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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 | November 29, 2017
One Year Later: Fire-Ravaged Tennessee Destinations Have Message of Hope for California   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

As residents and business owners take stock of the fire damage to California’s wine country, a sports destination in Eastern Tennessee is watching...more >>


Article | November 29, 2017
New Fitness Report is Treasure Map for Planners in 2018   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s not often planners and destinations are handed a road map of what sports are going to be big in the coming year. The American College of...more >>


Article | November 29, 2017
Social Studies: Sports Event Venues with Bars and More Should Tell Planners Where to Look   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Ever since the ancient Greek athletes ran, wrestled and then headed out for ouzo, socializing has been part of sports. Proof of that dynamic is the...more >>


Article | November 20, 2017
2017 CHAMPIONS OF ECONOMIC IMPACT IN SPORTS TOURISM   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Sports Destination Management is proud to announce the 2017 “Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.” The nominees this year were...more >>


Case study | November 20, 2017
A SoCal Destination with Small-Town Hospitality   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If you thought Los Angeles, site of the 2028 Olympics, had the lock on California’s best sports facilities, prepare to have your paradigm shifted....more >>


Article | November 15, 2017
World Beach Games in San Diego Shrinking in Scope, Budget   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The World Beach Games, originally scheduled for San Diego in 2017, were bumped to 2019. Now, organizers are saying it will be a smaller event, with...more >>


Article | November 15, 2017
By the Numbers: Thanksgiving-Themed Sports Events Keeping Planners in the Black Before Friday   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Black Friday might be the big day for shopping but Thanksgiving is when nearly one million Americans will take to the streets to participate in...more >>


Article | November 15, 2017
Disney is Feeling the Sting of Late Cancellation of Running Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Mickey Mouse won’t be acting as course marshal in Anaheim, thanks to the cancellation of all 2018 RunDisney events. And the late notice has left a...more >>


Article | November 15, 2017
Will Study Proving Synthetic Fields are Safe Finally End the Debate?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While the debate on synthetic turf is reminiscent of a zombie out of the Walking Dead – getting up and shambling along, no matter what kind of...more >>


Article | November 15, 2017
D.C. Mayor Believes the Trump Image Contributed to the Loss of 2022 Gay Games   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Washington, D.C., considered a favorite to win the 2022 Gay Games, came thisclose but lost out to Hong Kong. Speculation abounded that U.S. President...more >>


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