Florida Forward


September 13-15, 2018

Florida Forward is an opportunity for the volunteer leadership of the Gator Nation to connect, collaborate and celebrate the unreleting spirit of the University of Florida. The three-day event includes conference style sessions for UFAA’s Board of Directors, Gator Club® and Affiliate Group leaders, and a Friday evening reception .


As you prepare for your visit, we’d like to provide you with a basic agenda and questions to consider before you arrive. This should more effectively inform your travel planning. A more detailed schedule and agenda will be provided at a later date.


Registration for the Florida Forward is now open. One officer will RSVP for all Gator Club® or Affiliate Group officers who will be attending. Be sure to let us know if you’re attending the Friday evening reception, and whether you’re bringing a guest.

There is no registration fee for club and affiliate group officers. A group may register as many as 5 officers at no cost. The cost is $25 per additional officer.

Our Goal

Our goal is for you to walk away from Florida Forward with knowledge about University Initiatives and with relevant information and best practices. We want you to be able to build and develop the best club or affiliate group that you can and assist UF in support of its journey to Go Greater!




The UFAA has acquired a limited amount of UF vs. Colorado State football tickets for purchase by Florida Forward attendees. All seats available are blocked when possible, but not ALL in one block. Tickets are first come, first served. A link to purchase a ticket in the UFAA block will be sent in the Florida Forward confirmation email. 

The provided meals at Florida Forward are:

  • Thursday afternoon snack
  • Friday morning breakfast
  • Friday afternoon lunch
  • Friday afternoon snack
  • Friday evening reception Hors d’oeuvres

Attendees are responsible for any additional meals.

Florida Forward Conference (daytime)
     -  Gator Casual

Awards reception (Friday evening)
     -  Gator Cocktail 

Gator Nation Tailgate (Saturday)
     -  Gator Game Day


AC Hotels by Marriott Gainesville

151 NW 14th Street
Gainesville, FL 32603
Phone: 352-448-2636
Rate: $169 Thu, $329 Fri/Sat per night,
2 night minimum
Rooms: 10
Group Code: Gator Club Training
Block Expires: 8/9/18

Holiday Inn

1250 West University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: 352-376-1661
Rate: $179 Thu, $319 Fri/Sat per night,
2 night minimum (Fri/Sat)
Rooms: 10
Group Code: FOR
Block Expires: 8/16/18
Booking Link: Florida Forward
Hampton Inn by Hilton Gainesville
4225 SW 40th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352-371-4171
Rate: $109 Thu, $189 Fri/Sat per night,
2 night minimum
Group Code: AFF
Block Expires: 8/13/18

Hilton UF

1714 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32607
Phone: 352-371-3600
Rate: $239 Fri/Sat per night,
2 night minimum
Rooms: 10
Group Code: UFA918
Block Expires: 8/14/18

HoM Hotel & Suites (formerly Holiday Inn Express)
3905 SW 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352-376-0004
Rate: $175 per night, 2 night minimum
Rooms: 15
Group Code: Florida Forward 2018
Block Expires: 8/15/18

Springhill Suites
4155 SW 40th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352-376-8873
Rate: $159 per night, 2 night minimum
Rooms: 10
Group Code: FAFS (sharing block with board meeting)
Block Expires: 8/13/18

Home2 Suites by Hilton Gainesville
2115 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352-372-1025
Rate: $129 Thu, $279 Fri/Sat per night
2 night minimum
Rooms: 10
Group Code: FFO
Block Expires: 8/17/18
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