March 16, 2017




Linking Sports & Communities (LSC) was started in 2004. It was a program hosted by The Leadership Consortium. “Our original mission,” says Founder Denise Meridith, “Was to enhance the relationships among athletes, sports organizations and the communities in Arizona.” One way of accomplishing that has been working with all the professional sports to encourage student athletes to stay in school, lead healthy lifestyles and be financially responsible. LSC became its own 501 (c) (3) charitable non-profit in 2010.


LSC Arizona is “an association of associations,” working with over 40 academic institutions, professional sports teams, non-profits, governments, and private businesses. LSC Arizona, in cooperation with others, hosts educational workshops, sports and health clinics, and other sports-related activities every year. It also recognizes athletes, organizations and students who make significant contributions to their communities. LSC Arizona’s signature annual events include: The Community Leadership Awards, NASCAR Weekends with Phoenix International Raceway, Military Family Appreciation Night and Arizona Youth Sports Day.




Denise Meredith
Founder/Regional Director LSC Arizona

Denise Meridith earned a BS in wildlife biology from Cornell University and an MPA from University of Southern California. Founder of Linking Sports & Communities, a youth sports non-profit, which enhances the relationships among athletes, sports organizations in Arizona, since 2004






“UPI Education’s STEM Workshop & Panel ”

JUL- 15 -2017

Such an Honor for LSC President Cameron, and Founder Denise to be a part of the Komputer Ed Workshop & Panel Discussion. Special Thanks to UPI Education for hosting such a wonderful event in support of STEM Education. We Look forward to the growth of the STEM youth summer camp.



“2017 Military Family Appreciation Night”

MAR- 31 -2017

Great evening with our Heroes and their families for our 2017 Military Family Appreciation night. Congratulations to the Phoenix Coyotes of their awesome win against the Washington Capitals!!!


“1st Annual LSC AZ Weekend”

MAR- 17-18 -2017

A Jam packed weekend filled with lots of family fun and excitement! LSC Arizona celebrated a 3-Day extravaganza with a Meet & Greet, an afternoon with the Views of Camping World 500 NASCAR Race, and Fun Photography with “Photographers of Color”. Special thanks to all of our LSC AZ Families, Friends, and Partners who came out to support our events!! Hope to see you join us next year!!


Special thanks to all of the talented Professional Athletes as well as our our wonderful LSC Staff/Volunteers, for giving a memorable day to the youth of Phoenix.




Congratulations to the Amazing Honorees of This year’s Leadership awards. A memorable evening filled with prominent leaders and important local figures. To our Winners, we appreciate your service and dedication to our community. Keep up the Great work!!!



“We have arrived at a format that makes every race matter even more, diminishes points racing, puts a premium on winning races and concludes with a best-of-the-best, first-to-the-finish line showdown race – all of which is exactly what fans want,” -NASCAR

Such a BLAST hanging out in the pitt with all of NASCAR Mega stars!! LSC Gives Special thanks to community relations of NASCAR. Extremely excited for next year’s event.


Phoenix Raceway Recruits the Next Generation

Phoenix International Raceway partners with non-profit Linking Sports & Communities to attract new audiences.


Denise Meredith 

Denise Meredith Consultants DMCI, CEO/President

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – With the popularity of virtual reality, video games and other digital media, professional sports organization face the challenge of how to attract the attention of youth.  Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) has been partnering with Linking Sports & Communities (LSC), a 501 (c )(3) non-profit that encourages student athletes to stay in school, lead healthy lifestyles and be financially responsible, for several years to inform youth about motorsports. On March 18, they hosted their bi-annual Future Fans event during Spring Break Weekend at Phoenix Raceway.

During the event, students and volunteers from local school districts were treated to a tour of the Xfinity Series Garage, lunch in the midway, and watching the DC Solar 200 from the LSC Suite.  Everyone was thrilled to meet, and get photographs and autographs from drivers Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. and Blake Koch. They heard about the history and plans for Phoenix Raceway from PIR representative Mark Bailey and four Avery Brothers from BWG Racing, who have been coming to PIR for decades.

“We are very thankful that the youth are getting this rare opportunity to be see what happens behind the scenes at NASCAR and meet people with careers in motorsports,” said Wandajune Batton, a special education teacher at TG Barr Elementary School in Phoenix.
PIR has millions of dollars of planned renovations, which will include improvements in Wi-Fi, AV and other hospitality advancements, that can help gain and retain the attention of younger audiences. Young drivers, like Chase Elliot and Erik Jones, and diverse drivers, like Wallace and Daniel Suárez, will help attract new audiences, as well. To succeed in developing new motor cross fans, vendors, course staff, drivers and crew, it is critical to provide interactive experiences and role models that appeal to youth.  LSC and PIR are working together to do that in Arizona. For more information about LSC and its activities, visit


Here at Linking Sports & Communities we are always welcoming new Programs, Sponsors, Partnerships, and more. If you are interested in contributing to our wonderful program in anyway, feel free to contact us!