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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 | July 24, 2019
Will the USWNT World Cup Victory Spur New Growth? Not Necessarily   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While the prevailing theory is that little girls will hit the soccer fields by the millions in response to the USWNT capturing the World Cup,...more >>


Article | July 10, 2019
Esports Tournaments Coming to a Mall Near You   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If malls are on death row, a new partnership with an esports company might just be the call from the governor they’ve been waiting for. Can the...more >>


Article | July 10, 2019
Immigrants, Holocaust and Refugee Causes Find Footing with Sports Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In June, the world reeled in shock at the image of the father and daughter who drowned trying to flee across the Rio Grande. Sports organizations...more >>


Article | July 10, 2019
Want to Host the Olympics? Take a Vote   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It took a long time – and plenty of embarrassing episodes – but the IOC is finally going to start requiring all cities to conduct a referendum if...more >>


Article | July 10, 2019
Will Lifeguard Shortage Hurt Swim Meets this Summer?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Lifeguards used to hold the same iconic status as football quarterbacks, head cheerleaders and the class president. But now, pool owners and...more >>


Article | July 10, 2019
Inside Events: The Symetra Tour   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Now in its 39th season, the Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour for the LPGA Tour. It brings the next generation of professional golfers to...more >>


Article | June 26, 2019
Too Often Unnoticed, Playgrounds Pose Extreme Heat Danger   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Plenty is written about keeping young athletes from overheating. But right beside the sports fields is something that can pose an equally grave...more >>


Article | June 26, 2019
Cheating in Fishing Tournaments Spawns High-Tech Safeguards   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Sometime, people just need a high-five. In the face. With a fish. Preferably the one they’re dishonestly trying to pass off as something they...more >>


Article | June 26, 2019
Will News of Deaths on Everest Affect Climbing Tourism in the U.S.?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The picture showed a long line of climbers winding like a bizarre crocodile across icy ridges, trying to summit Everest. Not only would all of them...more >>


Article | June 26, 2019
Call of Duty: Gamers Take on U.S. Army Boot Camp   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Esports continues to challenge the old stereotype of gamers as sedentary slobs who lack real-world involvement. In fact, its newest foray takes them...more >>


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