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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 4, 2019
RV Industry Could Help Make Youth Travel Affordable – if it Can Stay Afloat   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It might be the ultimate definition of stay-to-play. As youth sports travel costs increase, parents are seeking ways to balance the budget. And as a...more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
Thought Pokémon Go Was Dead? Get Ready for the Second Coming   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If you thought Pokemon Go was dead, get ready for the Second Coming of Pikachu. The augmented reality app that was the hot trend in the summer of...more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
High School Sports Are Down. Are Travel Sports to Blame?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The news that participation is down in high school sports isn’t a shock. The real question is whether, and how much, travel sports are to blame....more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
Safeguards in Youth Football Aren’t Helping as Participation Continues to Slide   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s football season – and open season on football as well. The same day the NFHS reported a significant decline in varsity football, a former...more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
Interest Strong in Climbing as Sport Heads for the Olympics   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

No rocks and no hard places here. Climbing is headed for the Olympics in 2020 (and 2024, for that matter) so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that...more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
Will Esports Events Suffer After Being Linked to Mass Shootings?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

There was plenty of fallout after two nearly back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton – and it included esports. ESPN abruptly announced...more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
Green is the New Black: Keeping Events Eco-Friendly Also Makes Them Profitable   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Is green the new black? Eco-friendly initiatives on all levels of sports events, from college tailgates to the Olympics, are on the increase – and...more >>


Article | September 4, 2019
What Birmingham Stands to Gain by Hosting the World Games in 2021   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When the World Games come to Birmingham, Alabama, in 2021, they’ll boost the city’s reputation as a center for multi-sport events on the highest...more >>


Case study | September 3, 2019
With a Renovated Athletic Complex, Lubbock Kicks It into High Gear   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

There are sports destinations. There are popular sports destinations. And there are sports destinations that get so popular their venues need some...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Inside Events: National Club Basketball Association   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The National Club Basketball Association has been serving up men's college basketball (without controversy) for eight years now and is on the verge...more >>


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