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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 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 >>


Article | May 22, 2020
With a Vaccine Under Review, Will Youth Sports Develop a Policy?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If an anti-COVID vaccine becomes available, will youth sports require it? It’s impossible to say, considering that a vaccine is still in the...more >>


Article | May 21, 2020
New Guidelines for Safe Reopening of Sports, Live Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

As the U.S. works toward what might be its soft reopening (with some states going a little softer than others), the sports industry is feeling its...more >>


Article | May 20, 2020
Call of Duty: U.S. Army Turns to Esports for Recruitment Tactics   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With walk-in recruiting stations, community fairs and high school presentations (previously some of its most effective avenues of enlistment) shut...more >>


Article | May 20, 2020
Women’s Flag Football Headed for the Varsity Level   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

College athletic offerings for women continue to proliferate and with them, the opportunities for destinations to host more events. With the...more >>


Article | May 20, 2020
Counterfeit Hand Sanitizer? How Low Will Criminals Go?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Wow. How low can you go? A recent report from a promotional products newsletter carried the unhappy news that unscrupulous merchandise companies have...more >>


Article | May 19, 2020
Inside Events: STUNT   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In a season full of cancelled competitions and closed-down campuses, USA Cheer has some welcome good news. STUNT, the organization’s all-female...more >>


Article | May 19, 2020
National Senior Games Adopts New Rules for Cancelled State Qualifiers   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With COVID-19 putting the brakes on almost every state games, national multi-sport events that require athletes to qualify at their local level find...more >>


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