The mission of the Charleston Area Sports Commission (CASC) is to market the Charleston region as a premier destination for participant and spectator sports events that will generate overnight visitation to the Charleston region. The organization is an auxiliary organization of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB).
While the newly formed Sports Commission continues to fulfill the role of the Charleston Metro Sports Council (incorporated from 1999-2012), it has built great momentum as the region’s central sports agency, providing assistance and support services to event organizers and their visiting attendees. The leaders and staff have built an impressive portfolio over the last decade and is well-positioned to provide a number of services, within each phase of staging a sports event.
As a one-stop, “referral” shop, they work with all sports events, whether it is a first time, homegrown competition or a world-class, highly competitive-bid event. The ultimate goal is to ensure each event is a financial success for its beneficiaries and
an economic success for the Charleston community. Below is a list of the services provided to an sports event organizer, owner or planner.
Phase 1: ASSESSMENT or BID PROPOSAL ASSISTANCE
A prospective event to host in the Charleston area.
-Feasibility assessment and consultation for hosting a new event
including venue, city, event dates, local resources, etc.
-Referrals to special interest groups, associations, businesses and
key community leaders for assistance.
-Coordinate site inspections and familiarization tours.
-Confidential hotel inquiries and distribution of sales leads.
-Bid proposal materials: e.g. photos, videos, travel accolades.
Phase 2: EVENT PLANNING ASSISTANCE
Events already secured for the Charleston area.
-Distribution of sales leads to area hotels and service leads to
qualified attractions, restaurants, etc.
-Press releases to local and regional media list.
-‘Seal of Approval’ vendor and service listing.
-Area maps, graphics, editorial content for promo materials.
-Press announcements and event listings on websites, calendars.
Phase 3: EVENT EXECUTION ASSISTANCE
Staging an event in the Charleston area.
-Guides, flyers, coupons, etc. for sports travel groups / visitors.
-Sample tour itineraries for a variety of special-interest themes.
-Estimated Economic Impact (EEI) Profile
-Visitor Excerpt Survey samples
-Post-Event Report form
The Charleston Area Sports Commission is willing to entertain other requests
that may be unique to an event. Many event organizers have recognized
the value of developing a partnership and include the CASC as an in-kind
sponsor. This mutually beneficial relationship helps maximize marketing and
promotional efforts for both the event organizer and the Sports Commission.
For any questions, please contact Kathleen
Cartland, Executive Director, Charleston Area Sports Commission, Inc. at (843) 805-3030 or