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American Youth Football Signs Five-Year Deal with Kissimmee Sports


Kissimmee, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – The Kissimmee Sports Commission and American Youth Football, Inc. have signed a five-year partnership agreement for the annual American Youth Football & Cheer Championships to continue being hosted in Osceola County through 2022. This event generates nearly $8 million in direct economic impact annually and brings 19,500 overnight visitors to the area each year.

American Youth Football, Inc. is an independent non-profit corporation that provides support services, grants, giving back programs, and tournament opportunities to over 25,000 youth football and cheer teams from all 50 states and internationally. The American Youth Football & Cheer National Championships has been hosted in Kissimmee since 2007. 

“The AYF Championships is the culmination of our youth development program, which focuses on training, motivation, academics, and community involvement,” said Joe Galat, President and CEO of American Youth Football. “This is the world’s largest youth football event and an incredible accomplishment and opportunity for these kids. We’re excited to keep bringing our teams and event to Kissimmee.” 

The AYF cheerleading championships will continue to be hosted at Osceola Heritage Park, while the football championships will remain at the Austin Tindall Sports Complex, an outdoor sporting venue currently undergoing $10.7 million in renovations and expansion. This massive improvement project, funded by Osceola County, will benefit the American Youth Football Championships as the event and the AYF organization continue to grow. 

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with AYF for another five years,” said Jeff Kuenzli, Facility Director at Austin Tindall Sports Complex. “Our expanding footprint and ability to change our facility to meet our client’s needs makes Austin Tindall Sports Complex a perfect fit for this caliber of event.” 

These facility accommodations as well the overnight accommodations available in the destination played a substantial role in securing the extended partnership agreement. 

“AYF brings a wide range of guests to the area each year, and Kissimmee is able to provide an equally diverse range of accommodations to fit every visitor’s preference,” said John Poole, Director of Kissimmee Sports Commission. “With over 50,000 accommodation options, plus the nearby theme parks and attractions, it’s an ideal destination for AYF participants and their families to enjoy the entire sports travel experience.”

The American Youth Football & Cheer Championships is a weeklong event scheduled in mid-December from 2018 through 2022. Official dates to be released. 


About Kissimmee Sports Commission:
The Kissimmee Sports Commission is a brand extension of Experience Kissimmee, the official tourism authority for Osceola County. The Kissimmee Sports Commission pursues and attracts amateur sports, both traditional and nontraditional, plus a variety of high-profile sporting events to the Kissimmee destination. Sports tourism is responsible for bringing more than 300,000 visitors to the popular Central Florida destination annually, producing approximately 200,000 room nights and exceeding $100 million in economic impact to the community.

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About American Youth Football, Inc.:

American Youth Football, Inc. is an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides support services, grants, giving back programs, and tournaments to over 25,000 youth football and cheer teams in 50 states and several countries worldwide. Since its inception in 1996, AYF has donated over $15 million in grants and athletic products to communities that support youth football. AYF was the first national organization to offer all-incisive football divisions, enabling every child a place to play.


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