PWHL Stands to Score Change, Drawing More Girls into Ice Hockey
More than 25 years after women's ice hockey made its Olympic debut, the puck dropped for the first time at the Professional Women's Hockey League. After several attempts, women have a paying hockey league and many venues are selling out. With heightened visibility, the league stands to spur female participation in youth female ice hockey events.
| Destination Spotlight
Discover Casper, a Vibrant Sports City with Old West Flair
Centrally located in the heart of Wyoming, Casper offers a unique cultural experience to athletes and families, with a blend of Old West history and urban flair. And with new facilities and more hotel rooms coming online, there's even more to explore. Learn about those new attractions, and about the fun diversions for after games are over, right here.
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| USFL, XFL Merger: What's Next for Professional Spring Football?
Two spring football leagues, the XFL and the USFL, are merging. Teams will begin play as the United Football League (UFL) in March, with a game between the 2023 champions of each former league - the USFL's Birmingham Stallions and the XFL's Arlington (Texas) Renegades. The UFL will debut with eight teams divided into two conferences: USFL and XFL.
| Full-Court Press
While nearly every other team sport has seen a decrease in "play occasions" over the three years from 2019 to 2022, basketball has seen a significant three-year increase. With numbers like that, it's an extremely desirable hosting opportunity, and plenty of facilities around the country are welcoming tournaments of all sizes. Here are just a few.
| Can Safety Data Make 2024 the Year for Synthetic Surfaces in Horse Racing?
The issue of synthetic surfaces for sports is an area of continuing study. The question of whether natural grass or artificial turf is better for youth athletes is a hardy perennial when it comes to debate; however, an entirely different interest group is emerging: That of synthetic surfaces for horse racing tracks. Here's an update on what we know.
| Destinations Ready to Promote the Daylights Out of April's Solar Eclipse
Setting aside events like the Super Bowl and even the Copa America, what is one of the biggest USA-based tourism events? It's the 2024 total solar eclipse, which will happen in April. And right now, millions are planning to travel to what is known as the "path of totality," where the sky will go dark. How are destinations catering to the demand?
| Without a National AED Requirement, Local Lawmakers Crafting Their Own
Despite a year having passed since Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest during an NFL game, there are no nationwide laws governing placement of AEDs at youth sports venues. In the meantime, state lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands, passing AED and CPR laws, often spurred by deaths in their districts. Here are a few.
| Inside Events
Inside Events: American Cornhole League
Founded in 2015, the American Cornhole League (ACL) promotes and develops cornhole as a sport for all ages and skill levels. The organization establishes the rules and regulations to govern the sport around the world. And while it does offer more than 30,000 tournaments a year, its message is simple: Anyone Can Play, Anyone Can Win. Learn more here.
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Muhammad Ali said, "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." If 2024 is your year to give back to the industry, this issue can help. "Bringing in a New Class of Leaders" talks about the qualities that will be in demand in the future. Are we helping others become those leaders? Another article covers an innovative obstacle race that brings together athletes with and without disabilities, and provides good information about adding adaptive categories to events. We're standing on the precipice of 2024. Let's make it a great one.
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| Last word...
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~ Bethany Hamilton, who continued to compete in professional surfing, despite losing one arm in a shark attack.
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