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Adaptive Athletes: Scott Stever

December 28, 2015

This spring the NASC Symposium will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One of the leading rehabilitation centers in the Midwest, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, also has one of the leading adaptive sports programs. In the months leading up to the Symposium, we’ll feature one adaptive athlete each month. This month it’s Scott Stever.

First, a little bit of background: How old are you and how did you and your family find out about Mary Free Bed?

I’m 16, I live in Grand Rapids Michigan, and was introduced to MFB with physical therapy at age 2.

How did you get involved in the adaptive sports program at Mary Free Bed?

I attended the Wheelchair Sports Camp at Grand Valley State University when I was 9, and there I was introduced to Sled Hockey. I have been playing since then, and am now in my eighth season. I am also involved with tennis in the summer to stay in shape during the off-season for hockey.scott hockey

Were you always active in sports? What challenge, if any, was there to learn new sports and new ways to play them?

I had never played sports before sled hockey and tennis, mostly because it was tough to get involved in regular sports with my disability.

What’s the best part of being involved in these adaptive sports?

I love being able to get to play the sport I love and the physical nature of sled hockey. I use sports as an outlet to let my competitive nature shine through, and also the family nature that comes with being part of a team. Tennis allows me to build physical endurance for hockey, and it is great to get out and do something fun in the summer

If you were asked to give a recommendation about the adaptive sports programs, what would you tell people?

I would tell them to just try a sport you think you may like, and if you have a sport that you love to watch, I would recommend that first.

Off-season planning for the 2016 NASC Sports Event Symposium

December 15, 2015

It’s the season of lists. Holiday shopping, wish lists, parties, and making sure you end up on the “nice” list. In the spirit of lists, here’s your NASC 2016 Sports Event Symposium “TO DO” list. Right now is the best time to do your off-season prep, get organized, take care of the logistics, and position yourself to rock it in the new year. Grand Rapids, here we come.

(1) Get registered! You have to be there April 3-7, 2016 to take advantage of this direct selling, education, networking opportunity. It only takes a few clicks. Don’t forget the add-ons and let NASC know if this is your first Symposium. See? Easy.

(2) Make your hotel reservation. You have two choices in Grand Rapids, The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel or the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. You can’t go wrong with either property. Both have plenty of amenities and are convenient to the action at DeVos Place Convention Center. (Room blocks will sell out, so don’t delay on this one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

(3) Book your flight/make travels plans. Local airport is GRR with plenty of lift — 6 airlines and 22 major market direct flights. Or, if you feel the need to road trip, Grand Rapids is easy to get to. Our NASC staff made the trek via car last summer from Cincinnati in under six hours with no speeding tickets (I think).

(4) Update your member profile. This is a good idea any time of the year, but especially when your potential partners are looking for you in prep for the Symposium. Logon to the NASC website and search for yourself in the member directory.  Make sure your POC is current and your message is relevant to your goals for your meetings this spring. It’s the NASC version of Googling yourself.

(5) Ok, now for additional cool stuff. The NASC Member Awards program is great way to recognize those in our industry that deserve our praise. Learn more here.

There are also opportunities to do good work and leave a mark on the local community while in Grand Rapids. Watch for details on the Sports Legacy Fund Community Service Project and get involved by joining your fellow colleagues at a local park clean up. We’d love to see everyone ready with sleeves rolled up. Don’t fret about the weather, no one froze last year! The Sports Legacy Fund silent auction and raffle will benefit the Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Wheelchair Tennis Program. This organization assists hundreds of children and adults participate in a variety of organized team sports. Details on donating can be found here. Please, please bring your raffle ticket CA$H and your credit card with the highest limit.

(6) Get your clients to Grand Rapids. Are your current partners NASC members? Wouldn’t it be awesome to see them at the Symposium?  Why not personally invite them to join the association and meet you there. If you need membership info or would like a member of the Membership Committee to contact them, just say the word.

There you have it. Include this list with all the others. Check these items off now to be ready when the Symposium season arrives. See you in Grand Rapids. Ready…..Go!

Janna Clark, CSEE
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NASC hosts board retreat in Grand Rapids to Preview City for 2016 NASC Symposium

August 13, 2015

The NASC Board of Directors were in Grand Rapids this week for their annual board retreat while previewing the region’s venues, hotels and restaurants in anticipation of Grand Rapids hosting the 24th NASC Sports Event Symposium April 3-7, 2016. Today, they named Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports as the beneficiary of the NASC Sports Legacy Fund in 2016 – an NASC tradition to make a lasting impact on the community hosting its annual symposium.

“This is an exciting week for Grand Rapids to showcase its incredible sporting event assets while the NASC is in town for its summer board retreat,” said Mike Guswiler, president of the West Michigan Sports Commission. “And just as important as leaving with positive impressions about our region, they leave with a promise to invest in our community by naming Mary Free Bed as the 2016 beneficiary of the NASC Sports Legacy Fund.”

As the only nonprofit 501 (c) (3) trade association for the sports tourism industry, NASC produces the NASC Sports Event Symposium that it has held annually since 1992 – and Grand Rapids will host it for the first time, April 3-7, 2016 at DeVos Place.

Mary Free Bed Named 2016 Beneficiary of NASC Sports Legacy Fund

Established in 2006 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 of the NASC Symposium. The Sports Legacy Fund is a way for members of the sports tourism community to make a personal and lasting impact on sports programs and initiatives. The West Michigan Sports Commission nominated Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports and its wheelchair tennis program since it fits with the NASC’s criteria of donating 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.

“Choosing Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports as the NASC Sports Legacy beneficiary means that our athletes are provided more opportunities to participate in the many sports we offer without a financial burden, allowing them to gain confidence, empowerment and life skills as individuals,” said Alicia Hass, sports coordinator at Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports. The NASC Sports Legacy Committee organizes a silent auction and raffle to raise money for the Sports Legacy Fund at the NASC Symposium each year. Proceeds from the auction and raffle will support the 2016 beneficiary and the NASC Sports Legacy Fund endowment. Originally developed as an equipment donation program by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, the NASC Sports Legacy Fund became a monetary donation in 2009 and has contributed more than $63,000 since then to programs in its conference host cities, including $20,000 in 2015 to the Running Rebels Community Organization in Milwaukee.

“The NASC has seen steady growth in donations to local charities in the host cities of the annual NASC Sports Event Symposium since 2009,” said Don Schumacher, CSEE, executive director of the NASC. “It is very exciting to come to a new market and raise funds to assist in the development of programs that will benefit the residents of the community.”

As an added benefit to the host city, the NASC also organizes a community service project as a program that all NASC Symposium attendees have the option of volunteering for while in town for the conference. This was launched as a new initiative at the 2015 NASC Symposium in Milwaukee, and due to its success, will be continued for the 2016 Symposium in Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids project and location will be named at a later time.

About the West Michigan Sports Commission

The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to positively impact the economy and quality of life in the region. Since its inception in 2007, the WMSC has booked 400 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 560,000 athletes and visitors, generating $145 million in direct visitor spending. For more information, visit westmisports.com.

About the National Association of Sports Commissions

As the only nonprofit 501 (c) (3) trade association for the sports tourism industry, the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), and sports event owners. The NASC is committed to the success of more than 700 member organizations and 2,000 serious-minded, sports tourism professionals. Our promise is to deliver quality education, relevant industry research and ample networking opportunities to our members – sports destinations, sports event owners, and vendors to the industry – and to protect the integrity of the sports tourism industry. For more information, visit sportscommissions.org.

About Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports

Mary Free Bed started wheelchair and adaptive sports programs more than 40 years ago with a single tennis team. The program has grown tremendously, and now approximately 400 children and 300 adults participate in a variety of organized team sports, clinics and camps every year. The Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports program is designed for anyone age 7 or older who cannot participate in traditional sports in the typical way, whether they were born with their disability or are challenged as a result of an injury, accident or illness. For more information, visit maryfreebed.com/sports.

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NASC Board of Directors Summer Retreat

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NASC Board of Directors with 2016 Sports Legacy Fund Beneficiary, Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Program.

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NASC Board of Directors testing out comfy chairs at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI.

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

The NASC Sports Legacy Committee will be launching a new community service project 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.

Space may be limited, so sign up now!

Monday, April 27, 2015

6:30am – grab and go breakfast at Hilton Milwaukee and Hyatt Regency
7:00am – departure from both hotels
7:00 am –  10:15am – 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.

National Association of Sports Commissions Raises $14,000 for Oklahoma Cleats for Kid

April 15, 2014

NASC Wraps Up Oklahoma City Meeting with Record Attendance

The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the governing body of the $8.7 billion sports events industry, celebrated record attendance for its annual symposium held here last week.

814 attendees, including 206 first-timers, participated in last week’s NASC Symposium to elect new NASC leadership, honor members with industry awards and participate in dozens of continuing education programs led by industry leadership.

Also, during the event the NASC Sports Legacy Fund raised $14,000 to benefit Oklahoma Cleats for Kids, an Oklahoma City-based organization that collects, recycles and distributes new and gently used athletic shoes and equipment to kids in need.

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National Association of Sports Commissions Board Chair Kevin Smith presents a $14,000 grant to Cleats for Kids’ Stacy McDaniels and youth beneficiaries of the program at the 2014 NASC Symposium held in Oklahoma City last week.

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.

NASC Sports Legacy Committee Selects Oklahoma City Charity as 2014 Sports Legacy Fund Beneficiary

October 2, 2013

The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) has selected the Oklahoma Cleats for Kids program as its Sports Legacy Fund beneficiary at next year’s NASC Symposium in Oklahoma City, to be held March 31-April 3, 2014.

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The Sports Legacy Fund, originally developed by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission as an equipment donation program, is a way for members of the sports tourism community to make a personal and lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged youth sports programs throughout the country. 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.

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 to

Oklahoma kids in need. underprivileged youth sports programs throughout the country. 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.

Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Cleats for Kids

Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Cleats for Kids

“We are looking forward to our partnership with Oklahoma Cleats for Kids,” said Ed Hruska, CSEE, executive director of the Rochester (MN) Amateur Sports Commission and chair of the NASC Sports Legacy Committee. “NASC always looks for an organization committed to reaching the community, and we feel Cleats for Kids does that for deserving youth throughout the state.”

“It is our honor to be chosen by the Sports Legacy Committee as the Sports Legacy Fund beneficiary for the 2014 NASC Symposium,” said Stacy McDaniel, president of Oklahoma Cleats for Kids. “Our vision for Cleats for Kids is to support every child’s right to develop a healthier lifestyle and build character by helping them get what they need to play and stay involved in sports. The NASC partnership will help support our mission.”

Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Cleats for Kids

Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Cleats for Kids

Since its inception, the Sports Legacy Fund has made sporting goods contributions and monetary donations to youth sports programs in Lexington, Kentucky; Dallas; Omaha; Denver; Columbus, Ohio; Greensboro; Hartford and Louisville. Grants may be awarded throughout the year to communities in need as approved by the Sports Legacy Committee.

 

For more information visit www.sportscommissions.org.

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.

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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.

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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.

Sports Legacy Fund Enriches Host Communities of NASC Sports Event Symposium

March 23, 2012

The Sports Legacy Fund was created with the purpose to enrich each community that we visit during the NASC  Sports Event Symposium.  Each of these communities has welcomed us with open arms and allows us to enjoy the many things each destination has to offer.  The NASC continues to be a leader in an industry that is rewarding both on and off of the field. To date we have provided equipment or funding with host communities in Dallas, Omaha, Denver, Columbus and Greensboro.

With the help of our community host in Hartford, we have been able to identify the Nutmeg State Games of Hartford as the recipient of the Sports Legacy Fund donation.  Each year we challenge our colleagues to make the communities we travel to as a collective group even better, for the right reasons, as well as investing in our own industry.  We have received a variety of new and used sports equipment and included cash donations to support community programs.  It is as simple as each of us bringing in just one item to help with the fundraising auction. What a significant difference we can leave to a community and to our own industry.

With less than 30 days to our Symposium, we still need your help.  Please commit to sending at least one item for the fundraiser auction or one piece of used equipment to be donated.  Donation forms are on the NASC website and a wish list of items can be found there as well.  Let’s continue our Legacy.

We look forward to seeing and meeting with each of you at the Symposium and proud to share in our efforts.

Kevin

Kevin B. Smith, CSEE

Director of Sports, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission

Chair, NASC Sports Legacy Fund