|Issue #22: October 21, 2015|
The Metropolis of Sports: Kansas City, Missouri
For more than a hundred years, Kansas City, Missouri, has been known as the City of Fountains, and it is widely known for serving up some of the world's best barbecue. But in the last few decades, Kansas City has added a new nickname to its list: City of Fanatics - sports fanatics, that is. To the long list of Kansas City accolades, Travel + Leisure Magazine recently added a new title: one of America's Top 10 Cities for Sports-Crazed Fans. After hosting a homerun World Series, Kansas City became widely known as a championship sports host. But if baseball and barbecue are all you know about Kansas City, prepare to have your sports mind blown.
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|2016 US Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cups Announced|
US Youth Soccer has announced the dates and locations for the 2016 US Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cups - a progressive, competitive experience for US Youth Soccer teams from the state to regional to US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup level. Four regionals are held, followed by the National Presidents Cup.
|Youth Soccer Groups Adopting Headgear, But Slowly|
The Women's World Cup may be in the rear-view but the issue of head injuries remains top of mind for many soccer parents. And coaches of youth teams, apparently, are listening. The recent adoption at the high school level of professional-grade head protection is part of a trend that is growing -- slowly.
Major League Eating
Hot dog-eating contests. Buffalo wing-eating contests. Even traditional Purim cookie-eating contests. Whether held as standalone events or in conjunction with larger sports events or festivals (think chili-eating contests at NASCAR tailgate festivities), competitive eating has moved into the mainstream. Richard Shea of Major League Eating (MLE) which organizes and sanctions competitions, discusses the trends.
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The calendar is turning, and sports are moving along. It's time to start planning softball tournaments, so don't miss this roundup of some of the best diamonds in the country. The Summer Olympics in Rio will bring extra attention to water sports and to gymnastics - something else covered in these pages. You can learn about negotiating with venues, working with sports commissions and CVBs, event security and the newest trends in team travel. There are great articles on facilities in the Southwest and Pacific, and on facilities across the U.S. A new season of sports is here. Turn the page and get a sneak peek.
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