Jack Cormier

Lake Myrtle’s busy summer

More than 140 baseball teams rotated through Auburndale’s Lake Myrtle Sports Park by the middle of July, thanks to Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing’s relationship building with and tenacious recruiting of the Wilson Premier Championship West event. “This...

Welcome new PCTSM staff members

Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing has beefed up its starting lineup. Added to the staff was Matt Prewitt. Matt will work as a sales and events representative with PCTSM after spending five years with the St. Pete/Clearwater Sports Commission. While having both...

Upcoming Events

PCTSM will host the Florida ISA State Championships on July 20 – 22 at Bartow Softball Complex and Auburndale Softball Complex. More than 40 youth fastpitch softball teams from across Florida, ages 8-18, travel to Polk County for the tournament. PCTSM staff and the...
Ugandan teams visit Polk County

Ugandan teams visit Polk County

Two baseball teams from the African nation of Uganda – one U15, the other U18 – as well as a softball team, traveled to Polk County to take part in the Wilson Premier Tournament. The Ugandan players were from the Allen VR Stanley Secondary School for Math and Science...

Dewey’s dream comes true

More than 4,500 bowlers have descended on Polk County between May 5 and June 25, participating in the Florida State Bowling Association’s 2018 Florida State Open Tournament. Multiple disciplines, including team, doubles and singles, will compete at both Lakeland AMF...

Homeschool World Series another hit

It was another successful Homeschool World Series, which took place at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale. This year, the event drew 26 teams – six more than last year. In total, nearly 2,000 people came to town to cheer on their team for a $1.5 million...

Record attendance for All Sports Awards

A record crowd was on hand for the 18th annual Polk County All Sports Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Presented by The Ledger Media Group and Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing, the hosts of the evening, fittingly, were Ledger Publisher Brian Burns...

YBOA Inaugural Winter Nationals coming

If Youth Basketball of America (YBOA) has their way, Santa will be bringing Polk County businesses some extra presents after Christmas. The inaugural YBOA Winter Nationals will call Polk County home from Dec. 27 to 30, utilizing at least 10 different basketball courts...

Disney films movie scenes in Lakeland

A Disney movie based on the children’s novel “The One and Only Ivan,” featuring the experiences of a gorilla living in captivity in a shopping mall, will feature scenes shot in Lakeland. And while the Lakeland-based scenes for the film will be completed in the coming...

The art of the deal – PCTSM Style

Long before the hotel rooms are filled, the venues booked or the games scheduled, there comes the classic deal sealer – the handshake. Sometimes, it takes a long time to get there. When PCTSM recently extended the contract with Tough Mudder, Inc., to host their...