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Beefing up security for the College World Series
WOWT-TV
The College World Series is just days away and there's already a buzz of activity happening near T-D Ameritrade Stadium. With hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment and supplies near the stadium in a sea of hospitality tents, security is a very big issue. For every tent that goes up near the ball field, there has to be someone to keep an eye on things.
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A Hall of Fame Project
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Ever been to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton? You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy the history that the orange juicer-shaped building contains. Canton, of course, was the site of the early Canton Bulldogs, which helped found the National Football League in the early 1900s. The city's place in NFL history made it a natural site for the league's most hallowed honor. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pretty impressive now, but if plans come to fruition, it'll be a major economic driver for northeast Ohio. Last fall the Hall of Fame announced plans for Hall of Fame Village, expanding the area and making it an interactive and educational football attraction.
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The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is making a big play to use a $55 million upgrade of its sports venues to attract more events and in turn, bring in millions of new dollars in visitor spending. According to the Rockford Register Star, a new $24 million sports complex under construction in the downtown area landed its first big "get" recently with the AAU 6th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament in 2018.
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How to incorporate community service projects into your events
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Join Michelle Haider, Meetings & Event Services Manager, VISIT Milwaukee, and Mike Guswiler, President, West Michigan Sports Commission, as they discuss incorporating community service projects into events. They will also share details about the creation of the Sports Legacy community service project that was launched in Milwaukee during the 23rd NASC Symposium.
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Talk of fan safety stirs after fan seriously injured by broken bat
USA Today
A woman injured by a broken bat during a game at Fenway Park remained in serious condition at a Boston-area hospital, as many players and fans called for increased protection at the ballpark. Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie was swinging a maple bat made by Tucci when the barrel head broke off and struck Carpenter. Major League Baseball and the players association conducted an extensive study of bats after a series of incidents in 2008; they found that maple bats break apart more often than ash bats, which usually crack or splinter.
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Downtown Michigan hotel joins Hilton chain
Grand Rapids Business Journal
A downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, hotel is joining a major international hotel chain. Amway Grand Plaza yesterday announced its affiliation with the Curio Collection by Hilton, which will give the hotel access to Hilton Worldwide's "robust reservation program and HHonors rewards."
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American Medical Association adopts youth sports concussion policy
Reuters via Fox News
The American Medical Association, responding to rising concern about concussions in youth sports like soccer and football, adopted policies intended to lower the risk of these brain injuries and called for prompt diagnosis and medical care. The influential doctors' group recommended that young athletes suspected of having a concussion be removed immediately from a game and permitted to return only with a doctor's written approval.
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Play: Far more than purposeless activity
By Debra Josephson Abrams
Some whisper, some laugh, some argue. They gesture wildly, demonstrate their ideas with their hands or drawings. From the air, from their minds, from their partners, they search for the English words they need. They are furiously engaged in play, and they have forgotten that I — the teacher — am in the room. It is just as education should be. As the final project in my ESL reading course for precollege students, I chose to have students create a game based on the novel we had read.
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US Figure Skating announces hosts for 2017 qualifying season, 2016-17 adult competitions
U.S. Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating announced the host cities for the 2017 regional and sectional championships, and the 2016-17 adult qualifying competitions, including Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Wake Forest, North Carolina, as the hosts of the 2016 and 2017 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, respectively. The top four skaters in the ladies and men's events at each of the nine regional championships will qualify for one of three sectional championships.
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BC High, UMass Boston to build baseball complex
The Boston Globe
Boston College High School and UMass Boston will hold a ceremony to break ground on a shared community baseball complex at BC High. The complex, which will include a Fenway Park replica, will be named J. Donald Monan, SJ Park after the chancellor of Boston College. The coaches at BC High and UMass Boston are ABCA members.
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Cities with physically active residents more productive as well as healthier
The Guardian
Cities in which residents are physically active have a big advantage over their more sedentary rivals, with better economic productivity, higher property values and improved school performance, as well as a healthier population. In an increasingly globalized, competitive and mobile world, cities have an economic imperative to promote walking, cycling and public transport, as well as increasing the amount of green space and curbing car use, according to a report from the University of California.
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North Carolina tourism authority betting on future lacrosse tournaments
The Charlotte Observer
The Mooresville (North Carolina) Travel & Tourism Authority is spending tens of thousands of dollars to put up new nets around some soccer fields at the Mazeppa Park recreation complex. The nets, which cost a total of about $50,000 and are expected to go up this month, are themselves nothing unusual. The authority maintains the six soccer fields, which it built years ago. But they are significant because they would make the fields more suitable for lacrosse tournaments for the first time, replacing the existing nets, which have larger nets that prevent only soccer balls, not lacrosse balls, from leaving the boundaries.
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Seattle Parks using Ping-Pong to fight crime
KING-TV
Could Ping-Pong stop crime? That's a question advocates for Seattle's parks have asked themselves over the last several years as they raised money to bring free Ping-Pong tables to a handful of city parks. The answer? No. At least not directly. "But it can bring in people to see there's something positive here," said Adrienne Caver-Hall, who heads up the city's efforts to spruce up parks with family activities.
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Miami wonders where are the amateur sports facilities?
Miami Today
Greater Miami is losing the game when it comes to sports tourism. That seemed to be the consensus of the Sports Committee during the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's Goals Conference recently. There is a great need in the area for amateur sports facilities and the sports tourism those types of venues could draw, said committee members.
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The troubling price of playing youth sports
The Rock River Times
The escalating costs of youth sports are a growing concern on sidelines and in bleachers across this country. Ultimately, the price of play threatens something fundamental about sports for our kids: the expectation of a level playing field and an egalitarian spirit.
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World Cup stars shine in spite of long odds for women's sports
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As the eyes of the world are on the FIFA Women's World Cup, An Equal Playing Field examines the state of women's professional sports through the eyes of one of the U.S. National Team's players, forward Christen Press. See how Christen is inspiring future generations of soccer players. #EqualPlayingField
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Instant replay: Inside the video review command center
NCAA
In a Super Regional game between Louisville and Cal State Fullerton, for the first time in college baseball history, a national postseason game had a play going to video review. The call was quickly confirmed, and play moved on. But the process of what went into that "ideal" 25-30 second delay goes much deeper.
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Dallas-area officials debate need for artificial fields
Denton Record-Chronicle
Getting games in — during the regular season and playoffs — was a struggle for Dallas-area baseball and softball teams this year as the sheer duration of rain saturated traditional and more common natural-grass fields. That led to a dramatic push toward the more scarce artificial turf fields, which became a theme for the postseason. With artificial fields being in such short supply — and the chance of rain evident — many wonder if school districts are considering making a culture shift.
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