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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 | January 24, 2018
Flu Epidemic Putting Sports Event Planners on Notice   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Chicken pox. Measles. Mumps. Zika. Legionnaires Disease. Even plague. They’ve all threatened sports events over the past five or so years. Now,...more >>


Article | January 24, 2018
The Career Conundrum: Race Director Business Survey Shows Rough Road Ahead   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Have we actually had a snapshot view of our industry from the employment side? Didn’t think so. But Road Race Management, an organization of race...more >>


Article | January 10, 2018
Snowed Under: The Toll of the ‘Bomb Cyclone’ on Sports Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Snowmageddon. Bombogenesis. Bomb Cyclone. Whatever handle or hashtag you choose to hang on it, the weather is brutally cold and the precipitation has...more >>


Article | January 10, 2018
New Waters: Competitive Fishing Event Owners Need to Understand Role of Women in Sport’s Growth   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Fishing, long the bastion of men, is seeing the growth of another demographic: women. And event owners should be ready because the rising tide...more >>


Article | January 10, 2018
Six Years Before 2024, Squash Winding Up the Spin Cycle (Again)   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

We know where the 2024 and 2028 Olympics will be. The next question is which sports will be there. With six years until Paris2024, squash is winding...more >>


Article | January 10, 2018
Three Emerging Sports for Women: Will 2018 be their Year?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Okay, so “become an NCAA championship sport” is not your typical New Year’s resolution. But three collegiate sports, labeled “emerging sports...more >>


Article | January 10, 2018
By the Numbers: Winter Sports Growing in Unexpected Places   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Who says the mountain resorts out west have all the fun? According to a new study, nearly half of U.S. snow-seekers are heading to the South Atlantic...more >>


Article | January 10, 2018
Inside Events: The ParaLong Drive Cup   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When golf went into the Olympics, it seemed a Paralympic version would follow. When that didn’t happen, other opportunities for competition were...more >>


Article | December 13, 2017
With Olympics in View, eSports Makes 2017 a Year to Remember   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Despite the always heated debate regarding whether or not they are, in fact, actually sports, eSports continues to evolve. The past year has been...more >>


Article | December 13, 2017
With a Bid on International Table Tennis, San Jose Spins into the Limelight   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When Dionne Warwick hit the charts in 1968 with “Do you know the way to San Jose,” she put the city on the pop culture map. Nearly 50 years...more >>


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