About the NSC
The NSCF has a dual mission:
To provide amateur sports opportunities to Minnesota residents
Even though the NSC produces impressive economic impact from out-of-state visitors through signature tournaments and events, 90 percent of participants and visitors are Minnesota residents. This includes athletes who play in leagues and tournaments and their families, spectators to amateur sports events, golfers at Victory Links, and attendees at numerous expos and private meetings. On an average day there are 12 different programs and events taking place at the NSC, and most serve the local community.
To generate out-of-state economic impact through amateur sports events and programs
Programs and events at the NSC generate over $70 million in annual visitor economic impact.
History of the NSC
NSC: Fund for Play
Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission
The NSC facility is operated by the National Sports Center Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Although the campus was originally purchased and developed with funds from the State of Minnesota, it operates as an independent organization and receives no annual appropriations from the state.
The video below chronicles the history of the National Sports Center with interviews from some of those who made it happen.
NSCF Sports Opportunities
Youth soccer programs and other field sports are held throughout the year and provide athletes, of all levels of skill, quality training, instruction, and competition. More than 10,000 youngsters from the Metro area participate in camps, clinics, leagues, and developmental programs on a year-round basis.
The foundation provides opportunities in ice sports for youth, including Minnesota’s largest figure skating educational program, as well as camps and tournaments for girls and boys in hockey on a year-round basis. The foundation also sponsors numerous other youth programs throughout the year, such as competitions, training, education, and clinics. All these amateur sports programs contribute to the physical education of young people and provide the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle through athletics.
The National Sports Center’s golf education programs serve nearly thousands of children annually by introducing young people to the skills, rules, equipment, and etiquette of the game of golf. The NSC takes pride in being a youth-friendly golf facility by offering youth players affordable rates, a wide range of instructional opportunities, and an accommodating and welcoming attitude toward young players.
The National Sports Center also promotes and organizes programs for volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and more.
The foundation’s programs contribute to the development of social networks in the community and also make a significant economic-impact contribution to the Twin Cities communities and the state of Minnesota.
The National Sports Center occupies a position of pride for Minnesota residents, and even more so for Anoka County, whose residents, businesses and political leaders frequently reference their pride in being home to such a unique and successful amateur sports facility.
The structure of the NSCF
The NSCF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was created in 1989 and chartered by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission to manage the day-to-day operations of the National Sports Center. The NSCF operates the National Sports Center campus and is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the NSC.
The NSCF operates the National Sports Center without an operating subsidy from the State of Minnesota.
The National Sports Center Foundation Board of Directors
The NSCF Board of Directors is appointed by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. Board members serve two-year terms, with half the board appointed each year.
McClellan, John, Chair
Lino Lakes, MN
St. Paul, MN
Arden Hills, MN
Doth, Davids S.
St. Louis Park, MN
St. Paul, MN
St. Paul, MN
Johnson, Todd M., Executive Director
Olson, Steve, Secretary