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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 | May 19, 2020
AAU Walks Back Promise to Host June Youth Volleyball Tournament   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher,Michael Popke

Did the AAU jump the gun in announcing its junior volleyball championship would go on as scheduled? It appears someone thought so. While one...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Inside Events: The Varsity Esports Foundation   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

There’s no doubt that esports is exploding in popularity. And at the forefront of the movement to help put quality esports in high schools is the...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
No International NFL Games This Year Could Signify Deeper Problems   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When the NFL announced its 2020 schedule, it didn’t include any of the five expected international games (four in England and one in Mexico). The...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Organizers Scrambling to Avoid a Year Without a Triple Crown   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With the Kentucky Derby moving to the end of the summer (and increasingly being nicknamed the “Labor Derby"), the question is when or even whether...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Post-COVID Sports: Stadium Disinfecting Drones, Cardboard Spectators   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

What will sports look like in a post-COVID-19 era? While sports are announcing their comeback events, the spectator side is an example of...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
This Week’s Pivoting Heroes: Clean the World Foundation   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The buzzword of the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t “quarantine.” It’s “pivot,” defined as the shift a company can make to fill a need in the...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
The Sport Where You Don’t Inhale Has Olympic Ambitions   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Everyone has heard the debate of what does (and doesn’t) constitute a sport, as well as what should (and shouldn’t) be included in the Olympics....more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Open for Business and Up for Bid: USA Triathlon’s National Championships   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Need more proof the sports tourism industry is moving forward? USA Triathlon has it. The organization’s 2022 and 2023 Youth and Junior Nationals,...more >>


Article | May 12, 2020
Youth Baseball Makes Post-Lockdown Debut   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Play ball…carefully. That was the message in St. Louis over the weekend where a youth baseball game took place. And yes, social distancing was...more >>


Article | May 12, 2020
Washing Up: World Beach Games Announce Another Postponement   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The World Beach Games really can’t get a break. Previously scheduled for 2021, the Games are being moved to 2023 to avoid conflicts with the...more >>


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