NASC Member Awards

November 24, 2014

The annual NASC Member Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of our members and are presented at the NASC Sports Event Symposium each year. Member Awards are the highest honor an organization or individual in the sports tourism industry can receive as they are created and awarded by industry peers.

For the 2015 Member Awards, activities, events, marketing campaigns, web strategies, etc. must have occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2014.

Click here to view organizational and individual award categories.

Submitting an Entry:

Entries are due by Friday, February 6, 2015 at 11:59pm ET.
Contact Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, with any questions about Member Awards.

Judging Policy:

Organizational Awards: Each judging panel will be comprised of three individuals (one Awards committee member and two NASC members at-large).  Judges may not submit an entry for the category which they are judging.
Individual Awards: Each Awards Committee member will serve as a judge for individual awards.  Committee members may not submit an entry for individual awards

The Power of Sports

November 18, 2014

Not often will an NFL backup defensive lineman and a freshman forward on a Division III women’s basketball team make national news and touch countless lives. But in the last month we have seen the power of sports touch emotions and raise millions of dollars.

The story of Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still’s daughter, Leah, and her fight against pediatric cancer reached far beyond the NFL. More than $1.3 million was raised through the sale of Still’s number 75 jersey for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and its pediatric cancer research.

Just as dramatic, is the story of Lauren Hill, the Mt. St. Joseph basketball player who was diagnosed her senior year of high school with an inoperable brain tumor and whose only wish was to play a college basketball game. The NCAA allowed the school to move up the date of its season opener to assure Lauren would be well enough to play in at least that one game.

But her #layups4Lauren campaign, similar to this summer’s ice bucket challenge, continues, as she challenges celebrities and pro athletes to make a donation to The Cure Starts Now, dedicated to raising funds for pediatric cancer research. Her efforts, too, are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“I never thought I would play on a college court, put my feet on the floor and feel the vibration of the crowd,” she said after that first game against Hiram College. That is a quote from someone who truly loves her sport and is grateful for the opportunity to play.

Every once in a while, the games that student-athletes and professionals play transcend sports and remind us what is really important. A 4-year-old who is undergoing chemotherapy and a 19-year-old grateful to take the court before the inevitable occurs remind us that sports can touch us all and can make a difference long after the final buzzer sounds.

Pat Summitt presented Lauren Hill with the “Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award” at halftime of the Mount St. Joseph University game in Cincinnati.

Pat Summitt presented Lauren Hill with the “Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award” at halftime of the Mount St. Joseph University game in Cincinnati.

NASC Signs Top Sponsors for Sports Event Symposium

November 12, 2014

Cincinnati (November 11, 2014) – The National Association of Sports Commissions welcomes its Elite and Diamond level sponsors for its upcoming Sports Event Symposium, to be held April 27-30 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.

Elite level sponsors who have signed on for the Symposium include the host, VISIT Milwaukee, as well as the West Michigan Sports Commission.

Signed Diamond level sponsors include Foley Sports Tourism Complex (Alabama) and TEAM Maryland.

Foley Sports Tourism Complex will sponsor the Keynote Luncheon, TEAM Maryland the Sports Marketplace Aisle Signage, VISIT Milwaukee the Welcome Reception, and West Michigan Sports Commission, the Closing Celebration.

Grand Rapids and the West Michigan Sports Commission will be the host for the 2016 NASC Sports Event Symposium, Monday, April 4 through Thursday, April 7 at DeVos Place, downtown Grand Rapids.

“We are grateful for the support that our Elite and Diamond level sponsors continue to show the Sports Event Symposium each year,” said Don Schumacher, executive director. “Without their help, the Symposium would not continue to be the premiere education and networking event for sports professionals.”

The NASC Sports Event Symposium is the annual meeting for the only not-for-profit association for the sports tourism industry. For more than 20 years, the Symposium has been designed for sports tourism professionals by sports tourism professionals.

Through a combination of industry-leading educational and business development opportunities, more than 800 Symposium attendees learn how to produce measurable ROI for their organization and advance their careers in the industry. To learn more about the Symposium and sponsorship opportunities, email beth@sportscommissions.org or visit www.sportscommissions.org/symposium.

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For more information or an interview with NASC staff, please contact Jackie Reau/Betsy Ross at Game Day Communications, 513-929-4263.

NASC Sports Legacy Committee Announces 2015 Beneficiary

November 10, 2014

The NASC Sports Legacy Committee is pleased to announce the selection of the Running Rebels Community Organization as the 2015 beneficiary.

RRlogoSince 1980, Running Rebels has been dedicated to developing Milwaukee’s youth mentally, physically and spiritually. By offering programs that focus on education and recreational activities, Running Rebels provides Milwaukee’s youth with positive alternatives to gangs and substance abuse.

The proceeds raised for the 2015 NASC Sports Legacy Fund will go toward the Running Rebels basketball fundamentals program which will expand the number of youth served and aide in the development of year-round programming.  Funding will off-set operating expenses for the program including gym rental and referee fees, equipment, transportation, training for older youth to become certified referees, and healthy snacks.  This will allow the program to become much more than a fundamentals program; utilizing young people’s love of basketball to benefit them physically, socially and academically.

Watch a brief video about Running Rebels.

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How you can help
1) Renew your 2015 membership or register for the 2015 NASC 2) Donate a silent auction or raffle item
3) Sponsor a silent auction/raffle table ($100 per table)
4) Donate basketball equipment
5) Purchase an “old-fashioned” during the first evening of Extra Innings
6) Bid on a silent auction item at the NASC Symposium
7) Purchase raffle tickets at the NASC Symposium
8) Volunteer for NASC C.A.R.E.S.: Sports Legacy Committee Park Clean Up

New Community Service Project Announced for 2015

NASC C.A.R.E.S. (Colleagues Assisting & Rebuilding Environments through Sports), a new community service project developed by the NASC Sports Legacy Committee, will be launched at the 2015 NASC Sports Event Symposium in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to providing the 2015 beneficiary with a cash donation, this hands-on community project is a way for sports tourism professionals to give back to the host city of the annual Symposium and leave a lasting impact in the cities we visit.

Symposium attendees are invited to join the NASC Board of Directors and Sports Legacy Committee help improve Washington Park, a Milwaukee County Park. Volunteers will assist in painting picnic tables, mulching around trees, cleaning up the playgrounds, and renovating soccer fields. Breakfast, transportation, and a t-shirt will be supplied. Event details are below. There is no fee to join, only a commitment of your time and energy. Space may be limited, so sign up now!

Monday, April 27, 2015

7:30am – grab and go breakfast at Hilton Milwaukee and Hyatt Regency
7:45am – departure from both hotels
8:00 am –  10:00am – volunteer for needed tasks at Washington Park
10:30am – arrival back to hotels

About the NASC Sports Legacy Fund

Originally created by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, the NASC Sports Legacy Fund awards an annual grant and sports equipment donation to an organization in need in the host city the NASC Symposium.

An emphasis is placed on donations to not-for profit organizations that provide individuals, particularly at-risk youth, veterans, or physically or intellectually disabled individuals, opportunities to participate in sport and encourage healthy lifestyles. This contribution is part of the legacy the NASC leaves in each host city.

Thanks to the generosity of our members, the NASC Sports Legacy Fund made a donation of $14,000 to Oklahoma Cleats for Kids.  “The Sports Legacy grant is helping Oklahoma Cleats for Kids with opportunities to help more kids,” said Stacy McDaniel of Cleats for Kids. “We have purchased four bins for sporting goods collections and will be purchasing three permanent outdoor collection bins for locations around the Oklahoma City area. Also, our programs director, who has been a part time employee, has moved to full time. This is making a big impact on C4K’s ability to reach more kids.”

For more information about how you can help leave a legacy, contact Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, at Elizabeth@sportscommissions.org.

NASC Board Nominations

November 10, 2014

The NASC Nominating Committee is in the process of nominating six (6) new board members for 2015-2016 term (four (4) Active member representatives, one (1) Allied member representative, and one (1) Rights Holder member representative).  The nominating committee is also in the process of nominating one (1) person who has served on the Board of Directors to serve as Secretary.

All nominations must be received by Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. Complete the 2015 Nomination Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Terry Hasseltine, CSEE, Nominating Committee Chair. You may also contact the NASC Office at 513.281.3888 or nominations@sportscommissions.org.

Meetingmax to serve as official housing solution of 23rd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium

November 4, 2014

The NASC is pleased to announce  Meetingmax  as the Official Housing Solution for the 23rd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium, scheduled for April 27-30, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI. Meetingmax, an Allied member of the NASC since 2011, offers seamless hotel reservation software for events.

“Symposium attendees can now reserve up to five rooms at once, make special requests, identify room occupants and much more in a few simple steps,” said Beth Hecquet, CMP, CMM, Director of Meetings and Events, NASC. “The Meetingmax reservation system also allows VISIT Milwaukee and the NASC to closely monitor the room block and guests reservations ensuring the best possible booking experience.”

VISIT Milwaukee, the 2015 Symposium host, offers Meetingmax software as a service for its clients.

“VISIT Milwaukee is excited about the partnership between NASC and Meetingmax for the 2015 NASC Symposium.  When our clients use Meetingmax’s online housing system, they are able to manage room reservations, have 24-hour access to hotel pick-up, and pull reports for their events in Milwaukee. This system allows us access to accurate economic impact reports and provides us with another customer service tool that sets us apart from other cities,” said Michelle Haider, CMP, Convention & Sports Services Manager, VISIT Milwaukee.

The Meetingmax system is designed to make booking reservations for attendees easy and flexible.

“We’re excited to partner with NASC as the official housing system provider, in conjunction with VISIT Milwaukee, for the 2015 Symposium. Users will benefit from the simplicity of comparing properties and booking at their preferred hotel,” Kelly Mackay, Community & Marketing Manager, Meetingmax.

More than 800 sports tourism professionals are expected to gather at the annual meeting for the industry’s only not-for-profit association. Learn more at http://www.sportscommissions.org/Symposium.  Attendees can book their rooms here.

New DIM Rules Will Impact Small Package Shipping

November 3, 2014

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Small package carriers FedEx and UPS recently announced that dimensional weight (DIM) pricing will apply to all ground shipments in 2015.This means that instead of charging by weight alone, all ground packages will now be priced according to size as well. This is a significant change from the rating structure in place today and it could ultimately mean an additional increase in your shipping costs.

As the company that manages the NASC Shipping Program, PartnerShip® has put together a report to help you determine what this will mean for you and your business in 2015. Click here to download it.

Securing discounts for your small package shipments is one of the best ways to offset this rate increase. PartnerShip offers NASC members discounts on select FedEx® services. If you’re not already enrolled in the NASC Shipping Program, visit PartnerShip.com/09NASC to sign up for these exclusive discounts. For more information, call PartnerShip at 800-599-2902 or email sales@PartnerShip.com.

Call for Proposals Now Open for 2015 NASC Symposium

October 21, 2014

The NASC is pleased to announce that the call for speaking proposals is now open for the 2015 NASC Sports Event Symposium. The event will take place April 27-30, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI. Proposals will be accepted through November 14, 2014.

Breakout sessions must include both a presentation (individual or panel) and a practical application exercise.  Each session is 60 minutes starting with 10 minutes for speaker introductions, sponsor recognition and announcements. Speakers will be required to stay at least 30 minutes at the conclusion of their session and conduct a small-group discussion on the topic for those attendees wishing to dive deeper into the topic.

Game Changer sessions, modeled after TED Talks, are an opportunity to present great ideas in 20 minutes or less. These short, powerful presentations will touch on the industry’s hottest issues in a focused environment.

Please note the following before submitting:

  • Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 14th.
  • All proposals must be submitted online.
  • All proposals must be completed in full.
  • You may submit a maximum of three proposals.

Click here to submit a proposal.

Call for Proposals

Discounted SportsBusiness Journal Subscription

October 20, 2014

The NASC is pleased to announce a special subscription rate for Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal as our newest member benefit.

NASC  members who are not current or prior subscribers within the last 6 months, to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, are eligible to receive a discounted introductory rate of $174. This is $90 off of the U.S. base rate of $264. NASC Canadian and International members who take advantage of this offer will receive a digital subscription, not a printed subscription. Upon the expiration of first subscription term at this special rate, the NASC member’s rate will change according to a SBJ renewal schedule.

To take advantage of this offer simply click here, select the one-year subscription option, and provide your member account number and delivery address.  You can find your member account number on the My Account page of www.SportsCommissions.org or you can request your account number at info@sportscommissions.org.

Please contact the Member Services Department at 513.842.8307 if you have any questions.

Mascot Mania: Making Community Connections

October 6, 2014

A mascot can be more than a tiger roaming the sidelines of a game, it can serve as an ambassador for year-round fan engagement.

Consider this: A couple of weeks ago, Texas A&M’s live mascot, Reveille, a female rough collie, was saved from impending injury when an A&M cadet stepped between her and an SMU receiver and blocked the receiver from crashing into the dog. That got a lot of airplay and, for the cadet, got him a free pair of senior boots worth more than $1,000, paid for by the commandant of the Corps for his heroism. (you can read a play by play breakdown of the best block of the game here: http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/9/22/6827349/reveille-texas-am-mascot-ryan-kreider)

So, the mascot earned Texas A&M great publicity and connected the school with the community and sports fans everywhere.

Think about adding a mascot to do the same for your organization?

For example, Kentucky Speedway for years had  ‘Horsepower,’ its community mascot. (pictured) Horsepower would be part of many community events that might not have had a thing to do with auto racing, such as mascot broomball every winter. Horsepower also has led library reading programs, participated in flag football at halftime of NFL games and been part of mascot foot races at Cincinnati Reds games.

Even though Kentucky Speedway is a venue with a handful of events throughout the year, its mascot ‘Horsepower’ helped keep Kentucky Speedway in front of the community, and consumers, throughout the year by having a presence at events.

Libraries have mascot reading dogs. Recycle services have mascot recycle bins (really). The idea is less about developing an expensive mascot, and more about keeping your organization, sports commission or venue in front of the community 24/7, 365.

Remember, it’s your community that supports your group with sponsorships, volunteers and ticket sales. Having a mascot is a fun and simple way to engage the community on a year-round basis.

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