Discover Long Island - 2018

A Valuable Partnership

 Posted on: April 11 2017
A college campus is an exciting place to be. Activities abound for young people outside the classroom as universities continue to invest in world-class facilities for sports and campus recreation. Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, a scenic city in Central Virginia nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, has recently transformed its campus, devoting $200 million out of its $1 billion rebuilding project to build and expand facilities for its athletics and recreation programs. "With 15,000 residential students, Liberty is like a city within a city,” said NASC member Ernest Carter, External Event Coordinator for Liberty Athletics. "Since 1971, our campus has come so far, and now our facilities are some of the best in the country.” A $30 million indoor track complex opened in January. A $20 million indoor football practice facility is scheduled to open this fall, as well as a natatorium, with a 50-meter pool and separate 17-foot-deep diving well. Liberty offers one of...

Call For Volunteers

 Posted on: April 11 2017
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.  Join a committee. If you have never volunteered before, you will find that this is a great way to give back to your 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. Participating on a committee allows you to contribute to the decision-making that positions the NASC as the most valuable resource available to sport tourism professionals. Here is how you can get involved: • Refer industry colleagues to join the NASC and attend the Symposium • Recommend educational content and p...

Ode to NASC Leadership

 Posted on: April 10 2017
The original vision for the NASC started with just one guy, An instigator who proposed that cities recruiting events could be better if they organized. But in making his initial pitch in Orlando in 1989, The fact that only three people attended his presentation was not a good sign.   Yet the idea gained traction, interested parties got more numerous. Still many around that time found it simply to be humorous. Proselytizing continued and during the very next year, In Raleigh he was able to gather a larger group of his peers.   The association was gaining momentum. You could feel it in the air. The ’91 Olympic Congress showed that NASC was soon to be there.   In the Springs, Matt Scheckner, the NYC media mogul became the very first chair. His big city creds gave the new organization some genuine flair. The following year, Hill Carrow, the instigator took Matt’s place. By that time it was getting obvious NASC was off to the races.   Mike Millay ascended to ...

NASC Releases 2021 & 2022 Symposium RFP

 Posted on: April 1 2017
We are excited to release our Request for Proposal (RFP) to partner and host the NASC Sports Event Symposium in 2021 or 2022. As you may know, the Symposium is our signature event through which we deliver authentic education, business development and networking opportunities. Our annual meeting attracts hundreds of sport tourism professionals and industry partners who gather to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions, and more. The Symposium features dozens of education sessions, countless networking opportunities, and business development appointments in the NASC Sports Marketplace, all to help our members produce measurable ROI for their organization, elevate their sports events, and improve the quality of life in their destinations. The purpose of the RFP is to provide a detailed overview of the Symposium and the NASC and to disclose the criteria we will use to evaluate submissions. Below are two important deadlines to keep in mind: April 28, 2017 – Letter of i...

NASC Members Raise Thousands for the Sacramento Police Activity League

 Posted on: March 30 2017
Also, during the meeting the NASC Sports Legacy Fund raised $33,000 to benefit Sacramento Police Activity League which fits the NASC’s criteria of donating to non-profits that provide individuals – particularly at-risk youth, veterans, or physically or intellectually disabled individuals – opportunities to participate in sport and encourage healthy lifestyles.   The Sacramento Police Activities League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in underserved communities.  Each of their programs has at least one Sacramento Police Officer who serves as a coach and/or mentor and helps foster positive relationships between law enforcement and the community.  Together, employees of Sacramento Police Department and members of the community volunteer their time to provide valuable opportunities, develop leadership skills and teach meaningful life lessons that prepare participants for a ...

NEW NASC Leadership Elected

 Posted on: March 30 2017
New NASC board leadership was elected at NASC Symposium, including Mike Anderson, CSEE, Executive Director – Sports Tourism, Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance as the new chair of NASC.   Additional Officers included: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Kindra Fry, CSEE, SMP, Executive Director, Bryan College Station Sports + Events; Treasurer, Janis Schmees Burke, CSEE, Chief Executive Officer, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority; Secretary, Michael Price, CSEE, Executive Director Greater Lansing Sports Authority; and Immediate Past Chair Ralph Morton, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission.   Board of Directors who were elected (Board Term Expiring 2018):  Janna Clark, CSEE, Sports and Sales Director, Elizabethtown Sports Park; Kris Smith, CSEE, Director, Detroit Sports; Roy Edmondson, CSEE, Vice President of Sports Business Development, Visit Anaheim; Pete Harvey, CSEE, Director of Sports Development, Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission.   Board of Directors...

Congratulations to our 2017 CSEE Graduates!

 Posted on: March 29 2017
This morning, we recognized 31 graduates from our CSEE program. Congratulations to all!   Carrie Baulwin, Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau; Mike Carey, Yakima Valley Sports Commission; Alvin Dominique III, USRowing; Brenda Hill, VisitPITTSBURGH; Thomas Lee, Visit Charlotte; Robert Lopez, McAllen Sports Commission; Aaron McCreight, GO Cedar Rapids; Stephanie Pappas, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau; Karen Primeaux, Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission;  Cris Rohrer, Lubbock Sports, Andy Carl, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board/PA Sports;  Brooks Hierstein, Sports Hampton; Ann Hortman, Rome Sports Commission/Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau; Jay Kasten, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports; Frank Lett, Kingsport Convention & Visitor Bureau; Jamie Schlagel, West Michigan Sports Commission; Rob Wells, Sarasota County Sports Commission; James Simmons, Wicomico County Convention and Visitors Bureau/TEAM Maryland; Janis Ros...

NASC Honors Top Sports Organization with Annual Member Awards

 Posted on: March 29 2017
The top sports commissions and organizations were honored at this year’s NASC Sports Event Symposium. The yearly awards honor those organizations that do outstanding work in partnering with their communities, growing the sport and making their area a sport destination.   This year’s award winners include:   Sports Commission of the Year Population Under 400,000 Ames Area Sports Commission   Sports Commission of the Year Population 400,000 and above Harris County – Houston Sports Authority   Sport Tourism Organization of the Year Population Under 400,000 Sarasota County Sports Commission   Sport Tourism Organization of the Year Population 400,000 and above Visit Anaheim   Marketing Campaign of the Year Population Under 400,000 Visit Greenville SC   Marketing Campaign of the Year Population 400,000 and above VisitPITTSBURGH   Locally Created Event of the Year Population Under 400,000 Spokane Sports Commission   Locally Create...

Congratulations to our inaugural NASC Hall of Fame Class!

 Posted on: March 29 2017
Congratulations to our inaugural NASC Hall of Fame Class!   The National Association of Sports Commissions inducted its first-ever Hall of Fame class yesterday during the Opening Ceremonies of NASC Symposium in Sacramento.   The mission of the NASC Hall of Fame is to promote the professional management of sporting events and the sport tourism industry as a whole by honoring those individuals who exemplified the values of the NASC in their careers and by acknowledging their legacies to provide guidance for future members of the NASC.   The inductees are as follows:   Hill Carrow Carrow is a founder of NASC and the North Carolina Sports Association as well as the founder of North Carolina Amateur Sports and its first executive director. He served as chair for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 2011 and 2015, US. Olympic Trials in Table Tennis in 2012 and 2016 and is a founder and CEO of USA Masters Games.   Kevin Gray Gray also was a founding member of NASC...

NASC Members Save Thousands on Shipping Expenses

 Posted on: March 6 2017
Are you paying too much for shipping? Do your shipping charges include handling fees? Are you unsuccessful negotiating competitive discounts with carriers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your shipping costs could be out of line! PartnerShip®, the endorsed shipping management provider of NASC, helps you save on every shipment you send and receive. Whether you ship several packages a month, or only two to three, NASC members can take advantage of this program with no obligations and no minimum shipping requirements. From small package shipments, to trade show/conferences and LTL Freight/Truckload Shipments, PartnerShip® helps you save on every inbound, outbound, domestic and international shipment. In 2016, NASC members enrolled in PartnerShip®, saved over $16,000 in shipping expenses. That includes ground, express, freight and trade show shipping costs. Not only do NASC members receive significant discounts on shipping, but also logistical advice direc...
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