SARASOTA, FL– (November 20th) – During Nathan Benderson Park’s 2016/2017 event season, which ended September 30, 2017 with the culmination of the 2017 World Rowing Championships, Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA – the nonprofit that manages NBP on behalf of Sarasota County) achieved over $50M in economic impact for the region. As recently determined, approximately $22M of this total came from the World Rowing Championships and the 36 teams that came to train prior to the event. In addition to this highly successful event, NBP was host to over 45 additional events and welcomed over 50 teams to train on the water at NBP and at locations in Parrish and Osprey. This accounts for the remaining $28M+ of economic impact NBP has brought to the area.
“We are thankful for our many partners and volunteers who support and contribute to the success of the park throughout the year. SANCA is proud to continue our service to the community by operating one of Sarasota County’s finest parks and world-class venue,” stated Stephen V. Rodriguez, President and CEO of SANCA.
In addition to the World Rowing Championships, Nathan Benderson Park hosted numerous walks and runs alongside local nonprofits, large regattas such as FSRA Sweep and Sculling Championships, USRowing Youth National Championships, and the Sarasota Invitational Regatta, and international events like the World Biathle & Triathle and the Suncoast International Dragon Boat Festival.
The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA), is a not-for-profit business created to manage Nathan Benderson Park, a county-owned, community/public asset and world class, multi-use sports venue. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for our community and be an economic generator for the Sarasota-Bradenton area. SANCA’s primary purpose is to develop and promote Nathan Benderson Park as a world class event center, team training site and Sarasota County Park, while providing outreach programs through recreation, safety training, education and volunteering as a service to our community.