About Greater Waco Sports Commission
The Greater Waco Sports Commission is an independent non-profit organization that has been created to identify and attract new sports events while enhancing and retaining existing events to generate positive economic impact and enhance the quality of life in McLennan County. The vision is that the Greater Waco area will realize its incredible potential – due to its community spirit, location, climate, rivers and lake, beautiful parks, and premiere facilities – as the preferred venue for sports in Texas.
Mike Vogelaar has returned to his roots here in Waco. Despite being born in Holland and living in Austria, Colorado, and Florida- he and his family call Texas “Home.” Mike attended Baylor University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Hankamer School of Business with a bachelor’s degree from the S3 Program (Sport Sponsorship & Sales).
Prior to joining The Greater Waco Sports Commission, Mike lived in the Dallas area for the last 13 years and worked for Daktronics in their sports marketing division, DSM. Over his time there he worked with over 80+ school districts across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi helping build master marketing plans for their communities.
Mike moved with his family to Waco to build back into the community that he and his family have loved so much. He’s excited about bringing events for all the community to enjoy at all the fantastic facilities the Waco area has to offer and help make Waco the preferred sports destination in Texas!
Mike and his wife, Katy, have 4 kids: Maddie, Khloe, Kirby, and Kit. When they aren’t at their kid’s events, they enjoy serving at their church, Harris Creek, and providing mentoring to pre-married and newly married couples. In his free time, Mike enjoys running, playing sports, attending Baylor events, and being active outdoors with his family.
Director of Events
Emily Miller was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, until 2020, when she moved to Waco. Emily has her bachelors in Marketing, and a master’s degree in Sports and Fitness, both from the University of Central Missouri.
While attending the University of Central Missouri, Emily had an impressively successful soccer career. So impressive that in 2022, she was inducted into the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame.
Before joining Waco Sports Commission, Emily had experience as a college athletics coach and previously interned for other non-profit sports commissions, where she learned her passion for the industry.
Emily and her husband, Anthony, spend their free time going to sporting events, hanging with their families, and playing with their golden retriever, Belle.