Sarasota is Sporty, Too!


Sarasota is Sporty, Too!

Posted by adminluy in Arts and Culture 24 Jun 2020
Typically, I like to highlight some of the many delicious restaurants, engaging arts activities and breathtaking performances that make Sarasota such a rich and vibrant place to live. While all of that is wonderful, there’s another aspect to Sarasota that’s just as exciting – our dedication to sports.   Let’s tee up some of the best of the best in sporting events and venues in and around Sarasota, shall we?
Just a short drive away in Bradenton is IMG Academy . This world-class training facility hosts sports aficionados at a variety of levels, from college to pro athletes and kids to adults. It also offers a boarding school for students who want to excel academically and athletically. The academy’s alumni and past trainees include No. 1 tennis players and Grand Slam champions, No. 1 overall NFL draft picks, top NBA athletes, successful PGA Tour and LPGA players and NCAA champions. The list includes Serena Williams , Cam Newton , Maria Sharapova and a host of other well-known athletes. There’s truly something for everyone at IMG. Adult camps at IMG offer customized training for different lengths of time to fit various schedules and needs. You can enjoy a sports retreat focusing on tennis, golf or performance.

Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota has become one of the premier rowing facilities in North America. The park hosts events that draw athletes from around the world, including the upcoming World Rowing 2019 Under 23 Championships . The competition will be held from July 24 to 28, and spectators can purchase tickets and enjoy watching the races. In 2018, the park also hosted the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships and the World Rowing Masters Regatta, so it’s a popular venue for many high-profile events. If rowing isn’t your sport, the park also offers many other kinds of events , including running, yoga and stand-up paddleboarding. The park has picnic areas, too, and a running and biking trail that encircles the beautiful 400-acre lake.

The Sunshine State is known for baseball spring training, and Sarasota is no exception. The new Cool Today Park – spring training home of the Atlanta Braves – just opened at the end of this season. The ballpark in North Port will host the team for 2020 spring training and beyond, so get ready to take in America’s pastime in a beautiful new stadium. Plus, the facility will host special events throughout the year for the community to enjoy.

The Baltimore Orioles also make their spring training home in Sarasota. There’s nothing like an afternoon of baseball, hot dogs and fresh air at Ed Smith Stadium. During the rest of the year, look for other fun arts-themed and family friendly events at the ballpark.

The Sarasota Open brings some top professional tennis players right here to the west coast of Florida. This year, the 2019 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open was held in April at Laurel Oak Country Club. Each year, tennis fans can watch the competitive matches during the several days of exciting play.

Sarasota is full of golfers who love to play and watch the game. The LECOM Suncoast Classic is the newest addition to the Tour – the developmental arm of the PGA Tour. In February, it was held at Lakewood National Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch. During the week, 144 players competed for a $550,000 purse. A five-year deal for the tournament means there will be more talented golfers headed to the area in years to come.

With our beautiful bay and Gulf of Mexico, the fishing here is fabulous. Do you like to relax on a boat, reeling in some fish at the same time? Or do you have a competitive fishing spirit? If the latter is the case, the Sarasota Slam might be for you. This year, this big fishing tournament will be held from August 8 to 10 with a home base of Marina Jack.

Whether your sport is fishing, golf, tennis, baseball, rowing or walking the Ringling Bridge, there are many opportunities to indulge your sporting interests in Sarasota. Play ball!
Warm Regards,

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