Improving the quality of life of Dallas residents. It's not just a feel-good statement we make. It's a commitment that we work hard to accomplish. We start by helping our major events like WrestleMania, The NCAA Women's Final Four, and the NFL Draft execute their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives at local children's hospitals, schools and non-profits. We also execute our own events that provide members of our community with experiences and opportunities that may otherwise not have access to, such as the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee, Cotton Bowl Stadium Prep Showcase and the MexTour Reading Program. The Dallas Sports Commission is committed to making our community a better place to live and raise families.
Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee
The Dallas Sports Commission presented the 61st Annual Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of SMU in Dallas. Our 2019 winner, Abhijay Kodali, and our two runner-ups, Rohan Raja and Sohum Sukhatankar, received an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the nation's oldest and most iconic competitions.
Spellers were welcomed to the competition with a taped message from former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush.
On the national level, Dallas spellers have proven to be a force to be reckoned with! Dallas spellers swept the top three spots at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee, only to be topped in 2019 with three spellers, Abhijay Kodali, Rohan Raja and Sohum Sukhatankar, being crowned co-Nation Champions!
The Dallas Regional Spelling Bee is open to 4th-8th grade public, private, charter, and home school students within the 35-county Dallas region to become part of the 11 million students who take part across the country every year. Go to www.dallasspellingbee.com for additional information.
MexTour Reading Program
The Mexican National Team has entered into a landmark partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, FC Dallas, and the Dallas Sports Commission to bring the Mexican National Team U.S. Tour to AT&T Stadium thru 2022. This is the first partnership of its kind between an NFL Team, an MLS Club, and a top international sports federation.
Dallas' partnership with the Mexico National Team is more than just one day and one match. It is about engaging and giving back to our community, providing opportunity for the youth within our region to experience something truly special, celebrating the culture, creating new soccer fans, and igniting the passion and excitement of our community to truly make this the home of the Mexican National team throughout the year.
For this first year of the partnership, we looked to do this in a number of ways. We have initiated a reading program for students in K-5th grade with the goal of this challenge being to promote bilingual literacy for students in the greater Dallas region. Year one districts included Mesquite, Dallas, Arlington, and Frisco ISD's. Students, teachers or parents recorded the number of minutes the student read, in either Spanish or English, each day onto their reading log sheet. The competition ran from April 8th – May 10th and school districts introduced the competition to the grades/programs they saw fit for year one. Grades and competitions could include any of the following:
- All K-5th students
- All students in an individual grade
- ESL students K-5th
"This is an important element in engaging our community as the Mexican National Team calls Dallas its home-away-from-home for the next four years and we want to congratulate all the students and schools that participated." said Monica Paul, Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission.
A Reading Challenge Celebration was held in May 2019 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. Porter students read over one million minutes to lead all schools. We look forward to building MexTour Reading Challenge over the next three years of this landmark partnership!
Cotton Bowl Stadium Prep Showcase
The 4th Annual Cotton Bowl Stadium Prep Showcase will take place on September 6 & 7 and features some of the Dallas-area's premier high school football programs. The 4th Annual Cotton Bowl Stadium Prep Showcase is a two-day, four-game event featuring eight 6A football powers inside the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. Game announcements, dates and times will be made in the Spring of 2019.
High Schools that have played in past Cotton Bowl Stadium Prep Showcases include Cedar Hill, Denton Guyer, Euless Trinity, Garland Lakeview Centennial, Jesuit, Lake Highlands, Mansfield Lake Ridge, Mesquite Horn, North Mesquite, Plano East, Rockwall, Rowlett, Sachse, Skyline and Waco Midway.
For more information visit cbsprepshowcase.com