Tom Filgate

Tom FilgateTom was born and raised on Long Island. After graduating from North Babylon High School in 1991, Tom attended St. Leo University in Florida where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. During his time at St. Leo, Tom worked in the intramurals department planning recreational sports and activities for the students. Prior to graduation, Tom worked for the Toronto Blue Jays organization as an intern during the 1997 season. Upon earning his degree, Tom began his professional career as Director of Media/Community Relations for the Carolina Diamonds of the Women’s Pro Softball League (now known as National Pro Fastpitch). After 2 years in North Carolina, Tom returned to Florida where he worked a brief stint with Raymond James Financial, in their asset management division. While at Raymond James, Tom began working part time with the Tampa Bay Sport & Social club as a sports official. It was there that Tom renewed his enjoyment of recreational sports and special events. In 2002, Tom took a job working for ABA Sports (now known as i9 Sports), a private organization dedicated to providing sports leagues and tournaments for youth and adults. During his time at ABA, Tom returned to Long Island and helped develop the first franchise of i9 Sports. Tom became a USSSA Slowpitch director at this time as well. Working as league/tournament director, Tom conceived of a variety sports-themed tournaments and special events, specializing in Slow Pitch softball. In 2008, Tom joined the Recreation Department in the Town of Riverhead, where he continued to expand his portfolio of special events planning, to include cultural and family oriented events. Tom has used the skills he has developed over the variety of careers he has had and brought them to Global Recreation Network to help build a better option for sports and special event planning in the ever-changing recreation landscape. In his free time, Tom enjoys fishing, golfing, movies, computers and traveling with his softball team.