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Sports Luncheon Series

The Waco Chamber loves their sports, which is why for over 30 years the 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. At the Sports Luncheons each year a scholarship committee awards a scholarship to two outstanding students in McLennan County. Below you will find a copy of the application for the Waco Chamber of Commerce Sports Luncheon Scholarships, as well as the Eligibility Requirements.

We will be mailing tickets out for each luncheon two weeks prior to each event. 


Kick Off Sports Luncheon 

The annual Kick Off Sports Luncheon is the precursor to Baylor and high school pigskin season in Waco. The next luncheon will be held in August 2020 at the Baylor Club.

Prior speakers have included Gary Baxter (former American football cornerback and Baylor football player), Charles Davis (an American football analyst on 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).

Tip Off Sports Luncheon

The Tip Off Sports Luncheon will be held in Oct. 2020, to provide a preview of the upcoming local basketball season for Baylor University and McLennan Community College. 

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.

Prior year speakers have included Holly Rowe, ESPN Reporter and Play-by-Play Commentator, ESPN basketball analysts Fran Fraschilla and Carolyn Peck, Carroll Dawson (former GM Houston Rockets), Shelby Metcalf (former A&M Coach), Bobby Knight (former Texas Tech Head Coach), Van Chancellor (2004 Olympic Coach & former Houston Comets Coach), Leon Barmore/Kim Mulkey, and Marion Jones (former Olympic Gold Medalist track and WNBA player).

First Pitch Sports Luncheon

This annual event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the Baylor Club and will provide a preview of the upcoming local baseball and softball season for Baylor University and McLennan Community College. Tickets can be purchased here

Prior year speakers have included the Texas Rangers, broadcaster and “former 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, former president of Texas Rangers Jeff Cogen, former Ranger and VP Jim Sundberg, Nolan Ryan and former Texas Rangers David Murphy.

Scholarship Information

Kick Off Luncheon 

  • 2019 Kick Off Scholarship Application Form (CLOSED)

Tip Off Luncheon 

  • 2019 Tip Off Scholarship Application Form (CLOSED)

First Pitch Luncheon 

  • 2020 First Pitch Scholarship Application Form (CLOSED)

All scholarship applications MUST be received by the deadline (not postmarked) at the Waco Chamber of Commerce. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions or concerns about deadlines or the process, please contact Brittany Knight at 254-757-5605.

For more information about sponsoring a sports luncheon or attending one of these events, call Amanda Haygood at (254) 757-5611.