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Mankato Sports Commission

The Mankato Sports Commission is working hard to seek out new opportunities to bring tournaments and sporting events to greater Mankato and is offering services to facilitate a hassle-free event for you and your team.

Welcome Joy Leafblad, the new Mankato Sports Commission director!

Joy Leafblad has been hired as the new Mankato Sports Commission director.

“Joy comes to Visit Mankato and the Mankato Sports Commission with a tremendous amount of skills and experience, with 20 years in program and event development,” said Anna Thill, president of Visit Mankato.

Leafblad has been previously employed as the Mankato Family YMCA Wellness Director, the Morris Regional Fitness Center General Manager, and the Loyola University Chicago Campus Recreation Associate Director. Most recently, she has served as the Lloyd Management Assistant Property Manager/Site Manager.

As the Mankato Sports Commission director, Leafblad will focus on raising the profile of Greater Mankato as a premier sports destination by aggressively promoting the destination’s existing resources and by targeting events that will generate a positive economic impact for the community.


Visit Mankato Named a SportsEvents Magazine's 2018 Readers' Choice Winner!

SportsEvents Media Group, the leading industry publication focused exclusively on helping sports event planners produce excellent competitions in the United States, has announced Visit Mankato has been recognized as a 2018 Readers' Choice Award winner. For more information about Visit Mankato's honor, click here.

Read the January 2018 magazine here.

Contact The Commissioner!

Joy Leafblad

Joy Leafblad

Sports Commission Director

Phone: 507-385-6663


Did you know? The Minnesota Vikings held training camp in Mankato from 1966-2017

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The Mankato Sports Commission is a member of the National Association of Sports Commissions