Recent News on SportsDestinations.com Industry Pioneers : A Reflection on the Growth of the Sports Event In a photo taken at the 2014 NASC Sports Symposium, Don Schumacher of NASC, Hill Carrow (Sports & Properties in Cary, NC); Mike Millay (Clancy’s Sports Properties, LLC, in Orlando, FL) and Dan Quandt (Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council, Amarillo, TX) are standing together at the General Membership Meeting Breakfast. What’s interesting is that they – plus a few others not shown – helped to kick-start NASC (and the sports event industry as a whole). In an article published on the Sports Destination Management website, some of those pioneers shared their memories and stories. One of the recurring remarks? The connectivity NASC has helped to create. “This whole thing used to be a group of associations and organizations that weren’t cooperating at all. Now we have a trade show where you can sit down and talk to people like the USOC. Who wouldn’t want to talk to the USOC?” says Dan Quandt. “Organizations used to be considered unapproachable. NASC has made the unapproachable into the approachable. It’s not just a door opener. It blasts the wall off the side of the building and you can come out into the sunlight and talk to people.” Lake Erie Duathlon to Return in August 2015 The Erie Sports Commission has announced the Lake Erie Duathlon will take place at Presque Isle State Park on Sunday, August 2, 2015, returning after a two-year hiatus. The event will be hosted by and benefit Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA). The Duathlon consists of a 5K run, followed by a 20K bike ride, then another 5K run. All events start and finish at the Presque Isle State Park Beach 11 parking lot. The bike portion of the race will be one entire loop of the park, and each 5K will be a different loop. All proceeds of the race benefit Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. USA Triathlon Hosts Historic Competition in Cuba Late January brought a first for USA Triathlon – the chance for nearly 30 American triathletes to compete in Havana, Cuba, since renewed diplomatic relations with the country were announced. It was also the first competition in Cuba that showcased U.S. triathlon talent at the elite and amateur athlete levels. U.S. elite athletes earned five top-10 finishes overall. It is hoped this sports event will open the door for further competition. Birmingham, Al, to Host 2017 National Senior Games Birmingham, Alabama, will be the site of the 2017 National Senior Games. The Senior Games are billed as the world's largest sporting event for people over 50, attracting thousands of competitors and spectators. The games began in 1987 in St. Louis and are played every two years. The event includes 19 sports for men and women including archery, badminton, bowling, cy-cling, golf and swimming. The next event is 2015 in Bloomington, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. USTA Sanctions First- Ever Same-Gender Tennis Division Championships The USTA has announced it will be adding same-gender couples’ doubles tournaments to its 2015 adult competition tennis calendar. The groundbreaking announcement opens the door to new play opportunities for samesex spouses, those in civil unions, domestic partners and spousal equivalents, making the USTA’s popular adult competition more diverse and inclusive. The Plaza Racquet Club in Palm Springs will be hosting the historic inaugural event, March 7-8. Other sanctioned same-gender events will be scheduled by the USTA throughout the 2015 calendar year.
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