2017 Connect Sports Agenda

Saturday, August 19

All Day

Golf Arrivals

Sunday, August 20

7 a.m.

Golf Tournament (at Bayou Oaks at City Park)

Register: Planners | Suppliers

2 p.m.

Myrtle Beach Basketball Tournament (RELOCATED to Tulane University)

Register: Planners | Suppliers

Monday, August 21

12-6 p.m.


Registration + Reception: Get your name badge, meet the helpful Connect staff and introduce yourself to the new faces you’ll be learning alongside for the next three days.

4-7 p.m.

Pregame Hospitality Suite (Invitation Only)

Sponsored by Sports Virginia

7-10 p.m.

Opening Reception: Fête de Lumière

Enjoy a night at Mardi Gras World/River City Venues with the Mighty Mississippi River serving as the backdrop.  Excitement awaits with an atmosphere of lights illuminating throughout the night.  Stimulate your tastebuds with decadent bites that are woven into the cultural fabric of the community, served alongside the perfect pour that only New Orleans can provide.  Prepare yourself to dance the night away to the sounds and rhythm of our local artists.  And finally, cap off the night with a celebration of surprises rising high above the river!

Tuesday, August 22

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Registration & Information Desk

7:30-8:15 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

Join your colleagues for a morning bite before heading into the kick off general session and keynote speaker.

8:15-9:15 a.m.

General Session & Keynote Molly Fletcher

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

12:30-2:30 p.m.

Lunch & Keynote Neil Patrick Harris

2:45-3:30 p.m.

Game Changers Awards and Sports General Session: Be a Fan of Others

3:30-5 p.m.

Greater Ft. Lauderdale Connect Sports Tailgate presented by NCAA

5:30-9:30 p.m.

Open Night

Wednesday, August 23

7 a.m.

Wellness Activity: Riverfront Run/Walk Register Here

8-9:15 a.m.

Sports Tourism Excellence Awards Breakfast

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Education Sessions

12:30-1:45 p.m.


1:45-2:45 p.m.

CSR Project: No Child Hungry

Following lunch, Connect attendees will pack more than 25,000 meals through No Child Hungry. This project will provide nutritious food to children who don’t know where their next meal is going to come from.

3-6 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

6-7 p.m.

Myrtle Beach Basketball Tournament Championship Game

8-10 p.m.

Closing Reception at Generations Hall

Wrap up your time in New Orleans and get ready to get a taste of what is in store in Salt Lake! As you will learn, there is much to discover with our future destination. You won’t be disappointed with the musical acts (yes, we said multiple!), entertainment, drinks and food while networking with your peers.

*Agenda subject to change

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