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Oct. 8, 2015

New issue of NASC Playbook now available
The September issue of the quarterly NASC Playbook is available. Among the features included in this issue are an NASC Member Services Update; NASC to Partner with Ohio University on Certified Sports Event Executive Program; 2016 NASC Sports Event Symposium Preview; 2016 NASC Sports Legacy Beneficiary Announced; Submit an Entry for NASC Member Awards; and The Boom in Sports Facility DevelopmentMore

Safety is Priority 1
Friday night, Oct. 2, Kenny Bui, a senior at Evergreen High in Seattle, Washington was playing defensive back for his school’s football team when he was injured making a tackle. He was taken to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery, but died the following Monday. Kenny becomes the fourth high school football player to die this season in this country because of on-field injuries. More

NASC Member Services Update
The NASC staff and Board of Directors are happy to announce the hiring of an additional staff member to better serve the needs of our ever-growing membership. With a membership that has grown more than 25 percent in the last five years, it is of utmost importance that the national office continues to deliver a high level of personal service to each and every one of our member organizations. Therefore, an additional member services coordinator, Allison Deak, began her tenure with the NASC on Oct. 6, 2015. With this staff change comes some restructuring and shifts in responsibilities of each staff member at the national office to more appropriately handle the volume of daily activity required to service nearly 800 member organizations.More

Olympian plans world-class volleyball facility for Hawaii
Pacific Business News
A major volleyball facility that would host world-class events and support the sports tourism market in Hawaii is being planned for the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako, a state board member for the area confirmed. Kevin Wong, a beach volleyball Olympian and former UCLA All-American, is spearheading the Center of Volleyball Excellence, or COVE, project, which also involves other well-known individuals. More

Sports unify Detroit as great city comes back
Detroit Free Press
In Detroit, sports teams pull everything together — city and suburbs, all races and religions. Sports is the heartbeat of this city; it is our source of pride and fascination. And every day, a new reason why this city will survive is found.More

Greensboro Coliseum lands US Olympic team trials for table tennis
Triad Business Journal
The Greensboro (North Carolina) Coliseum Complex has played host to top level competitors in basketball, swimming, figure skating and gymnastics, and it will add table tennis to that list next year. USA Table Tennis announced that the coliseum has been selected to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the sport.More

Commissioners have questions about proposed Florida sports park
Bay News 9
The old Toytown landfill in St. Petersburg, Florida could get a new life as a spring training facility and sports park, but Pinellas County commissioners aren't quite ready to commit yet. For 20 years, the land east of I-275, known as Toytown, was a dump. On Tuesday, county commissioners got a closer look at the top-ranked proposal for that land: a new sports park.More

Future of Tour stop in Cleveland area in question
Crain's Cleveland Business
The Rust-Oleum Championship is headed west, which leaves Ohio's Lakewood Country Club and the company that owns the former Cleveland Open looking for a new title sponsor and a place on the Tour schedule. Tom Waitrovich, the PGA professional at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, said the golf tournament is "probably moving to Chicago," which would put it closer to Rust-Oleum's Vernon Hills, Illinois, headquarters. More

Evans relives 1996 Olympic torch handoff to Muhammad Ali
NBC Sports
Janet Evans tells people that she would give up all five of her Olympic swimming medals to live that moment just one more time. So Evans considered it an honor to host the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards recently. Evans retold her part of the Atlanta 1996 Olympic torch relay as the next-to-last torch bearer.More

Are parents ruining youth sports? Fewer kids play amid pressure
The Washington Post
The number of children playing team sports is falling, with experts blaming a parent-driven focus on elite travel clubs, specialization in one sport and pursuit of scholarships for hurting the country’s youth sports leagues. Baseball, basketball, softball, soccer and touch football — long staples of American childhood — have all taken hits, worrying public health advocates, league organizers and professional sports organizations.More

New Waco sports commission adds executive director
Waco Tribune-Herald
Will Phipps envisions Waco, Texas as an epicenter for sporting events ranging from youth tournaments to professional events. Phipps was introduced recently as the executive director of the newly formed Greater Waco Sports Commission, and is excited about the possibilities the city offers. More

North Carolina city considers adding new sports commission
The Chronicle
A new proposed sports commission could bring even more athletic events to the home of the Durham Bulls. The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Durham Chamber of Commerce, Duke and North Carolina Central University have been working to form a Durham sports commission, which would try to bring more amateur sporting events and tournaments to the North Carolina city.More

Wireless mouthpiece could prevent athletes' illness, death
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Dana Hawes, the principal at Virginia's Richmond Alternative School, wanted to find a way to help athletes — and their coaches, trainers, parents and guardians — avoid the very real dangers of over-exertion, dehydration and other dangerous conditions. Now, Hawes said, he is developing what he believes is the solution — a high-tech "smart" mouth guard.More

Louisville mayor commissions study to lure MLS franchise
Louisville Business First
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has commissioned Louisville Forward, Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government's economic development arm, to study ways in which the city can enhance the Louisville City FC minor league soccer franchise and potentially attract a Major League Soccer franchise. Fischer said in a news release that the city will work closely with Louisville City FC and economic development, tourism and athletic organizations to wrap their minds around the public and private financial responsibilities that would be tied to a professional soccer expansion in Louisville.More

Tulsa seeks to become a tennis 'mecca' for collegiate events
Tulsa Public Radio
Over the next few months, big time tennis events will mean big bucks for Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ray Hoyt, president of the Tulsa Sports Commission, says three tennis events at Tulsa University will mean about eight million dollars to the Tulsa economy.More

$22 million aquatic center in New York for future Olympians, others proposed
Albany Business Review
A group of swimming enthusiasts wants to build a large aquatics center in Saratoga County, New York, with four pools where aspiring Olympians and children learning how to doggy-paddle could swim year-round. The $22 million Adirondack Aquatic Center would be built under plans being pursued by a not-for-profit group raising money to fund the project.More

Tucson tries another college football bowl game
Arizona Public Media
Arizona Stadium will again host a college football bowl game, this one Dec. 29. The Arizona Bowl will mark the first time a post-season game will take place in Tucson since the Bowl, now called the Cactus Bowl, left for Phoenix in 1999. The University of Arizona's Eller College of Management estimated the economic impact of the game at $25 million.More

San Francisco Giants grow kale and tomatoes in their baseball stadium
The San Francisco Giants baseball team makes their home at AT&T Park alongside the San Francisco Bay. In addition to baseball games, concerts, and special events, guests can now mingle, learn and sample healthy treats in the brand new Giants garden — a green oasis right in the middle of the stadium featuring raised beds, futuristic aeroponics, and a cafe featuring garden goodies. More

Teens benefitting from high intensity interval training
Medical Daily
Physical activity levels tend to lag during teenage years because teens tend to lose interest in physical activity overtime. School, studying, friends and part-time jobs can all keep teens from making exercise a priority. Instead of overwhelming teens with the CDC's daily requirements, researchers suggest up to 10 minutes of high intensity interval training could prove beneficial just three days a week.More