Terry Hasseltine, Executive Director, Maryland Sports and Vice President, Maryland Stadium Authority
By Chris Cobb
Maryland Sports Commission’s Mission Statement reads… “Enhance Maryland’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion, retention and development of regional, national and international sporting events.” Executive Director Terry Hasseltine has the experience to continue and build on their mission. Terry Hasseltine came to Baltimore in 2008 when he was hired as the Executive Director of Maryland Sports by then- governor Martin O’Malley.
Hasseltine was introduced to Brian O’Shea, founder of the Shirts vs Skin Basketball Classic (SVSBC), by Stan “the Fan” Charles in 2016 as they were both guests on the ABC-2 broadcast of “Inside Pressbox”. While on the set, Brian expressed to Terry the vision and mission of the Annual Shirts vs Skins Basketball Classic. As Terry saw the direction that the SVSBC was headed and liked the concept, a partnership was formed.
As a matter of fact, Terry likes the pace that the SVSBC is moving. He believes the event is where it needs to be for future success. Moving forward, Brian and Terry have big plans for the SVSBC in the near future and for it to be one of the most recognized basketball showcases in the country. Hasseltine and the Maryland Sports Commission will work together with Brian and the organizing committee to ensure the event continues to grow and to make sure the competition is at its highest level.
Hasseltine has big plans for the 2026 World Cup and NCAA lacrosse championships coming to Maryland. Currently, he is trying to get the World Cup to come to M&T Bank Stadium. Hasseltine knows Baltimore would make a great location for the event.
The NCAA Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse Championships will be coming to Maryland between 2019-2022. Townson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium will host the championships in 2021 and John Hopkins’ Homewood Field will host the other three years. Terry Hasseltine has done a great job of having MD a great state to host major sporting events and expect plenty more from him in the future.