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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 13, 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

NASC Announces 2014 Member Award Winners

April 3, 2014

Kansas City award photoThe NASC Member Awards signify outstanding work in the areas of sports events, marketing and promotion. All entries were reviewed by a panel of peers in the association and judged based on the criteria listed for each category. Winners were then announced at the NASC Symposium in Oklahoma City, where more than 800 sports tourism professionals were in attendance.

Award winners include:

  • Inaugural Sports Event Professional of the Year award, Ron Radigonda, recently retired as head of the Amateur Softball Harris County Houston award photoAssociation/USA Softball
  • Locally Created Event of the Year, under $200,000 budget, Hampton Roads Sports Commission
  • Locally Created Event of the Year, $200,000 budget and above, Kansas City Sports Commission
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year, $200,00 budget and above, Round Rock CVB
  • Sports Commission of the Year, under $200,000 budget, Erie Sports Commission
  • Sports Commission of the Year, $200,000 budget and above, Harris County-Houston Sports Commission

For more information on the NASC Member Awards program, visit: www.sportscommissions.org/About/Member-Awards.

Submit an Entry For Member Awards

January 2, 2014

The annual NASC Member Awards recognize the achievements of Active category members in the previous calendar year. For the 2014 Member Awards, activities, events, marketing campaigns, web strategies, etc. must have occurred in 2013.

“We first established the awards program in 2002 to recognize the good work that our members conduct in their communities. They are all making large contributions to their communities through the economic impact of their events and the leadership and expertise they provide,”  said Don Schumacher, CSEE, Executive Director.

Award Categories

Click on the each award category to view judging criteria and submission guidelines.

Budget Categories

  • Under $200,000
  • $200,000 and above

About budget categories: Each award category is divided into budget categories based on your organization’s total annual budget. Total annual budget for sports commissions is operating budget.  Total annual budget for sports tourism organizations is total sports budget.

Submitting An Entry

All Active members are welcome to enter a submission for one or more award categories. Entries are due by Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:59pm ET.

Submit an Entry.

Contact Elizabeth Chaney Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, with any questions about Member Awards.

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 Elizabeth@SportsCommissions.org.
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 Elizabeth@SportsCommissions.org.

committees

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 Elizabeth@SportsCommissions.org.

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 Beth@SportsCommissions.org.

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 Elizabeth@SportsCommissions.org.

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 Beth@SportsCommissions.org.

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 Elizabeth@SportsCommissions.org.

National Association of Sports Commissions announces Annual Award Winners

April 25, 2013

The National Association of Sports Commissions today announced its annual award winners during the closing ceremonies at the NASC Symposium in Louisville, honoring 10 members for their outstanding initiatives in the  sports events industry over the last 12 months.

“Each year, the National Association of Sports Commissions recognizes its members for their outstanding service to the sports event industry and creativity in doing so,” said Mike Anderson, Director of Sports, Visit Charlotte, and NASC Awards Committee Chair. “On behalf of the NASC, I want to congratulate all of the 10 honored organizations for their industry leading efforts.”

Award winners include:

Outstanding Marketing Campaign 

Under $200,000: Lorain County Visitors Bureau

$200,000 and Above: Detroit Sports

Outstanding Locally Created Event

Under $200,000: Bloomington-Normal Area Sports Commission

$200,000 and Above: Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission

Outstanding Online Presence

Under $200,000: Butler County Visitors Bureau

$200,000 and Above: Greater Columbus Sports Commission

Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Member of the Year

Under $200,000: Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau

$200,000 and Above:  Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sports Commission Member of the Year

Under $200,000: Ames Area Sports Commission

$200,000 and Above: St. Louis Sports Commission

Remembering Kevin Gray

June 16, 2011

The loss of Kevin Gray to cancer brings to mind so many memories of the early days of the National Association of Sports Commissions. We were founded, first and foremost, to get together and discuss topics of concern to us all…but we never forgot the value of making new friends. The participants in these meetings, including Kevin, began making friends for life.

We are a much bigger association today, and I miss the sense of community that comes from early efforts and discovery of the path to a formal association. You may be interested to know that our market segment meetings began as an attempt by many of our “old timers,” including Kevin, to reconnect and capture some of that original sense of community. It worked well enough that the concept was extended beyond sports commissions and segmented to try to make each meeting productive for all.

Kevin Gray was one of us. We will miss him a great deal. His loss has set us thinking about ways to recapture some of the original spirit that was such a hallmark of our gatherings. Perhaps we need a hall of fame and a hall of fame dinner and fund raiser on the open night at our annual symposium.  In the meantime please check our web site on the ways in which you can remember Kevin to his family. In one of my last conversations with him, he mentioned how great it would be if Kansas City could win an award in Greensboro.

Although that did not happen, we did create a new award that is being presented to Kevin’s family. The award was approved by our board of directors as the NASC Award for Outstanding Achievement. Kevin’s memento reads “Always Seeking the Best.” It is quite easy to imagine this as the Kevin Gray Award for Outstanding Achievement, an award that would be presented only when appropriate.

I welcome your suggestions for new ways to connect. For my part, I am going to do all I can to urge each one of you to realize how important it is to gather at least once a year to hear and learn from some of the best in our industry…but also to spend time connecting with those who can support you throughout the year. This is something that comes only by making the effort to get together.

Thanks, Kevin.

 

Kind Regards

Don

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