Issue #22: October 21, 2015

Sports Travel Organizers Looking Into Opportunities for Teams, Others to Give Back to Local Communities

There's a word for it now: voluntourism: a hybrid activity that harnesses the ability to travel with the ability to leave behind more than footprints. Think: traveling to a city and taking a few hours to help revitalize a playground or clean a stream. And it's becoming the new trend in sports tourism.

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Destination Spotlight

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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In other news and commentary...
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.

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USA Ultimate to Bring 2016 National Championships to Rockford

The Rockford Area CVB will host the 2016 USA Ultimate National Championships, a to be held Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2016. Rockford will join forces with Ultimate Chicago, the organizer of nationally recognized tournaments such as Chicago Heavyweights and Sandblast, to prepare for the event.

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NCAA Awards 2016, 2017 National Championship Beach Volleyball Sites

The NCAA® Beach Volleyball Committee selected Gulf Shores, Alabama, as the host site for the inaugural National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship. The NCAA's 90th and newest National Championship will debut May 6-8, 2016 at the Gulf Shores Public Beach, according to the Orange Beach Sports Commission.

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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.

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Inside Events

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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September/October 2015

September/October 2015

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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