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Desperate sports parents turn to crowdsourced funding
USA Today
Kickstarter and the like (GoFundMe, etc.) are used for everything these days, even high school sports. Beyond the occasional event-based crowdfunding drive, some schools and youth sports programs are now turning crowdfunding as a fundamental way to cover costs.
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Big 12 Conference keeps men's basketball championship in Kansas City
Kansas City Sports Commission
The Kansas City Sports Commission announced that the Big 12 Conference has chosen Kansas City as the host site for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship for 2017-2020. Since the start of the Championships in 1997, Kansas City has hosted the men's basketball championship 14 times and the women's basketball championship 11 times.
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Requiring photo ID could be key to safer fan environment at sports events
USA Today
Photo identification is required to buy tobacco and alcohol, to board a plane, to vote in some states and increasingly, to attend a high school football or basketball game. Several school districts across the country have started carding would-be spectators in recent years in an effort to increase security at after-school athletics events, and turning away those who fail to produce a photo ID to gain admittance.
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North Carolina city cashing in on sports tourism
Time Warner Cable News
High Point, North Carolina, is known for being the furniture capital, but for some, couches and armoires are taking the backseat. Officials are focusing on the growing sports tourism industry. HiToms at Finch Field and High Point University hosted two major sporting events recently that generated nearly $3 million and invited thousands of visitors. Tourism leaders see the success of sports in Greensboro year-round and use that city as a model rather than competition.
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Florida tourism leaders applaud stadium deal with USSSA
Florida Today
Space Coast tourism officials say they're excited about Brevard County's plan to convert the Space Coast Stadium complex in Viera to an amateur sports mecca. They say the $10 million investment from the county's 5 percent tax on hotel rooms and other short-term rentals will pay big dividends for local hotels, restaurants and retailers.
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Concussions more prevalent in girls soccer than football
Winston-Salem Journal
Football has been at the forefront of the national discussion regarding head injuries in recent years, but it's actually the other football that is just as dangerous to high school athletes. In particular, girls' soccer players suffer concussions at a higher rate than football players, according to statistics from the National Federation of State High School Associations from the 2013-14 season.
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How a Twin Cities brownfield became centerfield for green sports
GreenBiz
Several sports venues justifiably can lay claim to the coveted "Greenest Stadium In the U.S." title. But a soon-to-open stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota, despite its relatively modest minor league baseball pedigree, really may be in line to wrest the title away from its bigger brethren.
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Why do former high school athletes make more money?
The Atlantic
This project was a slam dunk, that one was a home run, and it's just the way the ball bounces — the last thing the business world needs to catalogue its accomplishments is another facile sports metaphor. But it's not just athletic metaphors that proliferate in the business world — it's also athletes themselves. A recent study documented just how much the labor market smiles upon people who played sports as children: Former high school athletes generally go on to have higher-status careers than those who didn't play a sport.
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DC doctor's Rx: A stroll in the park instead of a trip to the pharmacy
The Washington Post
Robert Zarr is walking from his Columbia Heights medical practice toward Meridian Hill Park, talking about what’s going on inside his head. If you could see his brain on an MRI, he says, far more extensive regions would be lighting up than if he were having this same conversation sitting at his desk. Zarr, a pediatrician at Unity Health Care’s Upper Cardozo Health Center, has a special interest in the unseen benefits of getting outside. He is the "physician champion" of DC Parks Rx, an innovative community health program committed to combating the woes of urban living by prescribing time outdoors.
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Escambia County commissioners mull sports tourism
Pensacola News Journal
Could Escambia County become a sports tourism destination by improving existing facilities or should it add new venues to expand that market? Those are the questions the county hopes to get answered by conducting a sports tourism study.
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What new security measures at MetLife Stadium mean for fans
NJ.com
Like many sports venues around the country, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium — the home of the NFL's Giants and Jets — has installed walk-through metal detectors at all gates. Officials said the airport security devices, which will replace hand-held wands and pat-downs as the primary screening tool, are expected to move people quicker into the stadium.
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Artificial turf crumbling at Nevada city's biggest park
Reno Gazette-Journal
Sparks, Nevada's Golden Eagle Regional Park is facing an unexpected challenge: three of its multipurpose fields are seeing a premature deterioration of their artificial turf. The grass-like strands have begun to break, leading to a less effective surface for sporting activities. The park is a major contributor to Sparks' tourism industry, bringing in around 1 million visitors a year.
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US pools ban long breath-holding after deaths
Reuters
A U.S. Navy SEAL hopeful and his friend, an off-duty lifeguard, were barreling through underwater drills in a pool just 3.5 feet deep. No one realized anything was wrong until their limp, unconscious bodies were noticed beneath the surface. This summer, nearly four years after those deaths in a Staten Island, New York pool raised alarms about a little known hazard called shallow-water blackout or hypoxic blackout, New York City is putting up warning signs at all public pools prohibiting prolonged breath holding.
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Study: Active children become healthier teens and less prone to obesity
The Sydney Morning Herald
Children who engage in daily physical exercise reap the health benefits as early as their teens, according to a study that will bolster calls for a national response to obesity. The study of 4600 children found those who were more active in late childhood had a lower body weight and lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes by their mid-teens. University of Sydney researcher Emmanuel Stamatakis said the results demonstrated the importance of exercise for children.
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Texas field flooding to have uncertain effect on fall football schedule
TexasHSFootball.com
Austin ISD's House Park Field flooded during the 2015 Memorial Day weekend floods. The Texas school district is trying to figure out if they will need to resurface the field or not. Should the field need to be returfed, it could take the venue out of the fall football rotation.
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High school fined $500 for coach's ump comments
Knoxville News-Sentinel via Athletic Business
The TSSAA has fined Farragut High School's baseball program $500 after coach Matt Buckner publicly criticized an umpire following a Class AAA Tennessee tournament doubleheader against Houston. Buckner criticized an umpire for ejecting standout junior shortstop Duncan Pence for unsportsmanlike behavior after the Admirals' 4-3 semifinal win over Houston, their second of two victories over the Mustangs in Murfreesboro.
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