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Summer vacation hot spot: The sidelines
CNBC
Youth sport travel is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry, outpacing leisure travel overall, and growing numbers of families are finding their summer weekends filled with trips to tournaments and competitions. Don Schumacher, executive director of the National Association of Sports Commissions, said that "fewer and fewer young people are participating in team sports every year," with growing numbers opting for either extreme sports or the life of a couch potato. But "the people who are participating are participating with a vengeance. They are playing a lot of games and entering a lot of tournaments."
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NASC Board of Directors meets for summer retreat
NASC
Membership services and professional development were two of the main topics covered at the 2014 National Association of Sports Commissions Board of Directors Summer Retreat, held July 16-18 at the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s office in downtown Indianapolis. The meeting is the yearly opportunity for the Board to discuss topics that affect the long-term growth and viability of the NASC, and how NASC can best serve its members.
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Small towns see boost from cycle tourists
Casper Star-Tribune
Every year, thousands of cyclists mount bikes loaded with camping gear, clothes and maps and trek across the United States. Some follow their own route, but many follow the popular, nationally recognized Trans-America Trail, which stretches from Virginia to Oregon. That route traces a path right through the heart of Wyoming.
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Publix Savannah Women's Half & 5K Planned for 2015
Savannah Sports Council
The Savannah Sports Council and Publix announced that the Publix Savannah Women's Half & 5K will be held for the first time on March 28, 2015. More than 3,000 women are expected to register to run in the female-exclusive event. A Fashion Fitness Expo will be held the day before the race from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Savannah Hilton DeSoto for packet pick-up, shopping and entertainment.
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Can-Am Police-Fire Games expected to boost economy by $1.9 million
The York Daily Review
The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau forecast that the Can-Am Police-Fire games, held in York, Pennsylvania, for the first time, would boost York County's hotels, restaurants, gas stations and the rest of the local economy by a total of $1.9 million. Some 615 police officers, firefighters and first responders from the U.S. and Canada registered for the event.
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2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games kicks off in Iowa
NASC
The AAU Junior Olympic Games are expected to generate $47 million in economic impact for Greater Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines hosted the Games previously in 1995, 2004 and 2009 and will host again in 2018 and 2023.
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Proposal requests improving, expanding youth sports facilities in Oklahoma
The Norman Transcript
Improving and expanding Norman, Oklahoma's youth sports facilities will generate revenue in tourism dollars, say advocates of Norman Forward, a grassroots initiative launched recently. The package proposed by Norman business leaders and community stakeholders includes libraries, parks, sports facilities, an aquatic center and a senior center. The ambitious $170 million price tag would be paid by a half-percent, sales-tax-funded revenue bond.
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Akron Marathon makes new additions to Finisher Festival
Akron Marathon
A new addition this year to Ohio's Akron Marathon will give families and friends of runners the opportunity to reserve a premium spot to watch the finish of the race at Canal Park stadium. The Champion Finish Line Experience features two exclusive areas, an on-field location by the first base line as well as private seating in Canal Park Stadium's Tiki Terrace, and includes a picnic lunch with upgraded drink tickets.
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Competition heats up on Day One at the 2014 BC Summer Games
NASC
The BC Winter and BC Summer Games are British Columbia’s biennial celebration of sport and community. Since 1978, the BC Games have taken place in 38 communities and involved over 350,000 participants and volunteers and thousands more as spectators and supporters.
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Pennsylvania lacrosse tournament expected to draw big crowds
Philly.com
A boys' lacrosse tournament that is a major boon for Bucks County, Pennsylvania, tourism revenue is scheduled. In its seventh year, the two-day Patriot Games tournament is expected to draw 8,000 people from 11 states, filling more than 20 hotels from Bensalem to Quakertown.
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National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tournament arrives in Buffalo
The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission via Niagara Frontier Publications
It's a ringer for the local economy: The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tournament is expected to bring a few thousand visitors to Buffalo. The tournament will draw 1,300 participants and their friends and family - nearly 3,000 total visitors hailing from across the country and six Canadian provinces.
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Marchetti appointed executive director at DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau
NASC
Beth Marchetti was appointed executive director at DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau after an extensive nationwide search which began last January and drew over 80 applicants. Effective Aug. 1, she will replace Skip Strittmatter, who is retiring after over 20 years in the position.
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Summer vacation hot spot: The sidelines
CNBC
Youth sport travel is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry, outpacing leisure travel overall, and growing numbers of families are finding their summer weekends filled with trips to tournaments and competitions. Don Schumacher, executive director of the National Association of Sports Commissions, said that "the people who are participating are participating with a vengeance."

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Cities find buyers' remorse for winning Olympics, World Cup
The Washington Post
Could it be? Are the voices of reason and fiscal prudence at last winning out over greedy special interests, mathematically illiterate pundits and corrupt politicians? In other words, has the world finally realized what a superbly dumb idea it is to host a major sporting event?

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Defining the roles of sports commissions and convention & visitors bureaus
NASC
We're often asked, should we develop a sports commission into our marketplace? What's the difference between a sports commission and convention and visitors bureau?

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Sports' draw giving Florida tourism new life
Herald Tribune
The number of visitors to Sarasota County, Florida, was up by 8 percent for the month, and their direct spending was up by 13 percent. The surge is thanks in part to the growing segment of sports-related tourism events, Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County, said recently at a luncheon event for the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. There are more than 100 different sporting events lined up for 2014.
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$4 million sports facility coming to Wisconsin's Fox Cities
Appleton Post-Crescent
Private investors from Appleton and Green Bay, Wisconsin, will break ground on a 32,000-square-foot, hard-court athletic facility catering to basketball and volleyball. The $4 million facility is aimed at competitive youth teams in the Fox Valley and traveling off-season tournaments, said Appleton's Joe Simo, one of the owners.
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Kentucky city hoping to score high marks with gymnastics competition
WDRB-TV
Some of the nation's elite athletes are tumbling into Louisville, Kentucky, for the USA Gymnastics Championships. But they aren't the only ones competing as a lot is on the line for the city of Louisville.
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Roller Hockey Championships: Playing, staying paying
The News-Press
Two hundred-eighty teams; 4,200 players. Sheer size is one reason the North American Roller Hockey Championships excite inline roller hockey fans. The games started Friday at Estero, Florida's Germain Arena. Add coaches, family members and friends, and the championships nicknamed NARCh bring more than 12,000 visitors to Southwest Florida over a two-week span.
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