Mark Owens of Skylight Financial Group to receive Sports Development Gold Medal 2013


The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) has announced that Mark Owens, the current Director of Marketing for Skylight Financial Group in the city, is to be the recipient of the ‘Sports Development Gold Medal 2013’. The award recognizes Mark’s central role in the organization of the highly successful Skylight Financial Group sponsored North American Gaelic Games Championship in association with the GCSC.  Mark will pick up his award at the annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on January 23rd.  

The North American Gaelic Games Championships, which took place over Labor Weekend 2013, saw over 100 teams travel to the area from all over the US, Canada and even the Cayman Islands to play football, hurling and camogie. It is estimated that the economic impact on the City of Cleveland was approximately $1.4m, which for an amateur sporting event, is truly remarkable.  Mark played a pivotal role in bringing the Championships to Cleveland, having campaigned for 6 years and succeeding at the 4th attempt. Mark is also the current Chairman of local Gaelic Football club, Cleveland St Pat’s, and it was this club, along with 150 volunteers, the GCSC and the various sponsors, who worked tirelessly over 2 years to put together what has been deemed the best organized Games by a host city and classed as the ‘greatest Gaelic Games Championships ever’ by members of the national Gaelic Games organization.

Personally the event was a huge success for Mark and led to him taking up the position of Director of Marketing with the event title sponsor, Skylight Financial Group, prior to the Games.

It may be a few years before the Games come back to the area but it is very clear that when they do the relationship between the Irish community in Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will ensure that it will, once again, be highly successful and mutually beneficial to the local community.


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