The Joplin Sports Authority is a 501(c)(3) not-for- profit sports
commission with the mission to attract, promote, provide and
support local, state, regional, national and international sporting
events to the Joplin area. This in return will provide positive
economic impact and enhance the quality of life for the residents
of the Joplin area.
In November 2000, voters of Joplin approved a two percent tax on
hotel and motel lodging designated for the promotion of sports
marketing, entryway beautification and festivals. In January 2008,
JSA became an independent contractor with the City of Joplin and
currently has an administration board that consists of 15 members,
four of those being the executive committee.
The Joplin Sports Authority has proven history of successful
events ranging from the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars to the
NSCA U.S. Open Sporting Clay Championship and the Missouri
Special Olympics Winter Indoor Games. Currently, the Joplin
Sports Authority has partnerships with numerous national
governing bodies — NCAA Division II, NAIA, NJCAA Region
16, AAU Track and Field, USA Track and Field, Missouri
Christian School Athletic Association, USSSA, Missouri Special
Olympics and Premier Baseball — and is pursuing partnerships
with other national governing bodies.