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NASC hosts board retreat in Grand Rapids to preview city for 2016 NASC Symposium
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The Board of Directors of the National Association of Sports Commissions are in town this week for their annual board retreat while previewing the region's venues, hotels and restaurants in anticipation of Grand Rapids hosting the 24th NASC Sports Event Symposium April 3-7, 2016. They named Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports as the beneficiary of the NASC Sports Legacy Fund in 2016 — an NASC tradition to make a lasting impact on the community hosting its annual symposium.
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Go Fund Them
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With students going back to school this month (if they haven't already), families are facing a familiar task: Getting kids into sports and finding the money to pay for the activities. With schools pinched for resources and parents nickled-and-dimed with school fees this time of year, some teams and/or individual families are now looking at the crowdfunding route to pay for their kids' recreational fees.
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Billions in funding has been cut from school sports programs in recent years, and it's estimated that more than a quarter of U.S. public high schools will not have ANY sports programs by 2020. That's why the Foundation has made its mission to make a lasting impact in the community by supporting programs that inspire and enable sports participation.
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Lingering Texas flooding has soccer programs scrambling
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When Melissa Edwards looks at the bleachers and benches surrounded by mud and water a full two months after Texas' Lake Grapevine flooded, the extent of the damage to four large soccer fields is overwhelming. "This was our flagship facility," said Edwards, president of the Grapevine-Southlake Soccer Club. "And I do say 'was.'" The majority of the fields are still underwater and those that aren't are covered in thick layers of mud and sand.
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MLB players: Trying to enforce smokeless tobacco ban futile for cities
The Chicago Tribune
Chicago Cubs reliever James Russell sported an amused look on his face when he learned the city of San Francisco will try to ban a traditional habit that he and some of his baseball brethren have shared for years. "It's not going to stop me from dipping," Russell after being informed Mayor Edward M. Lee signed an ordinance in May that will ban smokeless tobacco from all public fields, including AT&T Park, starting Jan. 1.
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Great Lakes Sports Festival to help Erie 'Find its Fitness'
Erie Sports Commission
The Great Lakes Sports Festival will return to Erie, Pennsylvania's Bayfront Convention Center for the second time Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30. The expanded two-day event will feature various strength and fitness competitions, youth sports events, a walk to support RSD awareness, and a "Find Your Fitness" Expo. "I wanted to create an event that allowed athletes of many different disciplines the opportunity to come together at one event and celebrate fitness and competition," said Jack Sullivan, event director and owner of REAL Training and Fitness in Erie. "With the help of the Erie Sports Commission, my hope is that Erie will come to the event to see these top-notch athletes perform."
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San Antonio marathon, half marathon & health/fitness expo RFP
San Antonio Sports
San Antonio Sports is seeking a qualified production and/or management firm to produce an annual major national/international marathon, half marathon and associated health and fitness expo, which may include other ancillary events such as a 10K foot race, bike race, kids run, etc. in downtown San Antonio. These services should provide San Antonio with international media exposure, attract local, regional, national and international runners and visitors during the marathon that will result in incremental room nights, increased visitation, higher hotel occupancy and generate positive community relations. For more information and a copy of the RFP, visit SanAntonioSports.org/Marathon.
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Concrete jungle redefined: How urban agriculture improves wellness
By Bianca Gibson
From urban farms to green roofs and school gardens, urban agriculture's popularity has steadily increased in recent years — and for good reason. Urban agriculture plants a seed of wellness by improving physical and mental health, community revitalization and environmental awareness. The Boston Red Sox are the latest sports team to participate in the urban agriculture movement. What started with a few beefsteak tomato plants to reverse bad karma has transitioned to an expansive urban farm.
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IWF World Championships come to the USA and the equipment goes Americana
Houston Sports Authority
The 2015 IWF World Championships Local Organizing Committee announced that for the first time in World Championships history the Eleiko weight sets used for athlete training and competition will have an "Americana" feel specifically designed for the competition this November at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center. The "Americana" theme will be paired with features from the event logo and will be unique to 87 branded sets.
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The secret weapon in kids' sports
U.S. News & World Report
According to Jill Castle, a registered dietitian nutritionist, mother of four athletic children and author of "Eat Like a Champion," "a growing, athletic child's nutrient needs are different than a mature adult's. Coaches and parents often overlook the importance of good nutrition for youth sports, so these athletes do not eat to compete. Rather, they are slowed down by poor diets, inadequate calories and wrong foods, which can affect their performance and long-term health."
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How sports hydration affects performance
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There's nothing exciting about monitoring your hydration or drinking more water. However, skimping on H2O, could seriously limit athletic potential. Time to revisit a few aspects of the relationship between dehydration and performance that you might not recall.
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New event center, baseball field unveiled in Texas city
Temple Daily Telegram
The joint effort of three Cameron, Texas groups was unveiled recently during an event to show off the city's new multiplex tourism event center in the Cameron Business Park, Phase II. The new event center was a combined project involving the city of Cameron, the Cameron Economic Development Corp. and the Cameron Independent School District.
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Exam stress can cause injuries in college athletics
RedOrbit
Student athletes, especially the team's starters, are more likely to suffer an injury while preparing for an upcoming test, University of Missouri researchers have discovered. The study found players were 3.19 times more likely to have an injury restriction during the weeks with high academic stress, such as weeks with an exam or big project.
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Why should you care about sports science?
Soccer America
Although injuries in youth players occur at an alarming rate they are seldom questioned, but accepted as normal, and "traditional" training practices are continually embraced. Reality is, and sports science supports it, the majority of non-contact, overuse, and growth-related injuries are preventable. The good news is it is not so much science as it is logic, although it may push you out of your comfort zone.
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NASC Career Center
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Director of Sports Sales & Development, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission
The Director of Sports Sales & Development is responsible for prospecting and qualifying sports events business, to maintain relationships with event rights holders. This position plays a pivotal role in local community relationships, as well as venue development.
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Wearable fitness devices often carry security risks
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
From allowing a user to accidentally post activity logs on social media showing the number of calories burned during sex to helping jealous types keep tabs on their significant others to permitting the owner to transmit false data about physical activity, wearable fitness devices such as Fitbit, Nike FuelBand, Polar Loop and Jawbone UP come with the potential for a number of unintended consequences.
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Pop-up parks add to Philadelphia summer fun
The News Journal
If you are walking around Philadelphia this summer, you're bound to stumble upon at least one urban oasis, and probably two or three, as an increasing number of empty lots and underused spaces around the city have been transformed into pop-up parks. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society began the pop-up garden trend in 2011 as a way to connect the public to its programs and events.
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