Sports commission awards grants for events

Sam Meyer
Renee Smith

A total of nearly $40,000 in grants has been awarded to the organizers of upcoming sporting events in the Grand Valley.

The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission awarded the grants as part of its efforts to promote sports tourism and bolster the economy.

“We’re celebrating a milestone of sending money directly out into the community to help these events to be even more successful,” said Sam Meyer, chairman of the sports commission board. “This is living out our mission of attracting new sports events and enhancing existing events that positively impact our economy and community.”

The grants will support the Rocky Mountain Nordic Youth Championships, Maverick Stampede rodeo, Desert RATS Trail Running Festival, A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Grand Enduro, Grand Valley Half Marathon, Junior College Baseball World Series and Kids Adventure Games.

“Awarding funds to sporting events in the valley is one of the most rewarding things we do at the sports commission,” said Renee Smith, executive director. “So many fantastic organizations have applied and now have the opportunity to benefit from these funds to hopefully expand what they’re already doing or bring new ideas to the area with seed funds.”

Applications will be accepted through April 1 for grants for events scheduled for between July and December. More information is available at