During my tenure as a Commissioner at the City of Newberry, Richard not only orchestrated what became an award winning Regional Parks & Recreation Department, but also he took the lead in creating Sports Tourism as the key economic strategy for the our city.
Former Commissioner, City of Newberry
Richard Blalock holds a position as President Emeritus and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Gainesville Sports Commission for 17 years. For his efforts in our community he has been awarded the “Bronze Gator” award 5 times. This award is presented by our Board of Directors to individuals that go above and beyond in the effort to enhance Sports Tourism in Alachua County.
Joleen Cacciatore, CSEE
Executive Director, Gainesville Sports Commission
Richard Blalock played an integral role in creating the public / private partnership between the City of Newberry and the Easton Sports Development Foundation. The agreement was to construct an international archery training facility and a public recreation center that became the Easton – Newberry Sports Complex. Since the facility opened Olympic teams from around the world have traveled to Newberry, Florida to train and the United States Olympic Committee has awarded the Community Olympic Development Program for Archery to the facility.
Director of Coaching and Programs, Easton Sports Development Foundation