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History

In 1997, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission (GWASC) was created by a large committee of leaders in our community that wanted an organization to enhance the quality of life through sports events and activities.

In 1997, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission (GWASC) was created by a large committee of leaders in our community that wanted an organization to enhance the quality of life through sports events and activities.

Organized as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit, GWASC was created to provide a community organization to attract, host, promote, and foster local development of amateur and professional sporting events and organizations in the greater Wichita area in the interest of improving business conditions in sports and sporting events related to businesses.

Our success is a tribute to our Board of Directors and staff who have worked very hard to allow us our success.

The financial plan for the GWASC included funds from membership, sponsorships and event sales, putting the organization’s success on our staff and the private sector of the community. These are the parameters the GWASC has operated under since its inception more than 20 years ago.

Our success is a tribute to our Board of Directors and staff who have worked very hard to allow us our success. After two decades of service to the Wichita community, we are more excited than ever to continue our tradition of hosting, recruiting, and developing various sporting events. We see great opportunity for Wichita sports to continue to thrive in the years to come!

Milestones for Wichita Sports

October 1997

GWASC formed

Dick Vitale Day

1998

Dick Vitale Day

1st Johnny Bench Award presented to Brad Cresse, LSU

June 2000

1st Johnny Bench Award presented to Brad Cresse, LSU

2002

U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

Took ownership of Wichita Corporate Challenge

September 2003

Took ownership of Wichita Corporate Challenge

April - June 2004

Hosted Women’s Intercontinental Bowling Championship

Successfully led Vote YEA! Campaign for a new downtown arena passed

November 2004

Successfully led Vote YEA! Campaign for a new downtown arena passed

Hosted FIVB World Volleyball League. They returned in 2009 and 2013

July 2008

Hosted FIVB World Volleyball League. They returned in 2009 and 2013

Hosted NBA exhibition game between the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets

October 2009

Hosted NBA exhibition game between the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets

INTRUST Bank Arena Opened

January 2010

INTRUST Bank Arena Opened

Took ownership of Prairie Fire Marathon

October 2010

Took ownership of Prairie Fire Marathon

Hosted USATF Junior Olympics

July 2011

Hosted USATF Junior Olympics

May 2013

Took ownership of Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon

January 2014

Wichita selected to host 2019 USBC Women’s Championships.

NCAA names Wichita 1st/2nd Round Host of 2018 Men’s Tournament

November 2014

NCAA names Wichita 1st/2nd Round Host of 2018 Men’s Tournament

2019

The refurbished Stryker Sports Complex opens featuring 11 all-sports turf fields

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