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Volunteers are the foundation of the NASC. In the last year, more than 100 committee volunteers contributed to progress and growth of the NASC in many ways including:
- Referring industry colleagues to join the association.
- Enhancing mentoring activities for new members and first time symposium attendees.
- Establishing of new categories and serving on judging panels for the annual member awards.
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Exceed your participants expectations
Despite the quality educational opportunities that are offered at the NASC Symposium, the questions most asked to members are: how did your appointments go? Did you get any leads? Any good RFP's out there? In general, the majority of focus is on selling: the rights holders on selling their events to cities and the cities on selling their destination to the right event.
2015 Pro Bowl, Super Bowl both set for Arizona
Arizona will be the epicenter of the football world for not one but two weeks at the end of January. In addition to hosting Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale will host the Pro Bowl a week before.
Expect Tennessee to get Final 4 again
The Tennessean via WBIR-TV
Connecticut wasn't the only winner in the women's national championship at Bridgestone Arena. The city of Nashville, Tenn., also scored a major victory by pulling off its first Final Four with great success, according to the key individuals involved, and likely took a big step toward securing the return of the event. "I'm going to put my plug in for Nashville to get to host again, that's for sure," said Carolayne Henry, committee chairwoman of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee and senior associate commissioner of the Mountain West Conference.
Quidditch World Cup opens in South Carolina
More than 80 teams from the U.S., Canada, and even Australia competed for the Quidditch World Champion title in South Carolina at the new North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex.
Kansas looking at upgrades to keep men's NJCAA Tournament
The men's NJCAA Tournament has been the jewel of Hutchinson, Kan., for over a half century but much like Salina, they too are feeling the heat to make some changes to keep the tourney there. For more than 60 years, the sports arena in Hutchinson has been common place every March for the NJCAA men's Tournament.
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Tournaments boost tourism in Wisconsin
Stevens Point Journal
Sarah Brish, executive director of the Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, said thousands of basketball fans and players were expected to attend the NCAA Division III tournament games. Two other large events were expected to draw similar numbers into the community, bringing a boost to local restaurants, hotels and other businesses.
Texas hosting sports world's next big event
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Back in the planning stages of what has become AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, Mayor Robert Cluck made a phone call to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to suggest a venue in his city as the future home of the local NFL franchise. "I didn't think Jerry would just play nine or 10 games here and lock it up. So it's great," Cluck said. "Once we opened up the facility, these big things started coming."
Local Florida sports and entertainment commission could be abolished
The Florida Times-Union
It could soon be game over for the Jacksonville, Fla., Sports and Entertainment Commission, a city board that historically has been at the forefront of attracting sports events supported by taxpayer dollars. Mayor Alvin Brown intends to file legislation that will abolish the nine-member board so the city can streamline its partnership with the Jacksonville Sports Council, a newly formed nonprofit that will raise private money and get administrative support from Gator Bowl Sports.
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North Carolina paddleboard race set
In North Carolina, Lake Norman's first sanctioned competitive standup paddle board competition will bring elite and recreational paddle-boarders to town for two days, May 9-10. The first Stand Up for the Catawba Paddleboard Race will be at the Port City Club in Cornelius.
Color guard event draws thousands
Dayton Daily News
About 40,000 people are expected to converge on the region for the Winter Guard International Sport of the Arts World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. School districts from California to Florida will take part. Canada, England, Belgium, Thailand and the Netherlands are some of the foreign countries represented.
Do investments in sports pay off?
Whether taxpayers really benefit from paying big bucks for ballparks has stumped communities and economists for decades, and the debate continues with Florida's Tampa Bay Rays ballpark talks. However, the same cost-benefit analysis is playing out in some surprisingly small venues: youth baseball diamonds and basketball arenas.
Run or Dye summer color run making a splash in Michigan
Flint, Mich., is joining the trend of colorful runs in a big way this summer. The "Vehicle City" will play host to the Run or Dye Colorstorm 5k "color run" on June 8, with a goal of drawing upwards of 10,000 runners. Color runs are similar to other 5ks aside from one little, powdery difference: Throughout the run, participants are doused with colorful dyes, turning them into running rainbows by the time they reach the end.
Support uncertain for Alabama authority
The Gadsden Times
A resolution to study and make recommendations concerning a "mega sports" complex in Alabama's Etowah County faces an uncertain future. The resolution said the study would include the feasibility, what should be included, the location, cost of acquiring and maintaining a complex and possible funding sources.
Sand volleyball complex sought
Crafted in a partnership between Lake County, Fla., government and the Lake County Water Authority, a plan calls for building 20 sand volleyball courts and adding about $400,000 worth of improvements to the Hickory Point Recreational Facility for events hosted by the Florida Region of USA Volleyball.
What can $20 buy you at the Masters concession stand?
Green Jacket, Amen Corner, Jim Nantz... all are words or phrases that are synonymous with the Masters. But what many may not know is what a deal the concession stands provide at Augusta National Golf Club. Just take a look at this menu. What other professional sports venue in the world would you see sandwiches and sodas under $2? Candy for a buck?
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