By David “Dirk” Smith, M.Sc, CSCS, SDL (He/Him)

Over an action-packed weekend in September, Sports Diversity Leaders representing Compete Sports Diversity and other organizations came to Buffalo, New York to tour the city, visit sports facilities, checking out the sites and attractions, showcasing the diversity of Buffalo as a destination.

As part of our work with the Compete Sports Diversity Council is to establish relationships and connections with sport leaders and destinations all over the country to consult and develop diversity, equity, and inclusion in sports. This is where our work on #SportsDiversity is rooted by connecting LGBTQ+ and diverse sport clubs and organizations with destinations to ensure that those who bid to host LGBTQ+ and diverse sports events are walking the walk on #SportsDiversity.

During our visit, the team at Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission showed excellent hospitality and were on hand to help answer our questions and learn more about the Buffalo community. We met with amazing people from the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission and the Pride Center of WNY along with many others who helped us experience the diversity of Buffalo’s community and culture.

We are excited to have built this connection with the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission and to experience the hospitality and diversity that Buffalo has to offer. We look forward toward developing our relationship further toward expanding our work with such an excellent team to work with.