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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.

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.

National Association of Sports Commissions Names Next Host Cities for Symposiums; NASC Wraps Up Oklahoma City Meeting with Record Attendance, New Board Leadership

April 3, 2014

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 here this week.

More than 800 attendees, including 170 first-timers, participated in this 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.

NASC Selects Future Host Cities for 2016 and 2017

The NASC also announced future locations for its annual meeting: Grand Rapids, Michigan will be the host in 2016 and Sacramento was named the 2017 host city. Previously announced, Milwaukee will host the 2015 NASC Symposium from April 27-30.

“We feel we have an exciting lineup of cities that will be the hosts for our Symposiums,” said Don Schumacher, executive director of the NASC. “With our return to Milwaukee in 2015, we’ll visit some of our most dynamic sports cities.”

NEW NASC Leadership Elected

New NASC board leadership was also announced, including Kevin Smith, CSEE, the director of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, as the new chair of NASC.

Additional officers include: Vice Chair/Chair Elect, Greg Ayers, CSEE, president & CEO, Discover Kalamazoo; Treasurer, Ralph Morton, CSEE, executive director, Seattle Sports Commission; Secretary, Mike Anderson, CSEE, director of sports, Visit Charlotte; and  Immediate Past Chair, Terry Hasseltine, CSEE, executive director, Maryland Office of Sports.

The slate of NASC directors includes: Board term expiring 2015, Tammy Dunn, CSEE, sports marketing manager, Snohomish County Sports Commission; Greg Fante, CSEE, director of sports development, Louisville Sports Commission; Kindra Fry, CSEE, SMP, vice president of sales and marketing, Bryan-College Station CVB and Nancy Yawn, CSEE, CDME, director, Round Rock CVB.

Directors with Board terms expiring in 2016: John Gibbons, CSEE, executive director, Rhode Island Sports Commission; Michael Price, CSEE, executive director, Greater Lansing Sports Authority; Janis Schmees Burke, CSEE, executive director, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and Holly Shelton, CSEE, manager of sports business development, Oklahoma City CVB.

Directors with Board terms expiring in 2017: Brian Hickey, CSEE, director of sports, Visit Tallahassee/Tallahassee Sports Council; Janis Ross, executive director, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports; Benjamin Wilder, CSEE, director, Savannah Sports Council and Marc Zimmerman, CSEE, sales & events manager, Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing.

Allied representatives with a board term expiring in 2015 include Rick Hatcher, CSEE, director of business development, PSA, and board term expiring in 2016, Mike Hill, CSEE, senior director of sports sales, Hilton Worldwide-Sports Sales. Rights Holder representatives are, with a board term expiring in 2015, Jeff Jarnecke, associate director of championships and alliances, NCAA, and board term expiring in 2016, John David, chief operating officer, USA BMX.

NASC Members Honored

Also presented this week were the Member Awards, signifying outstanding work in the field of sports events, marketing and promotion. This year NASC added the prestigious Sports Event Professional of the Year award, honoring the person deemed most influential in Sports Events planning and management. This year’s inaugural Sports Event Professional of the Year award goes to Ron Radigonda, recently retired as executive director of Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball.

Other award winners include:

  • 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, $200,000 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
  • Sports Tourism Organization of the Year, under $200,000 budget; Butler County Visitors Bureau

The NASC this week also recognized its latest class of graduates in its Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) continuing education program. The Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 CSEE graduates include: Cissy Aberg, Plano Convention and Visitors Bureau; Christopher Ackerman, Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau; John David, USA BMX; Katie Fencl, Des Moines Area Sports Commission; Michael Guswiler, West Michigan Sports Commission; Scott Hofmann, Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Meaghan Hughes, Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; Matthew Libber, Elite Tournaments; Leah Mitcham, Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau; Jason Philbeck, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance; Beth Porreca, US Lacrosse and Meghan Ziehmer, Greater Lansing Sports Authority.

NASC Sports Legacy Fund to Benefits Oklahoma Cleats for Kids

February 6, 2014

ImageThe Sports Legacy Fund, originally developed by the St. Petersburg/ Clearwater Sports Commission as an equipment donation program as 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.

This year’s annual fundraiser includes a raffle and silent auction and will benefit Oklahoma Cleats for Kids, a not-for-profit, 501(c)3, that recycles and distributes new and gently used athletic shoes and equipment to kids in need.

How you can help:

Contact Elizabeth Chaney Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, if you have any questions about the Sports Legacy Fund.

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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.

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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

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.”