BLUEGRASS SPORTS COMMISSION

The purpose of the Bluegrass Sports Commission is to attract and support new and existing sports events at any level, such as the Bluegrass State Games, to the Central Kentucky Area.

There are more than 300 sports commissions in the United States currently. By working in close coordination with local CVBs, other community organizations and venues, the BSC can be a leader for Central Kentucky.

UK/UofL Basketball Game MVP Award

December 26, 2020

Louisville senior Carlik Jones and sophomore David Johnson were named the CO-MVP’s following the University of Louisville’s 62-59 victory over the University of Kentucky at the KFC Yum! Center.

Jones led all scorers with a game-high 20 points, along with five rebounds and two assists. Johnson added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, going 3-for-4 from behind the arc.

Since 2010, the Bluegrass Sports Commission has had the privilege of awarding the game MVP award to the most outstanding player in the Battle of the Bluegrass, the annual meeting between the University of Kentucky’s and the University of Louisville’s basketball teams.

The award has been given out since 2010.  Click here to see past winners.

The Bluegrass State Games is a non-profit program sponsored privately to promote amateur athletics across the Commonwealth. It is the signature event of the Bluegrass Sports Commission, designed to provide Kentuckians of all ages and skill levels a wholesome avenue for positive development through sports and physical activity, to promote and develop amateur athletics and to provide the amateur athlete an opportunity to showcase their talent and receive statewide recognition.

August 14, 2021

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, runners and walkers will return to the streets of downtown Lexington for a night of entertainment and activities.

The night begins with the Fastest Kid in Town race (ages 3 years and up) at 6 p.m., followed by the One-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 7 p.m. Concluding the night is the main event, the A Midsummer Night’s Run 5K, at 8 p.m.

Come and participate in the fun!

Register here!

The Barbasol Championship will be held for the third time, July 15 – 18, 2021 at Keene Trace Golf Club’s Champions course. In 2018, The Barbasol Championship became the first PGA TOUR tournament to be held in Kentucky since the Kentucky Derby Open was contested in Louisville from 1957-59. Gary Player claimed his first TOUR victory in the 1958 event.

The Arthur Hills-designed Champions course, located approximately 10 miles from downtown Lexington, opened in 1988 and has played host to a number of championships, including the 1994 USGA Senior Amateur, the 1993 NCAA Division One Men’s Championship, the Southeastern Conference Men’s and Women’s Championships, the Women’s Western Open, the Kentucky State Amateur and multiple Kentucky Opens. It consistently has been ranked as one of the best courses in Kentucky.

The Barbasol Championship was won by Troy Merritt in 2018  and Jim Herman in 2019.

In 2022, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will return to the cradle of the breeding industry and the heart of the Bluegrass state.  On November 4–5, 2022, Keeneland will hold the 39th championship event, marking the third time the venue has played host to the Breeders’ Cup.

UPCOMING EVENTS

UK/UofL Basketball Game MVP Award

December 26, 2020

Bluegrass State Games

Summer 2021

A Midsummer Night's Run

August 14, 2021

Barbasol Championship

July 15-18, 2021

2022 Breeders' Cup World Championships

November 4-5, 2022

Future Events

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Bluegrass Sports Commission leads initiative to bring Sports Complex to Lexington

 

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The Bluegrass Sports Commission is proud to collaborate and work with the following partner organizations…