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

Meet Our President & CEO

The Florida Sports Foundation welcomed Angela Adams Suggs as its third-ever President & CEO and Senior Vice President of Sports Development for Enterprise Florida beginning August 7, 2017.

Suggs came to the Foundation from Florida A&M University where she has held various roles since 2009. Her most recent role has been the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA).

Suggs served as the lead role in FAMU’s Athletics Marketing and Promotions, Development, Athletics Communications, Licensing and Branding. She was the athletics department’s primary liaison with campus direct support organizations (DSO), neutral site games such as the Florida Blue Florida Classic, affinity/support groups, and community relations. She oversaw administration for the men’s and women’s track & field and cross country teams along with the softball, men’s and women’s tennis teams, and spirit groups.

While Suggs has led the athletic administration of those teams, the Rattlers women’s cross country team has won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship (MEAC) for the last five years and the Softball team has been crowned MEAC Champs each of the last four years. The FAMU men’s tennis team won the 2017 conference championship. Additionally, the department received the Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All Sports Award for two consecutive years.

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. Suggs holds a 1992 B.S. degree in Business Economics from Florida A&M and a M.S. degree from St. Thomas University.

Angela is married to Davin Suggs, and the couple has one daughter Dillyn Ashleigh.

MEET OUR TEAM

Charlotte Cowen
Director of Administrative Affairs

850.577.7206

Michelle Roque
Director of Finance

850.577.7213

Erica Manz
Finance Manager

850.577.7210

Melissa Estremera
Finance & Grant Coordinator

850.577.7214

Jason M. Hendrix
Director of Communications

850.577.7201

Jacqueline Hightower
Director of External Affairs

850.577.7212

Liese Abili
Director of Sports Development

407.956.5664

Demetrius Burse
Executive Assistant to President & CEO

850.577.7208

Marvin E. Green, Jr.
Marvin E. Green, Jr.
Vice President of Amateur Sports

850.577.7205

Orenthious (OJ) Hill
Event Manager

850.577.7207

Karissa Pendleton
Event Manager

850.577.7211

Nick Gandy
Communications Consultant

850.322.3404

Amanda Ford
Event Coordinator for Administration

850.577.7202

Corey Dunnom
Event Coordinator for Operations

850.320.6074

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