Sports Luncheon Series
The Greater Waco Chamber loves their sports, which is why for more than 15 years the Greater Waco Chamber has hosted a community wide luncheon to get everyone excited for the upcoming sports seasons! Three luncheons are held annually to help rally the community behind college baseball/softball, college and high school football and college men’s and women’s basketball. Each of these prestigious luncheons enjoys a sold-out crowd of 1,240 people to help launch each upcoming sport season within the community.
28th Annual Kick-Off Sports Luncheon
The 28th Annual Kick-Off Sports Luncheon, with presenting sponsor First National Bank of Central Texas, is the precursor to Baylor and high school pigskin season in Waco. The luncheon was recently held on August 17, 2016 with guest speaker Gary Baxter, former American football cornerback and Baylor football player.
Gary Baxter is a former American football cornerback and Baylor football player. He was drafted out of Baylor University by the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, where he had one of the longest consecutive starting streaks with the Ravens. Baxter later signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2005 and retired from the NFL in 2008. While in the NFL, Baxter received the Ed Block Courage Award for “Leadership On and Off the Field” while with the Browns.
Prior speakers have included Charles Davis (an American football analyst on Foxsports.com and former player), Bill Hancock (first executive director of the BCS), Bobby Bowden, Charlie Ward, Trey Wingo (ESPN), Brad Sham (voice of the Dallas Cowboys), R. C. Slocum (former Texas A&M Head Coach), Gene Stallings (former A&M and Alabama Coach) and Grant Teaff (former Baylor University Coach).
21st Annual Tip-Off Sports Luncheon
The First National Bank of Central Texas Tip Off Sports Luncheon was held Oct. 19, 2016 and provided a preview of the upcoming local basketball season for Baylor University and McLennan Community College. The guest speaker was ESPN’s College Basketball Analyst Fran Fraschilla. Fraschilla joined ESPN as a college basketball game and studio analyst in 2003. He serves as an analyst primarily on Big 12 men’s basketball games.
The Tip Off Luncheon includes a preview of Baylor’s upcoming college basketball season from Lady Bears’ head coach Kim Mulkey and Baylor Bears’ head coach Scott Drew. McLennan Community College women’s head coach Ricky Rhodes and men’s head coach Kevin Gill also provide a preview to their upcoming seasons.
Additionally, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce awards the Frank Fallon Award and the Greater Waco Chamber Sport Luncheon Scholarship, presented by First National Bank of Central Texas, to two outstanding student athletes from McLennan County.
Prior year speakers have included ESPN basketball analyst Carolyn Peck, Carroll Dawson (GM Houston Rockets), Shelby Metcalf (A&M Coach), Bobby Knight (Texas Tech Head Coach), Van Chancellor (2004 Olympic Coach & Houston Comets Coach), Leon Barmore/Kim Mulkey, and Marion Jones (former Olympic Gold Medalist track and WNBA player).
18th Annual First Pitch Sports Luncheon
This annual event was held Feb. 1, 2017 and provided a preview of the upcoming local baseball and softball season for Baylor University and McLennan Community College. The guest speaker was Scott Podsednik, motivational speaker and retired Major League Baseball player.
The luncheon will also present the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Sport Luncheon Scholarship, presented by Raising Cane’s, which will award scholarships to two outstanding students in McLennan County. Additionally, the luncheon will present the Annual Texas Sports Hall of Fame Award.
Prior year speakers have included broadcaster and “voice of the Houston Astros” Bill Brown, the Texas Rangers’ Chief Financial Officer Kellie Fischer, former American League President Dr. Bobby Brown, former Astros Manager Larry Dierker, president of Texas Rangers Jeff Cogen, former Ranger and VP Jim Sundberg, Nolan Ryan and Texas Rangers David Murphy.
Sports Luncheon Tickets
Sponsorships are still available for each sports luncheon. However, you can also purchase the Luncheon Series package at $1,100, which includes one table of 10 at all three of our Sport Luncheons. Single table prices for each individual luncheon are $450 and individual tickets are $45 outside of the Luncheon Series Package. Purchasing the Sport Luncheon Series packages not only reserves your company a table at all three luncheons, but it is a SAVINGS OF $250!
We will be sending tickets out for each luncheon the Monday two weeks prior to each luncheon. For example, Kick Off Luncheon tickets will be sent out August 1st. We will need contact information and a specified ticket address along with your renewal. Invoices for the 2016/2017 Sports Luncheon Series were sent out July 27, 2016, unless otherwise specified, and were a single invoice of $1,100.
For more information about sponsoring a sports luncheon or attending one of these events, call Amanda Haygood
at (254) 757-5611.
Make checks payable to the Greater Waco Chamber and mail to:
Greater Waco Chamber • P.O. Box 1220 • Waco TX 76703-1220