American Shooters Association

Since its inception in 1993 the Archery Shooters Association, headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia, has hosted tens of thousands of amateur and professional archers from across the United States in national and state 3-D competitions. The state level organization is known as the ASA Federation, while the national level is theMcKenzie ASA Pro/Am Tour. The Federation has chapters in 30 states with over 7,000 members and 300 clubs. Features that distinguish ASA competitions include standardized competition rules; professionally executed shooting ranges; high standards for dress and conduct; safety standards that include a maximum arrow speed standard; the copyrighted 12-ring and 14-ring scoring system; and the largest paybacks in national competitive 3-D archery.

Gainesville Sports Commission

Founded in 1988, as the Gainesville Sports Organizing Committee, Inc., the Gainesville Sports Commission (GSC) is a not-for-profit organization that strives to promote tourism through sports while creating a positive economic impact on Gainesville and Alachua County. The GSC now helps to create an annual economic impact of about $18 million for our local economy. Since its inception, more than $160 million has been generated in direct economic activity from participants and spectators to GSC hosted and assisted events.

Florida Senior Games

The Florida Senior Games Series is a multi-sport event program for adults 50 and over. The series consists of events throughout Florida leading up to the Florida Senior Games in December. The Florida Senior Games is also a destination for top athletes throughout the US and internationally. No matter your skill level, we invite you to participate and experience the Games!

Sunshine State Games

Sunshine State Games is an Olympic-style festival program created throughout the state for amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels. Florida’s citizens have the opportunity and incentive to develop their physical talents and competitive abilities.

Of the more than 200,000 participants since 1980, many have gone on to fulfill Olympic dreams or championships glory. Thousands more have achieved personal goals and victories. They all have been a part of a great Florida tradition of amateur competition that symbolizes the true spirit of Olympic-style sports.

Richard Blalock has 40 years of experience in program and event development, facility development, as well as, developing public – private partnerships in the state of Florida. Richard has served on various community boards including 15 years on the Gainesville Sports Commission Board of Directors, and service as past president, 17 years as a Sports Director of the Florida Sports Foundation, 5 years on the Alachua County Task Force for Recreation Board of Directors, and service as past president; 2 years on the Board of Directors for the Newberry – Jonesville Chamber of Commerce and 1 year on the Alachua County Recreation Coordinating Council.

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.

Joe Hoffman

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.

Robert Romero

Director of Coaching and Programs, Easton Sports Development Foundation

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