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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 | September 19, 2018
Sports Events Feel Florence’s Wrath   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Hurricane Florence might have become Tropical Storm Florence but there was no downgrading its catastrophic effects. Sports events might have been the...more >>


Article | September 19, 2018
Can a Pro eSports League Help the Move toward the Olympics – or is it a False Start?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

No magic. No shooting. Oh, and it needs to be based on real sports. Those have been the ground rules the IOC has laid before it will consider...more >>


Article | September 19, 2018
Para-Beach Volleyball Could be Next Big Wave in Adaptive Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The next big wave in the para-sport sector – and something event owners need to be ready for – is para-beach volleyball. And as its organizers...more >>


Article | September 19, 2018
Backpack Bans in High School Arenas Could Create Problems for Event Organizers   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In an effort to increase student safety at sports events, high school districts are increasingly banning backpacks from gyms, stadiums and fields....more >>


Article | September 19, 2018
Inside Events: Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s the equestrian discipline that combines horsemanship and marksmanship – with a healthy dose of historical accuracy. Cowboy mounted shooting...more >>


Case study | September 14, 2018
Discover the Unexpected: El Paso   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

You may think you know El Paso. You may even have been to El Paso. But Brooke Underwood, director of convention development for Destination El Paso,...more >>


Article | September 13, 2018
Outstanding Facilities: No Matter Where it Plays Out, the Venues are in Here   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

No matter what they’re looking for – diamonds, courts, rinks, fields, tracks, trails or anything else – all planners have one thing in common:...more >>


Article | September 5, 2018
Inside Events: USA Obstacle Course Racing   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

USA Obstacle Racing, the national governing body for obstacle sports, exists to promote the sport of OCR nationwide. Meet the staff, its goals and...more >>


Article | September 5, 2018
Theme Runs Enjoying Strong Popularity. Can It Last?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Where have all the traditional runners gone? You know, the ones who throw on a T-shirt and shorts and do a 5K? They are being replaced by runners...more >>


Article | September 5, 2018
National Hunting and Fishing Day Creating a ‘Call to Action’ for Event Organizers   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The announcement that National Hunting and Fishing Day is to be celebrated on September 23 might have landed in your outbox one minute and been...more >>


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