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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 | August 23, 2017
Inside Events: The Supergirl Gamer Pro eSports Tournament   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

eSports is becoming an influential player in the sports event industry. But while there’s a nearly 50/50 split among male and female players,...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
By the Numbers: High School Sports Skyrocketing in Popularity   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Travel teams may be bringing in the big money, but high school sports have some big numbers of their own. The 2016-2017 school year bears that out,...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
Inside Events: The International Mind Sports Association   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

This is not your high school chess club. With six international federations representing mind sports including Bridge, Go, Mahjong, Draughts, Xiangqi...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
Hiring Gen Z: What Event Owners Need to Know Now   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Waiting tables. Lifeguarding. Babysitting. Teen jobs used to come in predictable shapes and sizes. These days, they’re likely to take a very...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
Name Change for Synchronized Swimming Bellyflops   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The announcement that synchronized swimming would be rebranded ‘artistic swimming’ was received in synchro circles with as much appreciation as a...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
Youth Sports End of Season Celebrations: Entertainment Mainstay Presents Increasing Liability   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

We’re in the season of late-summer parties to close out youth swim teams, sports camps, rec programs, softball, baseball and more, just before the...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
Sports Organizers Promoting the Daylights Out of Solar Eclipse   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The solar eclipse is less than 10 days away, and sports event organizers are in overdrive, offering promotional tie-ins. Here’s an update on the...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
It's Undebatable. Football Causes CTE. Now What?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Of all the headlines, The New York Times had the most succinct: "111 NFL Brains. All But One Had CTE." The story broke in late July, confirming what...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
Camping Continues to Gain Favor as a Lodging Alternative for Sports Travel   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

As youth sports participation continues to grow, so do lodging costs. Camping is fast becoming a solution, though parents and kids aren’t ready to...more >>


Article | July 26, 2017
Travel Ban to North Korea the Latest Blow to United Image PyeongChang 2018 Wants to Project   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

PyeongChang, South Korea, is open for business, but a U.S. travel ban to North Korea illustrates the unresolved tensions in that part of the world....more >>


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