Archive for December, 2013

NASC Playbook – December 2013 Edition Available Now

December 30, 2013
The latest edition of the NASC Playbook is available now.Image
Inside this issue:
  • 2013 Year in Review
  • CSEE/Market Segment Meeting Recap
  • 2014 Board Nominations
  • 2014 Member Awards
  • 22nd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium Preview
The NASC Playbook was created to feature members’ success stories and share industry best practices among the membership.  If your organization has a story to share and would like to be interviewed for a future article, contact Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership and Marketing.
Read the Playbook now.

Give the Gift of Sport When You Donate to the Sports Legacy Fund

December 19, 2013

The gift-giving season is here, and, to get in the holiday spirit, we encourage you to give the gift of sport to kids in need by making a donation to the NASC Sports Legacy Fund.


About the beneficiary

  • Oklahoma Cleats for Kids collects, recycles and distributes new and gently used athletic shoes and equipment to kids in need.
  • In its first year of operation in 2012, Cleats for Kids delivered more than 5,000 pairs of shoes, clothing and equipment.

How you can help:

1) Donate silent auction/ raffle items or equipment.

2) Sponsor a silent auction/raffle table or make a cash donation.

3) Bid on auction items at the Symposium.

4) Purchase raffle tickets – 5 for $20.

5) T-Shirt Drive:  Looking to clean out boxes of old event t-shirts from storage?  Ship them to Oklahoma Cleats for Kids or bring a few shirts with you and drop them off at registration.

Benefits for Donors

  • Organization whose item raises the most money will receive a complimentary registration to 2015 NASC Sports Event Symposium
  • Your organization’s logo will be include in promotional materials throughout the fundraiser and onsite at the 2014 NASC Sports Event Symposium
  • Donation is tax-deductible

ImageAbout the Sports Legacy Fund

  • Originally developed by the St.Petersburg/ Clearwater Sports Commission as an equipment donation program
  • An opportunity for professional in the sports tourism community  to support and impact opportunities for sports participation in member cities of NASC
  • Each year the NASC partners with the host city of the NASC Sports Event Symposium to donate the proceeds from the Sports Legacy Fund to a worthy organization in the community

82 Championships Claim Their Home

December 16, 2013

Congratulations to all of our NASC members who were awarded NCAA Championships for their cities and collegiate partners!

For a full listing of each awarded bid, visit the NCAA website.

NCAA bid

Save at least 70% on LTL freight shipments arranged through PartnerShip®!

December 16, 2013

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Online Registration Opens for 2014 Symposium

December 9, 2013

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Online registration for the 22nd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium is open now for members.  We’ve further discounted pricing for second and additional attendees from the same host organization to encourage you to bring a colleague, board member, facility representative, parks and recreation partner, etc., so they, too, can share the same vision for your sporting community. Registration and booth space is complimentary for NASC Rights Holder category members in exchange for participating in pre-qualified appointments with potential hosts of your future events. Vendors may register as attendees or exhibitors.  Register now.

Senior Games Mean Gold for Host City

December 9, 2013

We know that sports events can bring in hundreds of visitors and thousands of dollars to a host city, but the 2013 National Senior Games became a gold medal winner for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

According to a recent study by the Kent State University Department of Economics, the National Senior Games contributed a $36 million jump in the economy for Northeast Ohio, about $1 million more than had been projected.

The study shows that most of the spending was at area hotels and restaurants, with an average of $681.69 per person at hotels and $407.52 at area restaurants. Local retail outlets also reflected the guest spending, with more than $120 per person spent at retail shops and $113 on area entertainment.

Also, the study found that the event increased local wage earnings by more than $14 million.

The Kent State study also asked visitors their perceptions of the Cleveland  area, with 80 percent of those responding saying they left with a more positive impression of the city.

“The 2013 National Senior Games was a tremendous success on every level,” David Gilbert, president and CEO of the Sports Commission said in a statement.

Nearly 11,000 athletes age 50 and older competed in 19 sports at venues across northeast Ohio in late July and early August. Those athletes also brought about 18,000 friends and family members to the games with them.

For more information on the current RFP to host the National Senior Games, visit our website:

Event Year: 2017
Event Name: 2017/2019 National Senior Games
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2013 Year in Review and 2014 Membership Renewals

December 5, 2013

The 2013 membership year is drawing to a close, and what a year it has been!   The NASC staff and board of directors thank you for your involvement DSC_4118and hope your organization values its membership as much as we value your continual support! Renew today to continue to take full advantage of all the benefits and resources that are available to your organization as a NASC member.

2013 Year in Review

What a year! As the two bars graphs so clearly demonstrate, NASC membership and annual symposium attendance continue to grow. Revenues kept pace as well, and the financial security of the association has never been better. And, if our conversations with members are any indication, the exceptional benefits of a member directed association have become important to each of you.

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The steady growth in membership is particularly encouraging. Our progress has remained steady and sure, encouraging your board of directors to feel our emphasis on member services has been the proper course to follow. After all, the NASC is the only not-for-profit member directed association serving the industry.

It is quite obvious that the 21st annual NASC Sports Event Symposium “hit it out of the park” in terms of year-to-year growth. It may be interesting for our newer members to know that the symposium is the oldest and longest running conference in the sports event travel industry!

This past year was also a record year for revenues. A result? Your board of directors is currently reviewing a number of options that will result in even more services, which will produce greater value for your membership.

When you combine growing membership with an understanding of the recession resistant nature of our business, we become attractive to those who wish to read the books we have written and get up to speed on what has been happening.

As we continue to grow our membership, build upon our considerable resources, and provide ever more value 365 days each year, it is not surprising outside interests would want to capitalize.

After all, membership in an association provides very different and much more

extensive benefits than can be provided by a two or three day conference. In terms of value, our members pay less than half the registration fee it will take for another 2014 industry conference…and get an annual membership and a symposium registration in the bargain!

Think about it: A full year of membership benefits plus a registration to the industry’s oldest and longest running conference for half of what you would pay for just three days somewhere else! Talk about value!

In a recent staff meeting, we came up with a list of NASC “firsts” that we think you will find interesting:

  • First and only industry association
  • First industry conference (and will always be the longest running)
  • First event owner marketplace (and the only one that focuses on the needs of
    destinations and event owners)
  • Only professional certification program (soon to be offered online)
  • First online economic impact calculator in the industry and the only one offered as part of your annual membership, saving many members at least $3000 a year
  • Only organization driven by the needs of its membership; we are, after all, yours
  • Only organization available 24/7, 365 days a year with premium on-line member services
  • Only organization that stands for industry best practices and protects the integrity of the industry

The more we think about it, the more we believe the NASC can be thought of as the National Governing Body for the sports event travel industry!

This is a proper role for a member directed not-for-profit national association: education and professional development for everyone in the business.

Please know that your staff and board of directors are dedicated to delivering what you need to be continually successful.


A Look at What’s Ahead in 2014

As we look ahead, we are delighted to share exciting new initiatives and programs that will be launching 2014.

  • Online module for Certified Sports Event Executive Program
  • Printed NASC Playbook to be mailed quarterly to each member organization
  • More customization for your online account
  • Personalized communication preferences to ensure you receive information about the benefits and services that are most important to you
  • New forums on the online message board based on membership type

If you have any questions about your organization’s membership, please contact the Member Services Department.

Register Now for Upcoming Webinars

December 4, 2013

This week Phil Andrews, Director of Events & Programs at USA Weightlifting, presented an event webinar to more thoroughly share information about their upcoming events and requirements to bid with destinations interested in hosting. Check out the infographics below to view the Q&A sessions from USA Weightlifting’s event webinar.

Upcoming Webinar schedule:

Tuesday, December 10th at 2pm ET – National Senior Games Association Event Webinar  – Register Now

Wednesday, December 11th at 2pm ET – NASC Member Orientation WebinarRegister Now

Tuesday, January 14th at 12pm ET – USOC Event Webinar: Olympic DayRegister Now

The opportunity to host an event webinar is a benefit of membership and a unique way to reach numerous cities simultaneously. If you are interested in hosting an event webinar or have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Chaney Young, Director of Membership & Marketing, at

Visit our webinar archives page in case you missed any of our recent webinars.

USA Weightlifting Q&A

Save an Additional 5% on Your Small Package Shipping

December 2, 2013

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