AED Awareness, Demand for CPR Training Surge After Hamlin Incident
More than three weeks after Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field, questions are being asked about emergency preparedness in youth sports. Unfortunately, as of 2021, only 17 states had laws on the books requiring AEDs on school campuses - and there's no knowing whether parks, rec centers and other areas have them at all.
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With Two Elite Venues and a Rich History, Maryland IS Horse Country
Maryland is horse country. Those who have viewed the state as the home of the Preakness - well, you're not wrong - the second jewel in thoroughbred racing's coveted Triple Crown does tend to attract a lot of attention. But with two of the most sophisticated equestrian venues in the world, this state stands ready to stable all types of events.
Hosting a Successful Event is a Breeze in Erie, PA
Erie, Pennsylvania, has all the makings of a sportscation destination, but don't just take our word for it. Dione Masters of the Strongman Corporation came to Erie to host the Strongman Corporation National Championships in October 2022 and can talk all about it. Learn more about our accessible, drivable destination and all it has to offer your event.
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| Get Your BID On: 2023-24 5v5 Soccer National Championship |
If you have the fields, T2 Sporting has the athletes, families and spectators - and they're actively looking for hosts of the 2023-24 5v5 Soccer National Championship. A grassroots marketing strategy is in place to work with local organizations who want to host this great event. Here is all the information on what is needed, how to apply and more.
| The NCAA Board Approved the Transformation Committee's Report. What's Next? |
Recently, the SDM Blitz covered the salient points of the report of the NCAA's Division I Transformation Committee. Among other recommendations, the committee wanted to allow certain sports to have an increase of up to 25 percent of teams competing in annual championship events. The NCAA board has now approved those recommendations. What comes next?
| Team Sports Participation Increasing But Not Quite Back to Pre-2020 Levels |
New data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association's "U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report" for 2022 indicates that while participation numbers are increasing (68.3 million athletes), they are quite not back to the levels established in 2019 (70.8 million). There's lots of good news, too, though, about sports and athletes. Find out more here.
| Will a New Measles Outbreak Threaten Youth Sports? |
A measles outbreak in Ohio has sickened 85 children and hospitalized close to half of those. Doctors say none of those affected had been fully vaccinated against what they are terming "the world's most contagious virus." Travel sports, including indoor tournaments in basketball and volleyball, bring children together, raising concerns among organizers.
| NCAA Names STUNT as its Newest DII Emerging Sport for Women |
As STUNT, the team sport that uses cheer skills but removes the crowd-leading aspect, begins its 13th season, it can do so having reached a milestone in its development. On Saturday, January 14, STUNT was elevated to NCAA emerging sport status by the Division II membership at the 2023 NCAA Convention. It now begins the climb toward championship status.
| Could Trail Racing be the New Bullriding or Poker? Organizers Think So |
Road race organizers expect to see a return to pre-2020 numbers this year but the bigger news is in trail running. That sport has grown by an astonishing 231 percent over the past 10 years but even more importantly, the payouts for winners are increasing, the product of a growing registrant base. Could it be the new World Series of Poker?
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Inside Events: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
This year, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, America's second-longest continuously held sporting event, will take place on May 8 and 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. SDM caught up with Danny Zausner, COO of the tennis center, to find out more about what went into the hosting decision.
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We're headed into the new year - with all the best intentions. And we can safely say we're not only back to normal but better than normal. Attendance in events and economic impact are shattering records, travel is back in a big way and hotels are starting to report sellouts for conventions and other events. That's a great start. If one of your goals was self-improvement, this issue can help you become well-versed on industry issues like insurance, adaptive sports events and more. 2023 is off to a great start. Let's keep the momentum and enjoy the ride.
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| Last word... |
"I couldn't always be right but I always tried to be honest."
~ Art McNally, the first NFL referee ever to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, who died on January 1 at age 97.
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