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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 | October 4, 2017
Inside Events: Panic in the Dark   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s the time of year for Halloween-themed sports events. To keep its readers in the spirit (see what we did there?), SDM is presenting an overview...more >>


Article | September 26, 2017
Your Home-Field Advantage Starts Here   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Much has been written about home base and home-field advantage. What about when you’re looking for all that in a home away from home? If your...more >>


Article | September 20, 2017
Inside Events: Huntsman World Senior Games   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The Huntsman World Senior Games, an international multi-sport event for athletes age 50 and up, is held in St. George, Utah, next month. It includes...more >>


Article | September 20, 2017
Ski Resorts Reporting a Blizzard of Economic Impact, Even in the Summer   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Fall is moving in and for once, ski resorts aren’t in any rush to see the snow fly. With the off-season (May through October) not even fully over,...more >>


Article | September 20, 2017
IOC President Open to eSports but Prefers the Types of Games that Promote ‘Peace Among People’   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

And you thought the idea of eSports in the Olympics was just going to cause grumbling among purists who rejected its classification as a sport. Get...more >>


Article | September 20, 2017
Latest Stats Show Fishing Reeling in More Participants Than Ever   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Step aside, sport climbing and soccer. What is bringing in kids and adults these days is a sport that has been around for, well, millennia: fishing....more >>


Article | September 20, 2017
CDC Report Shows Crypto Cases on the Rise. What Event Owners Should Know When Choosing Sites for Swimming Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s definitely something in the water. Between the brain-eating amoeba and cyanobacteria, water-borne illnesses have been making the news and...more >>


News | September 12, 2017
As Florida Reels, Irma Moves North – and Neighbors Reach Out to Help   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With Texas still reeling from the blow dealt by Hurricane Harvey, America felt the brunt of a one-two punch when Florida faced its own epic storm,...more >>


Article | September 6, 2017
Plague Bacteria Discovered in Arizona Counties. What Health Officials are Saying and How to be Prepared.   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While a hurricane was washing over portions of Texas, a very different problem was spreading in the desert climate of Arizona. And when folks started...more >>


Article | September 6, 2017
Inside Events: IRONMAN   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

An event that was conceived among a group of friends to find out just who was the toughest athlete, the IRONMAN triathlon quickly developed a...more >>


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