PHOENIX – The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission was named the 2012 Large Market Sports Commission of the Year last week in Hartford during the annual symposium of the National Association of Sports Commissions. “We are honored to be recognized by our peers for the work we are doing to make Phoenix the premier location for sports tourism and events,” said Phoenix Regional Sports Commission President Jon Schmieder. “We won this award through the support of our local partners and the first-rate tourism and event infrastructure here in the Valley. By putting these elements together, we have had success in creating significant economic development through sports.” Schmieder was also recently honored with the 2012 Community Partnership Award by the Organization for Nonprofit Executives (ONE). He was recognized for developing community partnerships with the Sports Commission and for fostering a collaborative organization. The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission’s mission is to bring national and international events to Arizona, promote area sports teams and enhance youth sports programs. The Sports Commission’s largest fundraiser, the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, was held in late March. The next event for the Sports Commission is the Arizona Sprints Showcase, June 22 – 23, at Chandler High School, which will feature the country’s elite high school sprinters. For more information on the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, visit phoenixsports.org.