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Dallas Sports Commission (DSC)
Executive Update, May 2019

Three Dallas Sports Commission Spellers Win National Spelling Bee Championship!

The 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in an unprecedented eight-way tie on May 30 and all three Dallas Sports Commission spellers were co-champions!  Abhijay Kodali of Flower Mound, winner of the 61st Annual Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee presented by the Dallas Sports Commission, Rojan Raja of the Dallas County Public Schools, and Sohum Sukhatankar of the Dallas County Private Schools represented the Dallas Region at the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee that took place May 26-31 in National Harbor, Maryland.  All three were among the eight students that made it through the 20-round final to be declared co-champions.

MexTour Reading Challenge Celebrates Porter Elementary's One Million-Plus Minutes Read

The MexTour Reading Challenge Celebration was held on May 22 at Porter Elementary in Mesquite.  Dallas Cowboys legend Everson Walls and FC Dallas player Johnny Nelson participated in the celebration as they each read a book to the students.  Mascots Rowdy from the Dallas Cowboys, Tex Hooper from FC Dallas, and Kin from the Mexican National Team were also at the celebration.  Porter students read over one million minutes to lead all participating schools.  This was part of the reading program initiated by the Dallas Sports Commission for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade promoting bilingual literacy as part of the MexTour partnership with the Mexican National Soccer Team, the Dallas Cowboys, and FC Dallas.  Students from Dallas, Arlington, Mesquite, and Frisco participated in a reading challenge based on minutes read in either English or Spanish.   

AT&T Byron Nelson

Coppell resident Sung Kang didn't have to travel far from home to capture his first PGA title as he finished 23 under par to capture the 2019 AT&T Byron Nelson at the Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.  Kang held off Brooks Koepka and Matt Every with a final round of 67 to take home his first victory in his 159th career start.  Trinity Forest hosted its second Nelson Tournament as former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was among the star-studded international line-up.

DreamHack Gaming Lifestyle Festival Debuts in Dallas

DreamHack, the world's premier gaming lifestyle festival, debuted in Dallas May 31-June 2 and became the largest DreamHack event in North America to date.  The 24-hour-a-day event featured  nearly $2 million in pro esports tournaments, collegiate and high school e-sports matches, world famous LAN party, music concerts, cosplay championship, panels, art gallery, arcade, virtual reality, expo and more.  More than 34,000 attended, proving that Dallas is a major player in the gaming universe!

Additional DSC events in May:

  • LOC meeting for MexTour Match & Fan Fest, May 1
  • Staff attended the NASC Sports Event Symposium in Knoxville, May 6-9
  • Hosted clients from O'Reilly Auto Parts, Top Golf and the Big 12 Conference at the AT&T Byron Nelson Pro-Am, May 8
  • Varsity Spirit – The U.S. Finals, May 11
  • Monica Paul participated in the FC Dallas Partner Summit, May 16
  • Staff attended the Get into the Game luncheon, May 16
  • Next Generation Cup soccer tournament, May 17-19
  • Dallas 2026 booth at Univision's Festival de Mayo, May 19
  • Staff attended DreamHack B2B Mixer, May 30
  • Olympic Development Program (soccer), May 31-June 2
  • Joe Albsmeyer participated on a DreamHack Esports Ecosystem Panel, June 2