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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 40 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 | June 4, 2020
A Running Resurgence is on but Large Events May Be on Hold for Now   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With gyms closed, it’s no surprise that people are lacing up their running shoes, pumping air into their bicycle tires and hitting the roads and...more >>


Article | June 3, 2020
US Soccer, US Youth Soccer Clash on Allowing Travel Tournaments   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Oh, boy. Talk about a buzz kill. US Soccer has released its return-to-play guidelines for youth soccer, recommending a phased-in approach with...more >>


Article | June 3, 2020
With Breakfast Buffets a Casualty of COVID-19, What Will Replace Them?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

At first glance, it seems a minor point: buffet-style restaurants will cease to be offered, at least for the foreseeable future, in the ongoing...more >>


Article | June 2, 2020
Virtual Tailgates Allowing College Traditions to Continue   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If the coronavirus has been successful in shutting down a majority of sports, it’s clear that people are finding ways around it. The college...more >>


Article | June 2, 2020
The Latest Pivot: Bobbleheads of Essential Heroes, Even Dr. Fauci   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In a season of cancelled competitions, that stalwart souvenir, the bobblehead, might not exactly be flying off the shelves. But the National...more >>


Article | June 1, 2020
With Gun Sales on the Rise, Shooting Venues are in the Right Place   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In the wake of the pandemic, outdoor sports, including fishing, kayaking, cycling, hiking and running, have flourished. The opening of a new shooting...more >>


Article | June 1, 2020
CDC Releases Guidelines for Youth Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

We’ve seen guidelines for how to have a safe venue. Now from the CDC, we have considerations for safely restarting youth sports. Activities are...more >>


Article | June 1, 2020
Will Personal Stimulus Checks Go Toward Youth Sports Fees?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Americans are starting to receive their stimulus checks of $1,200 per individual and $500 for each child. So what are they spending it on? While much...more >>


Article | May 26, 2020
High School Sports Ready to Take the Field…in Stages   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With many states starting the reopening process, high school sports may be on the way back as well, at least in certain areas. In some cases, that...more >>


Article | May 23, 2020
Up for Bid and Open for Business: World Triathlon’s 2021 Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Need some more proof the sports economy is restarting? Here it is: The International Triathlon Union has opened the bidding processes for the 2020...more >>


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