Archive for May, 2013

Run Louisville Run awarded 2013 NASC Sports Legacy Fund grant

May 2, 2013

At the 2013 Symposium of the National Association of Sports Commissions held here last week, Run Louisville Run, a program of the YMCA at Norton Commons, was presented with a $12,000 grant from the NASC Sports Legacy Fund, raised from the proceeds of the Symposium auction and raffle. More than 750 leaders in the sports events industry attended the annual Symposium and many provided sports-related raffle items and/or purchased raffle tickets.Run Louisville Run awarded 2013 NASC Sports Legacy Fund grant

Pictured here (L to R): Karl Schmitt, Louisville Sports Commission, Mike Bramer, Run Louisville Run and Jennifer Hawkins, VisitPittsburgh.

Run Louisville Run provides an eight-week running program for deserving kids in the community and focuses on increasing self-esteem, promoting healthy living and offering a positive after-school experience.

“This grant is one of our largest to date,” said Mike Bramer, District Executive Director, YMCA at Norton Commons. “We serve about 120 youth with each program and now we will be able to quadruple the number of our participants in our Run Louisville Run program, where we teach young men and women the power of progressively realizing worthy goals while running.”

“On behalf of the entire membership of the National Association of Sports Commission, we are thrilled to recognize and award our annual grant to Run Louisville Run,” said Jennifer Hawkins, CSEE, Sports Marketing Director of VisitPittsburgh & Co-chair of the NASC Sports Legacy Fund. “Run Louisville Run is an inspirational program for other cities in our country to model.”

Call for Volunteers

May 1, 2013

 2013-2014 committees and volunteer opportunities

Volunteers provide exceptional experience and essential tools to our vibrant community and are the foundation of the National Association of Sports Commissions. With the participation of more than 100 committee volunteers in the last year, the NASC created a number of new benefits to make your membership more valuable including: the development of the virtual event webinar series, new categories for the annual member awards, and the creation of content for the annual NASC Sports Event Symposium.

We are excited to invite you to respond to this year’s call for volunteers. We need your skills, passion, and perspectives to build a vibrant, inclusive, and multicultural group of volunteer leaders throughout our committees. Additionally, your participation allows you to gain experience and better understand the inner-workings of your association, further your knowledge about the sports event industry, and develop new contacts within the NASC membership.

We welcome your expertise and enthusiasm in becoming a part of this active and talented group of volunteers. We hope you will take the time to review the opportunities and discover a way to contribute. The deadline for responding to the call for volunteers varies depending on the committee.  Please see below for response and deadline information.

If you are one of our members who has already realized the value of the volunteer experience with NASC, please remember that there is no automatic carryover of committee participation and you must notify the staff liaison(s) for the committee(s) on which you currently serve of your desire to continue participating.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is responsible for developing award categories and criteria for the annual NASC Member Awards.  The committee also serves as judges for the various categories. Positions on the Awards committee will be assigned in May 2013. If you are interested in serving, contact Elizabeth Chaney at
Membership Committee

The Membership Committee oversees membership retention and recruitment.  The committee contacts inactive and cancelled members on behalf of the association to encourage them to renew. The committee also evaluates membership benefits and resources on an annual basis. Positions on the Membership committee will be assigned in May 2013.  If you are interested in serving, contact Elizabeth Chaney at


Mentoring Committee

The Mentoring Committee cultivates relationships with new members to help guide them through their first year of membership.  The committee educates general members about benefits and resources that will help them make the most of their membership, primarily through their regular “Tips from the Mentoring Committee” blogs.  The committee is also responsible for planning and hosting first time attendee activities at the annual Symposium.  Pre-requisites: Committee members must have a minimum of five years of industry experience and be actively involved in the NASC. Positions on the Mentoring committee will be assigned in May 2013.  If you are interested in serving, contact Elizabeth Chaney at

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee works with the NASC staff to develop and implement the Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) Program. Committee members are required to join and fully participate in monthly committee calls, assist in the development of modules and continually evaluate the program to strengthen the CSEE brand.   Positions on the 2013-2014 Professional Development Committee will be assigned in June 2013 and members must be currently enrolled in the CSEE Program and have attended at least two modules to be considered.  If you are interested in serving, contact Beth Hecquet, CMP at

sports legacy committee Sports Legacy Committee

The Sports Legacy Committee manages the Sports Legacy Fund.  The committee establishes the criteria and eligibility requirements for beneficiaries of the fund and selects the beneficiary each year.  The committee also coordinates all aspects of the annual fundraiser, including promotion, solicitation of donation items, and ticket sales, as well as equipment donations. Positions on the Sports Legacy committee will be assigned in May 2013. If you are interested in serving, contact Elizabeth Chaney at

Symposium Committee

The Symposium Committee assists in the planning and execution of the annual NASC Sports Event Symposium.  Committee members are required to join and fully participate in monthly committee calls, recruit event owners for the NASC Sports Marketplace, write at least one blog post for the NASC Game Changers blog with tips, advice and guidance on the Symposium, actively spread the word about the symposium via social media, emails to peers, tweeting, etc., develop education sessions including review of topics, examination of proposals and selection of speakers.  Positions on the 2014 Symposium Committee will be assigned in June 2013. If you are interested in being considered, contact Beth Hecquet, CMP at

We are thankful for the active participation of all of our committees over the past year and look forward to your participation as a committee volunteer in 2013-2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Chaney, Director of Membership and Marketing, at (513) 281-3888 or