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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 18, 2019
Dockless Scooters Posing New Challenge to Road Races   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When a legally blind marathoner in Texas tripped over an abandoned electric scooter in the roadway, it sent a strong message to event owners...more >>


Article | September 18, 2019
Can Recruitment's Image Be Saved After Admissions Scandal?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When USA Cheer recently noted that it had formed a relationship with college recruiting software and resource company, CaptainU, it signified a...more >>


Article | September 18, 2019
Mosquito-Borne Illness Forces Race Postponement: Should Event Owners Worry?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Mosquitoes are hungry, and despite the season, they’re not craving pumpkin spice. In fact, they’re still causing big concerns for sports event...more >>


Article | September 18, 2019
Esports Championships to be Hosted at the JuCo Level - Why is NCAA So Far Behind?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

NCAA who? Esports continues to permeate the college landscape and the most recent announcement shows the growing phenomenon isn’t slowing down. The...more >>


Article | September 18, 2019
What Event Owners Need to Know About E-Bikes’ Push into National Parks and Competitive Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

On the heels of USA Cycling’s note that electrically-powered or -assisted bicycles (e-bikes for short) are finding their way into sanctioned...more >>


Article | September 18, 2019
Inside Events: Cracker Barrell National Battle of the Bands   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

After spending years in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Cracker Barrell National Battle of the Bands, a showcase of marching music by Historically...more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
New Homes for Away Teams   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The continued evolution of sports venues – updates to surfaces, lighting, security and amenities – all helps to create the best possible...more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
Inside Events: Drum Corps International   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Known as Marching Music’s Major League, Drum Corps International has been hosting a competitive summer tour of top marching ensembles for more than...more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
Adapted, Unified Sports are Trending Up: Are Event Owners Responding?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Sports event owners who have not yet created special categories for individuals and teams with disabilities need this wake-up call: adaptive sports...more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
70% of Campuses Now Considering Esports Programs   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Those who have been considering creating or hosting an esports event have some more ammunition for their argument, thanks to a new survey that shows...more >>


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