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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 | November 14, 2018
Northern California Fires Wreaking Havoc   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In Northern California, a destructive and fast-moving wildfire is causing widespread fatalities and devastation. Sports events took a back seat as...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
In a Surprise Honor, L.A. Will Host the World Urban Games Next Year   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The next Olympics there may be a decade out but Los Angeles is getting a warm-up. The city has been named to host the first two editions of the World...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
College Triathlon Closing in on NCAA Championship Status   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Women’s triathlon continues its march toward NCAA championship sport status. Need proof? USA Triathlon’s most recent announcement shows Hampton...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
USA Shooting Auction Debacle Shows Importance of Vetting Partners   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The importance of vetting partners and sponsors (and what happens when you apparently don’t) has been on display this week, thanks to a...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
Varsity Letters Now Include BBQ   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Where there’s smoke, there’s high school barbecue teams. Varsity barbecue is a reality and while it’s an exaggeration to say the trend is...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
Inside Events: Maccabi USA   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The World Maccabiah Games is the largest and oldest Jewish athletic competition. Selecting and supporting Team USA is Maccabi USA, which honors,...more >>


Article | October 31, 2018
First eSports Reality Series Hits the Airwaves: What It Means to Event Organizers   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s a cross between MTV’s then-groundbreaking reality series, “The Real World,” (strangers dropped into the petri dish of a house and...more >>


Article | October 31, 2018
Airport HotSpots: the New Hunting Grounds for Cybercriminals   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Just when you thought it was safe to plug back into Wi-Fi. There’s another place where cybercriminals are lurking and it’s a place that event...more >>


Article | October 31, 2018
What is Wellness Tourism and How Can You Harness it for Your Events?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Call it a side effect of sports tourism or perhaps a grown-up variation on it. Wellness tourism, including spa visits, yoga retreats and travels that...more >>


Article | October 31, 2018
Against All Odds, World Beach Games Begins One-Year Countdown   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The World Beach Games organizers are ready to kick sand in doubters’ faces. Having started the one-year countdown until the event take place in San...more >>


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