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April's Featured Member Benefit – Models & Samples

 April 28 2016
We continue our Featured Benefit for the month of April with a blog post on Models and Samples. Who has time to re-invent the wheel?  Our collection of models and samples, used by real destinations, event organizers, and industry partners, is designed to generate ideas and save you time. Feel free to adapt to your needs or adopt it as is! Below is a list of the models & samples we currently have available. ·        Bid Scoresheet Template  ·        Bylaws  ·        Event RFPs  ·        Facility Spe...

Upcoming Best Practices and Event Webinars - Register Now

 April 20 2016
Check out our line-up of best practices and event webinars below and reserve your spot today! Asian Basketball Championships of North America Event Webinar Sponsored by MGM Resorts International Tuesday, April 26, 2016 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET Presented by Mike Mon Register Now!   Join Mike Mon from Asian Basketball Championships of North America as he shares information on what he looks for in a host city and what it takes to host their events. Asian Basketball Championships of North America is currently accepting bids for 2017, 2018 and 2019. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions. If you are unable to join us on the 26th, remember you ...

You're home from the Symposium ... Now what?!

 April 14 2016   Bob Murdock, Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau
You have some excellent leads and RFPs that you received during your appointments and while networking at the Symposium.  Now the work really starts.  Here are some ideas on what to do next.  We are in a relationship business.  Follow-up by mail, email or with a phone call to the people that you met at the Symposium and even those with whom you were interested in meeting but were unable to connect due to scheduling issues.  Reach out to your community to get your local partners, facilities and sports experts involved in the RFP evaluation and bid process.  Review the RFPs or information that you received and investigate if the event is a match for your commun...

What we learned at the NASC Sports Event Symposium

 April 13 2016
What a week it was in Grand Rapids! We want to thank everyone who attended the 24th NASC Sports Event Symposium. We had a blast and we hope you did too, but we also hope you took something (or many somethings) away from your meetings and networking during the week that will help you now that you’re back in the office. We learned lots during our week in Grand Rapids, including:    You love our educational components. We heard time and time again that you appreciate the educational opportunities that NASC offers, not just at meetings (like the CSEE program) but links and contacts that are available 24/7 on the NASC website. We hope more of you can take advantage of any ...

National Association of Sports Commissions wraps up 24th Annual Symposium in Grand Rapids

 April 7 2016   Jackie Reau, Game Day Communications
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (April 7, 2015) – The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the governing body of the $9.45 billion sport tourism industry, celebrated the industry and its leadership at its 24th annual symposium held here this week.  More than 900 members and events rights holders attended this week’s NASC Symposium to elect new NASC leadership, honor members with national awards and participate in dozens of continuing education programs led by industry leadership. “As the only non-profit industry association offering an annual meeting for serious-minded sport tourism professionals, we enjoyed a week of educational programs to share best...

Adaptive Sports Means Career Change for Mary Free Bed Athlete

 March 28 2016
Editor’s note: Leading up to the NASC Symposium this spring, the NASC is highlighting adaptive sports athletes. The proceeds raised for the 2016 NASC Sports Legacy Fund will go toward offsetting expenses for the Mary Free Bed and Adaptive Sports Wheelchair Tennis program, which provides equipment to individuals who are unable to afford their own. Each month we feature one of the adaptive athletes: This month we feature Valerie Wallace. My name is Valerie Wallace and I am 54 years old, married for 28 years, and have one son. I was involved in a severe car accident in 1980 which left me with both hips broken and dislocated, one ankle broken and dislocated, and an above knee amputat...

“Sports Resorts” now the trend

 March 28 2016
If you thought investing in sports (your NCAA bracket notwithstanding) was going away anytime soon, then take a look at this new project headed for Northwest Indiana. By the end of March, ground is expected to be broken on a 15-acre lake that will be part of a $75 million sports resort project in Portage. The lake will have an island that will feature an adventure climbing tower and a cable wakeboard park.  It’s part of a development triggered by interest from the National Rugby Football League. The complex is being considered, according to the Indianapolis Star, as the league’s NRFL Academy.  But first it has to be built. And when it’s built, accor...

The changing faces of coaching

 March 28 2016
Veteran SMU women’s basketball coach Rhonda Rompola recently announced that she’ll be retiring after the season, ending her 25-year tenure as the Mustangs’ head coach. It’s been a successful career for Rompola, with seven NCAA tournament berths and a career record above .500. Now normally, news about a coach retiring wouldn’t spread much past the sports pages and fan websites. But Coach Rompola didn’t hesitate to say why she’s retiring and THAT’s what making news far beyond campus. It’s not because she’s tired of the sport: She’s tired of the players. “Kids are not as coachable as they were years ago,” ...

Call for Volunteers

 March 24 2016   Ralph Morton
I am excited to invite all members of the NASC to volunteer on committees. This is YOUR association, so I strongly encourage you to consider getting involved in one of these rewarding opportunities.  View committee descriptions here.  If you have never volunteered before, you will find that this is a great way to give back to our association and build close relationships with peers in the industry. Your talents, passion, leadership and input are crucial to the NASC and it helps us to build effective, vibrant, inclusive, and multicultural committees. The NASC is driven by more than 100 committed members who volunteer their time and resources for the good of the organization. P...

Safe Soccer

 March 21 2016
If your children’s grandchildren have an opportunity to play the game of soccer without fear of concussion, you might just have Brandi Chastain to thank. Chastain may be best remembered to our generation as the player for Team USA whose penalty kick gave the U.S. the 1999 Women’s World Cup. In the future, she may be remembered as the player who helped keep our youngsters safe when they play sports.  Chastain, you see, announced last week that she is donating her brain to science—specifically, to the Massachusetts-based Concussion Legacy Foundation. Researchers there are studying the postmortem human brain and spinal cord tissue in hopes of diagnosing and trea...
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