Welcome to Tacoma South Sound Sports

Who Are We?

Tacoma South Sound Sports is a non-profit organization that assists in the development of amateur athletic events in Pierce County. We serve to promote Pierce County as a destination for amateur sporting events to positively drive the economic development, shape the future of sports in the region, and influence the quality of life.

Our community partners, facility owners/managers and event promoters work together with us to provide excellent service and quality experiences for athletes and their family and friends.

Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission’s vision is to be the premier amateur sports destination marketing organization in the region.
To market Tacoma and the South Sound as a destination for tourism-generating amateur sports events and lead the development of athletic programs and venues throughout the region.
Our goal is to recruit annual (and sustainable) events that will generate valuable hotel room night stays and increase the local economic impact.
Since it’s inception in 1991, Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission has served the area by attracting and supporting amateur sporting events across Pierce County. These events contribute to millions of dollars in economic impact for the communities we serve.

What We Do

Tacoma South Sound Sports is the catalyst for tourism-driving amateur sports events that take place throughout Tacoma and the county. As a 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation, we serve greater Pierce County by establishing sustainable and impactful events that help boost our cities, towns and communities in positive ways. We work with local clubs, event promoters, venues, venue developers, and sports governing bodies that range from local state championships to national level US Olympic development.

We steer and advise multiple local and regional sports organizations. This points toward healthier roots that assist in making our communities strong and sustainable. Sports keep us healthy. A sporting community is a community of good neighbors that benefit from quality of life.

Our goal? To make and keep Tacoma and Pierce County the premier sports destination for the Pacific Northwest and beyond. To ensure Tacoma is the destination of future champions and recognized as the hub for excellence through competition.

Our services include:

  • Grants
  • Volunteers
  • Logistics
  • Marketing

Communities We Serve

Our Board of Directors

Exec. Board Chair
JEFF WOODWORTH
Woodworth Capital

Exec. Vice Chair
NIGEL ENGLISH
Senior Vice President
Heritage Bank Commercial Lending

Executive Secretary
TYLER SHILLITO
Attorney at Law
Smith Alling, P.S.

Executive Treasurer
DEBORAH WITTMERS
Tax Director
RSM McGladrey

DOUG ANDREASSEN
Chairman
US Soccer Federation, Diversity Task Force

Bennish Brown
Travel Tacoma/ Convention and Visitor Bureau
President and CEO

BRAD CHENEY
Executive Director
Ben B. Cheney Foundation

MARIZA CRAIG
Executive Director / Assistant CM for Comm. & Econ. Dev.
City of University Place 

KIM BEDIER
City of Tacoma
Director of Public Assembly Facilities

SHON SYLVIA
Metro Parks Tacoma
Assistant Executive Director

JEFF QUINT
Trio Group
Executive Vice President

JEFF LYON
Chairman and CEO
Kidder Mathews

DAVE MEADOWCROFT
President
Pinnacle Lumber

WILLIE STEWART
Retired School Administrator
Tacoma Public Schools

Our Staff

Executive Director
Dean Burke
Direct Line: 253.284.3259
Email: deanb@tacomasports.org

Sports Development Director
Fergus Hyke
Direct Line: 253.444.7735
Email: fergush@tacomasports.org

Event Services Director
Emily Tollefson
Direct Line: 253.327.1785
Email: emilyt@tacomasports.org