Winning on the Beach (Despite the Drama) in a Reopening Event
How would you like to be the first tournament in Northern California after the June 15 reopening? Tighe O'Sullivan of ProAm Beach Soccer talks about the work that led up to the 16th Annual Santa Cruz Open (spoiler: a lot of work in a very compressed time frame), the challenges and the rewards - as well as a few takeaways for event owners nationwide.
Here in Huntsville, We've Got Space
"We've Got Space" is Huntsville's slogan, appropriate to our history in space exploration, as the home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. But we also have space for tournaments, championships and winning experiences. And when the games are over, we have space to unwind and relax. Learn more here.
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|Could Minor League Baseball Teams Get PPP Funding?|
If you can ignore the puns (Congress is going to bat for Minor League Baseball. Government is stepping up to the plate to help), the concept is solid. A bipartisan measure could allow affected teams to draw from $550 million in unused pandemic relief funds in order to pay the salaries of workers who might otherwise have to be let go. Learn more here.
|Midwest Success: US Youth Soccer's College Showcase|
When US Youth Soccer announced that a total of 280 boys' and girls' teams, mostly from out of state, had competed at its recent college showcase at Grand Park, it was proof positive the rebound was on. SDM talked to Marc Frankland, League Manager for US Youth Soccer's Midwest Conference and Great Lakes Conference, to get his insights on the event.
|Where They're Racing, There Are No Roads|
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... flying car? Oh, wait. Multiple flying cars, all part of a new race series set to debut later this year and make international headlines. The concept has moved from the cartoon lives of the Jetsons to the skies of today, thanks to Airspeeder. Learn more about the vehicles and the company that makes them, here.
|Up for Bid: International Slow Pitch Softball Championships|
Want to get your BID on? Here's one for hosting communities with a softball complex. International Slow Pitch Softball is seeking sites for its state, national and world championships from 2022-2024. The rewards are great: more than $2 million economic impact for a three-day tournament. Ready to step up to the plate? Here's all the information.
|Failed Spring Football League Being Resurrected|
Major League Football. The Pacific Pro League. Arena Football. Alliance of American Football. What do they have in common? They're all in the graveyard of failed football leagues. So what just happened this month? The US Football League has been resurrected (it was last seen between 1983 and 1986). Here are all the details.
|Premier Lacrosse League Continues Expansion|
When Major League Lacrosse and the Premier Lacrosse League announced in late 2020 that they would be merging to operate under the "Premier Lacrosse League" banner, the future of a handful of MLL teams remained uncertain. Months later, the sport has contracted but the Premier League's popularity continues to increase in all cities across the board.
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How did you get your start in the industry? Were you a sports standout in school and wanted to stay connected to what you loved? Did you drift in from another profession, such as meeting planning or public relations? Maybe you majored in sports management in college. While we all have different entry points, we have a common denominator: mentors in the industry who guided us along. And they're still helping us out; this issue has some great advice on issues we're all grappling with and challenges we're all facing. Let's never stop learning, growing and pursuing excellence, particularly now as we emerge from the darkness into the welcome warmth of summer.
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