July/August 2011 | Sports Destination Management

July/August 2011


Sports Destination Management Magazine

July/August 2011

It's summer again and chances are good you're working at top speed. Kids are out of school, so summer sports camps, team tours and rec programs are in full swing, as are everything from tennis tournaments to 5Ks to swim meets. It all adds up to a full schedule for planners.
But in the midst of our crunch season, it's essential we remember how we got here, and what (or actually, who) keeps us here: the athletes. We love their ever-developing skill, their enthusiasm and their competitiveness. We love the way they've embraced their sports. And (need we say it?) we love the way they keep us busy.

Our most important responsibility -- to sport, to society as a whole and even to ourselves -- is to keep those athletes coming up through the ranks. Get your own athletes together and offer a free afternoon or morning skill clinic at least once this summer to teach local kids about the sport. Maybe it's volleyball, maybe it's lacrosse or swimming or something else. The point is to get kids active and turn them on to all the fun things sports can offer.

In this issue

The Roots of Roping

BY: Juli Anne Patty

A lot of sports are popular in America, but only a handful of those sports have their roots in American soil. Rodeo is one of them. Born on a Western ranch, rodeo is a sport inspired not by play, but by the hard-won skills that American cowboys used to put food on their tables. The result: rodeo is more than a sport. It's a tradition. And it's one that Americans all over the country are returning to, crowd by sell-out crowd. more....