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Mary Helen Sprecher

Sports Destination Management


Mary Helen Sprecher

Mary Helen Sprecher is the managing editor of Sports Destination Management. She has been a technical writer for more than 25 years with the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national association of designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, and as such, has written for a variety of magazines in the sports and fitness industry. Sprecher has written on various topics relating to sports facility design, construction and supply, as well as sports medicine and health issues.

Previously, she was a full-time newspaper reporter in Baltimore, Maryland and has been an instructor in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Goucher College, where she taught meeting and event planning courses.


Article | April 18, 2018
Changing Roles: Kindra Fry, President and CEO of Bryan College Station and Chairman of NASC, Shares Insights   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The work of Kindra Fry right now can be summed up in two words: expanded responsibilities. She’s settling into the new role of president and CEO of...more >>


Article | April 18, 2018
Inside Events: U.S. Futsal   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Futsal, the indoor game of soccer, is overseen in this country by U.S. Futsal. The sport is growing at a rapid pace as the news spreads about its...more >>


Article | April 18, 2018
Can Groundbreaking ‘Digital Detox’ Lead to Cross-Promotions with Mind Sports?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When Visit Pittsburgh announced the Digital Detox Weekend, so hotel guests could swap their devices for ‘unplugged’ activities such as board...more >>


Article | April 18, 2018
Squaring Off Against Melanoma Can Yield Big Returns for Event Organizers   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Sports events can learn a lot from watching one another. The recent partnership between a national governing body and a foundation to prevent...more >>


Article | April 18, 2018
Journey to the Center of the Earth: Subterranean Venues on the Rise   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In the arms race to find new and different venues for sports events, there’s something big going down: underground sports. And whether that means...more >>


Article | April 4, 2018
Inside Events: Pro-Am Beach Soccer   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Beach soccer is a sport on the grow and Pro-Am Beach Soccer, with youth and adult tournaments across the U.S. as well as internationally, is on the...more >>


Article | April 4, 2018
With Anglers in Louisiana Tournaments Risking Arrest, B.A.S.S. Seeks Legislation   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When one of the world’s biggest bass fishing tournament organizers throws in the towel on a favorite destination, it’s bad. When it’s a quirk...more >>


Article | April 4, 2018
New Youth Basketball Includes Lower Hoops, Smaller Balls and No Zone Defense   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When baseball created a kids’ game by instituting tee-ball, smaller diamonds and more, it made not just a developmental pathway but in the process,...more >>


Article | April 4, 2018
Yellow Fever Creating Problems for International Sports Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Rio, whose sports venues were abandoned to fall into ruin after the Olympics, was presented with a rare opportunity – that of hosting the...more >>


Article | April 4, 2018
After Delays and Drawbacks, 2019 World Beach Games Taking Shape in San Diego   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Despite some bad beginnings and missteps, including a big promise, a big delay, a big budget cut and a smaller footprint, the 2019 World Beach Games...more >>


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