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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 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 >>


Article | July 26, 2017
By the Numbers: The 2017 State Games of America   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

First, the National Senior Games brought upwards of 10,500 athletes (and an additional 15,000 family, friends and spectators) to Birmingham, Alabama....more >>


Article | July 26, 2017
The New Adult Travel Sports Market: Post-Divorce, Newly Single and Ready to Spend   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Youth sports will always have a special place in travel. But one of the best-kept-secret markets the hospitality business also caters to is...more >>


Article | July 26, 2017
Latest Trend: The Rise of Naked Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Theme races. Paint races. Races where people are chased by makeshift bulls. Sports event organizers are getting really creative these days in order...more >>


Article | July 26, 2017
New Equipment Rules to Prevent Cardiac Concussions   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When we last checked in, the sports event world was just learning about cardiac concussion, a potentially fatal injury for youth athletes. It...more >>


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