Scottsdale, Arizona – January 19, 2024

Compete Sports Diversity, a leading organization in promoting inclusivity in sports, has proudly selected Columbus as the host city for the highly anticipated 2024 Compete Summer Conference. The event is scheduled to take place from June 12 – 16, 2024.

Columbus earned this distinction due to its unwavering commitment to inclusion in sports, robust involvement in diverse sporting activities, and its high-level engagement with local businesses and community members.

“We are thrilled to bring the Compete Summer Conference to Columbus,” said Connor Shane, SDLT, Chief Operating Officer at Compete Sports Diversity. “The city’s dedication to fostering diversity and inclusion in sports aligns perfectly with our mission. We believe Columbus will provide an exceptional backdrop for this gathering of Sports Diversity leaders from across the United States.”

Key Highlights of the 2024 Compete Summer Conference:

  1. Dates: June 12 – 16, 2024
  2. Location: Lower.com Field – home to the 2023 MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew

The conference aims to bring together Sports Diversity leaders to foster collaboration, share insights, and drive initiatives to further promote inclusivity in sports.

“We chose Columbus not just for its vibrant sports scene but also for its welcoming and inclusive community. We look forward to a conference that not only enriches the knowledge and skills of our attendees but also strengthens the bonds within the Sports Diversity community,” added Shane.

Since 2014, Columbus has annually scored a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. Each June, Columbus hosts the largest Pride parade in the Midwest, attended by approximately 700,000 people. It’s also home to the 15th largest LGBTQ population in the U.S. and the only city to host the NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series three times.

“We are excited to host the Compete Summer Conference in Columbus later this year. Support and allyship for the LGBTQIA community has been an ongoing mission here for several decades in sports and beyond. Columbus is an open and inclusive city that will welcome conference attendees to feel right at home here,” said Linda Logan, CEO & president of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.

About Compete Sports Diversity:

Compete Sports Diversity is at the forefront of promoting diversity, inclusion, and equality in sports. Through conferences, education, events, and initiatives, the organization strives to create a more inclusive sporting landscape for everyone. Compete is dedicated to Unite the World Through Sports™.

For more information about the 2024 Compete Summer Conference, please visit www.competenetwork.com.

About the Greater Columbus Sports Commission:
The Greater Columbus Sports Commission’s mission is to rally Columbus to compete and win sporting events, providing a singular athlete and fan experience and positively impacting image, economy and lifestyle. Since 2002, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission has brought nearly 600 new sporting events to Columbus, generating an estimated $625 million in direct visitor spending. For more information, visit ColumbusSports.org.

Media Contacts:

Trayer Martinez, SDLT, Membership Manager, Compete Sports Diversity
trayer.martinez@competediversity.com | 505-801-4440

Jesse Ghiorzi, Director of Marketing
Greater Columbus Sports Commission
jghiorzi@columbussports.org | 513-461-1514