Durham Sports Commission

2019 Annual Report

The Durham Sports Commission is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to create economic and social impact by leading the community's efforts to attract, support, and promote youth, amateur, collegiate, and professional sporting and recreational events. The DSC is governed by a Board of Directors that is made up of nine members appointed by the City of Durham, Durham Chamber of Commerce, and Durham County. The DSC is operated by Discover Durham and was established in August 2016.

A note from the

Chairman of the Board

As a young organization, the Durham Sports Commission is still experiencing many exciting firsts.

This past fiscal year, we owned and operated our first national championship, the 2019 USA Track & Field National Youth Outdoor Championships – Durham’s first national track and field championship since Duke University hosted NCAAs in 2000. With such a strong track and field community in Durham, I am proud of DSC’s work to win the bid and host an event of such size and stature in the first three years of our existence. Without a sports commission, the community could have gone another 20 years without such an opportunity. We also happened to do all of it in style, as USATF often remarked that they hadn’t seen any other host destinations do some of the things we dreamed up and executed.

Some of the nation’s best athletes traveled to Durham to compete during the event on June 25-30 at the Durham County Memorial Stadium. And, Durham’s best local talent was able to stay home and compete against the best – with many athletes from Bull City Express, Triangle Champions Track Club and the Durham Striders finding their way atop the podium.

In addition to hosting the USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships, we're pleased to report that after three years of incredible success as a new organization, the parties who support the DSC – the City of Durham, Durham County, Durham Chamber of Commerce and Discover Durham – have turned their original pilot agreement into a permanent plan for supporting the DSC and ensuring its success for the future. The confidence and longevity of the agreement allows for more flexibility for DSC and includes built-in growth, enabling staff to bid on and plan for events as far out into the future as makes sense. For a young organization, there could be no better news.

With the new agreement, we know we’ll be able to help more organizations like The Durham Senior Long Ball team that won and organized a Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament serviced by DSC – the first tournament in 30 years that Major League Baseball hosted in North Carolina. We’ll welcome and host events like ACC Baseball FanFest again in the future. We’ll be able to partner with more cutting-edge organizations to host more esports like the Triangle eSports Championship that took place for the first time in February. We will continue to champion Durham for years to come.

Thank you, sports fans and community members, for all that you do in support of the Durham Sports Commission and our vision. I encourage you to follow the DSC on social media (@DurhamNCSports), visit the website, or call the office to keep in touch. We know our efforts to showcase Durham as a premier sports destination rely heavily upon our community’s support and we welcome your feedback and ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.

Team roster

Our Board

George Habel

George Habel  

VP/Special Projects
Capitol Broadcasting Co.

Terrence Holt

Terrence Holt
Vice Chairman

Holt Brothers, Inc.

Susan Scott

Susan Scott

Chief Advancement & Marketing Officer  

Omar Beasley

Omar Beasley
Immediate Past Chair

Self Employed

Mitch Moser

Mitch Moser

Deputy Director of Athletics/CFO
Duke University

Dan Hill

Dan Hill

Hill, Chesson and Woody

Tommy Hunt

Tommy Hunt

Former ACC Referee & Supervisor of ACC Football Officials

Bill Kalkhof

Bill Kalkhof

former CEO of Downtown Durham Inc.

Ingrid Wicker-McCree

Ingrid Wicker-McCree

Director of Athletics  

A Year in Review

A Message from Executive Director
AShleigh Bachert

Economic impact and key indicators

Durham Sports by the Numbers


2018-19 Economic Impact


Room Nights


Event Attendees


events supported



Big Wins


Families, fans and athletes from across the country descended upon Durham to compete in Durham’s first-ever national championship meet. The Durham Sports Commission worked tirelessly with Durham County Memorial Stadium officials and staff to promote, host, and manage the USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships, coordinating with media and the national governing body to keep athletes safe and produce record-breaking results.


The Durham Senior Long Ball team won the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament hosted this past summer in Durham! The team then flew to Florida to participate in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series from August 4th-9th. This is the first time in 30 years that Major League Baseball has hosted a regional tournament in North Carolina.


The Kramden Institute, Triangle Literacy Council, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Sony and Lenovo partnered with the Durham Sports Commission to host the Triangle eSports Championship (TEC).

TEC 2019 took place at the Durham Armory on February 10th and brought together thousands of esports enthusiasts and gamers to compete against one another in the Triangle’s first charitable gaming tournament of its kind. Hundreds of participants and spectators, along with a significantly larger number of online/streaming viewers participated.

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Community Engagement

Advisory Committee

As the DSC works towards building a more pervasive sports culture in Durham, it has relied heavily on the work and input of its Advisory Committee. Through quarterly meetings, members from all corners of the community have discussed and provided input on the future and importance of sports in Durham as well as guidance on how the sports commission can be more effective.

ACC Baseball FanFest

Like last year, DSC owned and operated ACC Baseball FanFest this past May, bringing together the community for a free, family-friendly street festival. The team coordinated dozens of vendors, led marketing efforts, and collaborated with stakeholders to ensure both locals, visitors, athletes and fans had an incredible time.


9% Events

58% dIscover Durham


14% City of Durham

19% Durham County

As the DSC owned and operated its first national championship, a higher percentage of annual expenses was dedicated to hosting events this fiscal year. More than 45% of all expenses directly supported events that occurred in Durham.


2% Encumbered for future events

4% Facility Rentals

6% Sales & Services

11% Grants

15% Marketing & Promotions

29% Events

34% Operations

A word from the community


Working with The Durham Sports Commission (DSC) is any event director's dream! Since 2017, The DSC has supported Ron N Shoot (RNS) Sports Inc's events holistically! Whether it's financially sponsoring tournaments or providing materials to enhance the look of an event; players, coaches, and parents from all over the east coast have identified Durham as a hot spot for youth basketball because of the Durham Sports Commission's efforts!

Sherard A. Johnson
Ron N Shoot (RNS) Sports, Inc. President