Sports Luncheon Series


For over 30 years, the Greater Waco Chamber has hosted luncheons to excite the community for upcoming sports seasons. The three-part Sports Luncheon Series is held annually to help rally the community behind collegiate baseball/softball, college and high school football and college men’s and women’s basketball. At each Sports Luncheon, a scholarship committee awards a scholarship to two outstanding students in McLennan County. Check back in July 2020 for updated scholarship forms!

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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 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).

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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).

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First Pitch Sports Luncheon

This annual event was held Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the Baylor Club and provided a preview of the upcoming local baseball and softball season for Baylor University and McLennan Community College as well as a visit from the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

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 

Tip Off Luncheon 

First Pitch Luncheon 

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. Presenting sponsorship for the Sport Luncheon Scholarships provided by Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar.

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