July 15, 2011
Los Angeles, Calif. -
Cal State Fullerton Athletics Director Brian Quinn has been invited to join the board of directors of the Los Angeles Sports Council by its president, David Simon.
The Sports Council is a private, non-profit organization which supports economic and community development through the promotion of spectator sports programs in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, including support of local teams and the attraction of events to the area. Its board represents a "Who's Who" of professional and amateur sports leaders in the area teamed with the business community.
"I am honored to be joining one of the most influential organizations in Southern California," said Quinn, who is in his tenth year at Fullerton after 13 years in a similar post at Loyola Marymount. "I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
Quinn just ended a term as president of Div. I-AAA of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He also served a four-year term on the NCAA Div. I baseball committee and was selected West Region athletic director of the year by NACDA in 2007.
Founded in 1988, the Council is one of the nation's leading civic sports support organizations. Funded entirely from the private sector, it has brought events with a collective economic impact of more than \$1 billion to the area, using only \$12 million in administrative expenses, a ratio of better than \$100 in economic impact for every dollar in administrative cost. The Sports Council also organizes and promotes its own events, including occasional luncheons saluting local professional teams or events and special programs such as the televised "Unforgettable: The 100 Greatest Moments in Los Angeles Sports History" in 1995. The Sports Council also created the LA Sports Awards, an annual awards presentation televised on Prime Ticket.
The affiliated, but separately chartered Los Angeles Sports Council Foundation conducts charitable programs for underprivileged youth in the area. Its "Touchdown for Youth" program allows thousands of area youngsters to attend a USC home game annually, following up on a unique program born during the 1993 Super Bowl, when a similar program allowed more than 700 youth to attend the NFL's ultimate game.
Simon helped create the Sports Council and has served as its president since its inception. He was one of the earliest hires by Peter Ueberroth for the remarkably successful 1984 Summer Olympic Games in L.A. Litigation attorney and sports executive Alan Rothenberg is chairman of the group. Among the board members are Jeanie Buss, executive VP of the L.A. Lakers; Andy Roeser, president of the L.A. Clippers; Tim Ryan, president and CEO of the Honda Center; Timothy Leiweke, president and CEO of entertainment giant AEG; Greg Penske, president and CEO of Penske Motor Group; Dennis Kuhl, chairman of the L.A. Angels of Anaheim; and Dan Guerrero and Pat Haden, athletic directors at UCLA and USC, respectively.