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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 | November 15, 2017
By the Numbers: Thanksgiving-Themed Sports Events Keeping Planners in the Black Before Friday   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Black Friday might be the big day for shopping but Thanksgiving is when nearly one million Americans will take to the streets to participate in...more >>


Article | November 15, 2017
Disney is Feeling the Sting of Late Cancellation of Running Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Mickey Mouse won’t be acting as course marshal in Anaheim, thanks to the cancellation of all 2018 RunDisney events. And the late notice has left a...more >>


Article | November 15, 2017
Will Study Proving Synthetic Fields are Safe Finally End the Debate?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While the debate on synthetic turf is reminiscent of a zombie out of the Walking Dead – getting up and shambling along, no matter what kind of...more >>


Article | November 15, 2017
D.C. Mayor Believes the Trump Image Contributed to the Loss of 2022 Gay Games   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Washington, D.C., considered a favorite to win the 2022 Gay Games, came thisclose but lost out to Hong Kong. Speculation abounded that U.S. President...more >>


Article | November 15, 2017
Inside Events: National High School Rodeo Association   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Rodeo is a unique piece of Americana with roots extending deep into history. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the National High School Rodeo...more >>


Article | November 1, 2017
Inside Events: Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

As a sports travel market, cheer is huge, with areas of special interest continuing to emerge. Meet the organization with not only national...more >>


Article | November 1, 2017
Rental Cars Becoming a New Endangered Species   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

And you thought bottled water was going to be hard to come by. The aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey has created something most people never...more >>


Article | November 1, 2017
On the Radar: College Triathlon is on the Rise   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When USA Triathlon announced Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, as the latest school in the nation to add a varsity women’s triathlon...more >>


Article | November 1, 2017
Sports Events Can Expect Clashes with Travel Ban   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Sometimes, world news and sports travel collide and the travel ban is about to make that happen – a lot. In early October, an athlete from Iran was...more >>


Article | November 1, 2017
In Ironic Twist, U.S. Back in the Game to Host Winter Olympics   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Want irony? The IOC has it. Innsbruck (who previously stepped in to host the 1976 Olympics following the first-ever referendum from the U.S.) just...more >>


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