of the Tulsa Sports Commission this year, and we have our sights on several important events that will bring high economic value, such as hosting the Big 12 and Conference USA Basketball Tournaments. The Mid-Con Men’s and Women’s Tournaments have been held in Tulsa the past several years, and the city is experienced in hosting major events such as the LPGA SemGroup Championship, the PGA and the U.S. Open. The Tulsa Sports Commission works to provide as much support as possible to these and other sporting events held in the area.
The mission of the Tulsa Sports Commission is to create a positive economic impact in the Tulsa region through attracting, developing, and facilitating amateur sports events, sports related conventions and other sports ventures enhancing the community’s quality of life.
In recent years, the Tulsa Sports Commission had a hand in attracting and producing sporting events that resulted in nearly $35 million in visitor spending. The TSC has accounted for over $250 million dollars in economic impact on the Tulsa community since its inception. The TSC is a founding member of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC).
Volunteers are very important to the Tulsa Sports Commission. The success of the events in the past is due to the dedication and effort of our volunteer corp. As we are able to attract larger events to the city, volunteers will become increasingly important.
Becoming involved with the TSC and its events is an investment in the community and the quality of life in Tulsa.
Volunteers help in areas such as dinner events, golf tournaments, collegiate events and staff support. If you are interested in volunteering for the Tulsa Sports Commission, call (918) 560-0246.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
We are looking forward to the opening of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame at the Union Depot (now the Jazz Depot) in downtown Tulsa this summer. CEO Chuck Cissel has been a true leader for music and entertainment, especially jazz, in our community. The Jazz Hall of Fame will induct six members on June 20. Read more about the event in Chuck’s column in this issue on page B3. In addition, the Jazz Hall of Fame will host its Jazzfest on June 23 at the Jazz Depot from 6 to 11 p.m., an event that will showcase Glenn R. Townsend, WallStreet, Grady Nichols and Harmonious Monk.
Come and Visit
Our Primeaux KIA dealership continues to be number one in the region and soon should be number one in Oklahoma. The construction at I-44 is complete, and it is now an excellent thoroughfare. Crown Bristow remains a five-star dealership. Come on down to 4747 South Yale, or drive over to Crown Bristow and give us a visit. We’ll beat any deal.