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Call for Volunteers: 2015-2016 Committee Volunteers NeededLe

May 6, 2015

Volunteers are the foundation of the NASC. In the last year, more than 100 committee volunteers contributed to progress and growth of the NASC in many ways including:

  • Referring industry colleagues to join the Association
  • Recommending educational content and programming for the annual NASC Sports Event Symposium, the original conference and longest-running reverse tradeshow for the sports tourism industry
  • Enhancing mentoring activities for new members and first time Symposium attendees
  • Establishing new categories and serving on judging panels for the annual member awards
  • Developing CSEE modules
  • Creating the inaugural NASC Sports Legacy Fund community service project

We 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.

The NASC is YOUR association; committee participation is one of the best ways to be engaged and help contribute to the
decision-making that continues to position the NASC as the most valuable resource available to sports event professionals. Members, including new committee members and those who currently serve, must respond to the call for volunteers by May 8, 2015.

Thank you for your consideration!
Yours in Sport,

Greg Ayers, CSEE, CTA
President & CEO, Discover Kalamazoo
Chairman, NASC
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.

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.

Mentoring Committee
The Mentoring Committee cultivates relationships with new members to help guide them through their first year of membership. The committee is also responsible for planning and hosting first time attendee activities at the annual Symposium. Pre-requisites: A minimum of four years of NASC membership and industry experience

Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee assists with the development and implementation of the 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. Pre-requisites: Must be currently enrolled in the CSEE Program and have attended at least two modules

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.

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, develop education sessions including review of topics, examination of proposals, and selection of speakers, and promote the Symposium through word of mouth marketing to industry peers and colleagues.

Shoutout to Youth Sports

December 8, 2014

‘Tis the season for end-of-year awards and honors, and Sports Illustrated Kids is no exception, last week honoring Little League superstar Mo’ne Davis as its Sports Kid of the Year. None other than the First Lady tweeted her congratulations, along with Mo’ne’s hometown Philadelphia Phillies.

You will remember that Davis, a 13-year-old honor roll student from Philadelphia, became a national talking point in August after leading her team, the Taney Dragons, to victory over a team from Nashville, Tennessee, pitching her team to a 4-0 win behind a 70 mile an hour fastball. She is the first girl ever to get the win in a Little League World Series game.

Since then she has appeared on the cover of the regular Sports Illustrated, has starred in a Spike Lee-directed car commercial and has her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Sports Illustrated Kids editors said Davis shows that everyone has the ability to make an impact and inspire, no matter their age, gender or race.

For anyone who works in the business of youth sports, whether it’s on the facilities side or the event side, you already know what sports can mean to a youngster, now and in the future. To have Mo’ne Davis become part of the sports dialogue and, more importantly, raise the awareness of youth sports to more girls and boys, well, that brings the message home.

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Betsy Ross
President
Game Day Communications

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 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.

Deadline to Submit Entries For NASC Member Awards and Board Nominations is January 31st

January 30, 2014

As a reminder, all member awards entries and board nominations are due on Friday, January 31, 2014. Contact Elizabeth Chaney Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, with any questions about member awards or board nominations.

ImageMember Awards

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.

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

Entries must be received by Friday, January 31, 2014. Submit an Entry.

ImageCall for Nominations

The NASC Nominating Committee is in the process of nominating six (6) new board members for 2014-2015 term (four (4) Active member representatives, one (1) Allied member representative, and one (1) Rights Holder member representative).  The nominating committee is also in the process of nominating one (1) person who has served on the Board of Directors to serve as Secretary.

NASC Board of Directors Job Description

Nominating Committee Guidelines

Nominations must be received by Friday, January 31, 2014.   Complete nomination form.

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.

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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.

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

NASC Recognizes Outstanding Members at 2011 NASC Sports Event Symposium

April 22, 2011

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The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) held its annual Sports Event Symposium from April 12-14, 2011 in Greensboro, NC.  The conference included the recognition of its outstanding members during the 2011 NASC Member Awards Luncheon on April 14, 2011.

Awards were given in four categories:  Member of the Year, Outstanding Communication/ Advertising, Outstanding Web Site, and Outstanding Locally Created Event/Program. Submissions were divided into subcategories according to the organization’s annual sports budget.  A panel of judges composed of association members reviewed a record number of entries based on the criteria and requirements outlined for each award category.

“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 of the NASC.

The following winners were announced:

Member of the Year
This award is given to an active member who, in the opinion of the judging panel, has had the most outstanding impact on their local community through sporting events, community events and/or economic impact.  Judging was based on the quality of the sporting events brought to the community based on community interest, size of events in relation to community size, and the impact the events had on the community.

•    Budgets under $100,000: Snohomish County Sports Commission
•    Budgets $100,000 – $300,000: Greater Lansing Sports Authority
•    Budgets over $300,000: Richmond Sports Backers

Outstanding Communication/Advertising
This award is given to an active member in each budget category with the most outstanding advertising and/or communication in the opinion of the judging panel.  This may include either a stand-alone advertisement, a series of print ads, newsletters, or any other type of communication piece.

The winning submissions demonstrated efforts to market the community as a sports destination, were used to solicit corporate sponsorship or membership, and informed others about the organization.
•    Budgets under $100,000: Southwest Louisiana/Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau
•    Budgets $100,000 – $300,000: Rochester Amateur Sports Commission
•    Budgets over $300,000: Richmond Sports Backers

Outstanding Web Site
This award is given to an active member in each budget category with the most outstanding web site in the opinion of the judging panel.  Submissions in this category were required to have a web site that clearly communicated the organization’s mission, goals, and objectives.

The web site must also market the community as a sports destination, be used to solicit corporate sponsorship or membership and/or, inform others about the organization.

•    Budgets under $100,00: Butler County Visitors Bureau
•    $100,000 – $300,000: Greater Lansing Sports Authority
•    Budgets over $300,000: West Michigan Sports Commission

Outstanding Locally Created Event/Program
This award is given to an active member in each budget category with the most outstanding locally created event or program in the opinion of the judging panel.  Submissions were accepted for an event or program created by the submitting organization to serve the local community or an organizational need – for example fundraising, scholarships or volunteer recruitment.

Submissions included a written statement detailing the purpose, goals and objectives of the event or program as well as how those were met through the event.

•    Budgets under $100,000: Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau
•    Budgets $100,000 – $300,000: Fargo-Moorhead Athletic Commission
•    Budgets over $300,000: Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

View winning entries on the Member Awards page of the NASC web site: http://www.sportscommissions.org/Member-Services/Member-Awards

Founded in 1992, the NASC represents nearly 600 organizations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  The NASC provides education, networking, and professional development to the sports event industry. For more information on the NASC, visit www.SportsCommissions.org.

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