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Phoenix Regional Sports Commission changes name

Phoenix Regional Sports Commission Executive Director Alan Young announced today a new name for the organization that promotes and operates amateur sporting events in Arizona.  The organization will now be known as the Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission.

“Our mission is to enhance our communities through sports,” said Board Chairman Kemp Ellis.  “We feel that the new name reflects our goals of assisting all of Arizona in bringing sporting events of all types for participation and economic impact.”

Young and Ellis also announced the hiring of longtime sports and business leaders Wally Kelly as CEO of the new organization, Doug Blouin as President of Marketing and Dan Lewis as Executive VP of Marketing and Government Relations.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with the State of Arizona and all our communities to better enrich the growth of sports and fitness throughout our great state,” said Wally Kelly.  “I am honored to have the privilege to serve in this Chief Executive role and look forward to our future growth and development.”

Wally Kelly recently retired after 11 years as Chairman & CEO of CBS Outdoor where he directed all market operations in South America, US, Canada and Mexico. For the past 33 years, he has played a significant role in outdoor advertising industry.  He currently serves on the board of directors for The National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame Foundation and the Outdoor Advertising association of America where he was elected as Chairman for three years. One of his most significant achievements was receiving the Myles Standish Award in 2007, which is the highest honor in the industry.

The Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission is a non-profit organization created in 1988.  The Commission currently collaborates with hundreds of partners to help fulfill this mission, bringing national and international sporting events to the state, assisting in the promotion of existing events and Arizona sports teams, and developing youth sports programs throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. In 1999, it assumed oversight of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2012, the Grand Canyon State Games.

For more information about the Commission call (602) 258-6272 or visit www.phoenixsports.org.

Alan Young, Executive Director of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, welcomed Mark Daus, Owner and President of X-Treme Apparel as the new Presenting Sponsor of the Grand Canyon State Games, Lori Piestewa Native American Games and the Official Merchandise Sponsor of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission.  The partnership signifies a new chapter for X-Treme Apparel, which already has an 18-year history with the Grand Canyon State Games.

PRSC strikes 2-year deal with X-Treme Apparel

The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission and the Arizona State University Grand Canyon State Games announced a new, two-year partnership agreement with X-Treme Apparel.  The new partnership positions the company as the Presenting Sponsor of the Arizona State University Grand Canyon State Games and the Lori Piestewa Native American Games, as well as the Official Merchandise Sponsor of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission.

Based in Phoenix, X-Treme Apparel has an 18-year history with the Grand Canyon State Games.  It will work with the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission (PRSC) to continue to support the Grand Canyon Summer and Winter Games, plus the Art and Essay Contests, as well as PRSC events such as the Arizona Soccer Showcase, Arizona Sports Hall of Fame and others, to be determined.

“We are pleased, after being involved with the Grand Canyon State Games for 18 years, to step up with this sponsorship and help continue the legacy created by Erik Widmark and his staff over the past 18 years,” says X-Treme Apparel Owner Mark Daus.  “We look forward to working in partnership with the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission to grow our businesses as our relationship grows and we continue to assist youth sports in our community.”

X-Treme Apparel, which recently completed a fundraising campaign for the Granite Mountain Hotshots over the summer, also served last year as the official screenprinter of the Arizona Centennial.

For the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, the new sponsorship provides the opportunity to work with a long-time event partner and vendor who now is even more deeply committed to the continued success of the Grand Canyon State Games.

“X-Treme Apparel has been a great supporter of the Grand Canyon State Games and we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue building a relationship with Mark and his company,” says PRSC Executive Director Alan Young.  “With the support of Mark and his company we can ensure our mission, “To Enrich Our Community Through Sports.”

The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission is a non-profit organization created in 1988.  It currently collaborates with hundreds of partners to help fulfill this mission, bringing national and international sporting events to the state, assisting in the promotion of existing events and Arizona sports teams, and developing youth sports programs throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.  In 1999, it assumed oversight of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2012, the Grand Canyon State Games.

Online registration begins December 5, 2013 for the Arizona State University Grand Canyon State Games presented by X-Treme Apparel.  For more information call (480) 517-9700 or visit www.gcsg.org.

For more information about the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission call (480) 517-9700 or visit www.phoenixsports.org.