Connect Sports is pleased to introduce to you the winners of the 2019 Connect Sports Tourism Excellence Awards, presented by SportsNC.
Interim Director Craig Campbell says St. Pete/Clearwater Sports & Events is turning its focus to the community’s No. 1 resource: the beach.
Lawrence M. Hamm II is a senior manager of sports development and strategy at Destination DC in Washington, D.C. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer,
Ashleigh Bachert, CSEE, is executive director at Durham Sports Commission in Durham, North Carolina. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses
Megan Schmidt is vice president of event operations for Elite Tournaments in Baltimore, Maryland. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses
R. Ron Sertz is chairman of PA Sports and an executive consultant at Erie Sports Commission in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer,
Katie Yarber is senior manager of events and operations at Chicago Sports Commission in Chicago. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses
Beth Hecquet, CMP, CMM, is program manager of events for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Cincinnati. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, she
Jim Arnold is director of business development at Sports Force Parks in Woodstock, Georgia. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his
David Killian is officer of site selection for the Federation of Gay Games in Philadelphia. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his
Pedro Meloni is director of events and sponsorship at USA Weightlifting in Colorado Springs. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his
Blake Thompson is owner/creator of Teammate Basketball in Grimsley, Tennessee. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion for sports
Rhanee Palma, CDME, is vice president of sales and services at Visit Oakland in Oakland, California. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses
Ginger Lively Cade is sales director of Dallas Sports Commission in Dallas. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses her passion for sports
Erik Sabato, CSEE, is senior director of Global Sales | Specialty Team at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in Centennial, Colorado. As a 2019 Connect Sports
Nick Povalitis is director of sports development for Rockford Area CVB in Rockford, Illinois. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his
Michelle Perry is a senior consultant for BCW Sport Practice – North America in Indianapolis. As a 2019 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses
The inaugural Regional SportAccord Pan America, Dec. 10-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will unite attendees with a global viewpoint of athletics.
Jordan Atherton, CMP, senior advisor and meeting and event planner at 1st Global, outlines how to create a risk management plan.
The Valley Forge Invitational serves as a perfect model for what the Syemtra Tour looks for in building an event in a community.
David Siegel, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Sports Council and Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, talks life after the Dodgers.
Jennifer Todd, co-founder and executive vice president of strategic partnerships of The Basketball Tournament, explains her unlikely path to TBT.
Cameroon native Liese Abili brings an international background to his role as director of sports development at the Florida Sports Foundation.
Most vibrant sports and/or entertainment districts become a reality through a mix of private-sector capital and public contributions.
Connect Sports will host an NCAA Championships Symposium and Bid Cycle event in Louisville, Kentucky, to help announce the next round of NCAA championship
Connect is pleased to announce the return of the Connect Sports Tourism Excellence Awards, presented by SportsNC. Nominations are due by June 1.
The new Virginia Beach Sports Center will set the stage for athletes to test their will at the highest level in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Jeff Webb, founder of Varsity Spirit, a massive cheer and dance events company, shares some unknown facts about about himself in this interview.
Brian Graham says it's a dream come true to lead the Augusta Sports Council, where he can sell his hometown to sports organizers.
Adding to your rotation of industry podcasts could take your business to the next level.
Connect Sports will be the only event where suppliers can meet face-to-face with Varsity Spirit to discuss hosting any of its more than 3,000 annual events.
Help us pick the 2018 Connect Sports Game Changers. Nominations are due March 29. Once again, we are proud to count SportsPittsburgh as a sponsor.
Visit Baltimore President and CEO Al Hutchinson discusses why Charm City is a perfect fit for the African-American conference’s main event.
The one-year anniversary of the Marriott commission cuts brings guest experience to the forefront of all hoteliers minds.
Through in-depth analysis, Victus Advisors takes the guesswork out for CVBs and sports commissions looking to attract new events.
Lake Lanier outside Atlanta hosts about 1,000 rowers for global dragon boat racing competition.
Suzanne Keller, CSEE, director of sports at Visit Mesa, shares lasting lessons from our Women in Sports Tourism Forum.
Competitive international sailing is looking to move into the mainstream with a new country vs. country racing league, SailGP.
Arlington Sports Commission Executive Director Matt Wilson on why the destination has gone all-in on esports
What you don’t know about human trafficking can hurt you.
There’s a reason why sports leagues nationwide keep returning to Arlington for tournaments and events of every kind. Like the most successful teams,
Oakland recently hosted the U.S. Rowing Master National Championships, a prestigious four-day event that attracted many of the country’s top rowers.
It’s off to the races for events in Louisville with the opening of its expanded convention center.
Connect Sports is pleased to introduce to you the winners of the 2018 Connect Sports Tourism Excellence Awards, sponsored by Best Western.
Connect Sports is proud to announce it will partner with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to bring comprehensive abuse prevention training to sports tourism
Here are your rosters for the 2018 Visit Myrtle Beach Basketball Tournament, being held Thursday, Aug. 23, at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Who do you think
If you have a phone, and you can text, then you can use a chatbot. More importantly, your attendees already have the technology in their hand and they
Dominique Powell, CSEE, TDM, is director of sports and events at Bryan College Station Sports + Events. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses
Jim Haddaway is founder and CEO of Athletx Sports Group. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion for sports tourism.
Aaron Flaker is co-owner and chief business development officer of Athletx Sports Group. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion
Dave Lucey is sales manager at Destination Irvine. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion for sports tourism.
Brian Connolly is founder and managing principal of Victus Advisors. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion for sports tourism.
Jennifer Stoll, CSEE, is executive director of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses her
Kathy Nelson is president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses
Scott Bregman is social media producer at The Olympic Channel. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changers, he discusses his passion for sports tourism.
Serena Andrews Higdon is owner of Team Travel Source. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses her passion for sports tourism.
Dan Gilman is chief of staff at the office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion for sports
Katie Fencl, CSEE, and Ryan Vogt, CSEE, bring sports events Catch Des Moines. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changers, they discusses their passion for
Ashley Harper Cottrell, CSEE is project manager and Maryland Sports. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, she discusses her passion for sports tourism.
Neil Paul is executive director of Visit Anderson. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion for sports tourism.
Neil Johnson is Director of Global Sales—Sports and SMERF at MGM Resorts International. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion
The Sports Diversity Leadership Council and Connect Sports invite you to jump into the Goldfish Bowl in Salt Lake City this August.
Whether it's food, arts, shopping or drinking-yes, that exists here-Salt Lake City will leave you and your event attendees leaving thirsty for more.
There’s a reason why sports leagues nationwide keep returning to Arlington for tournaments and events of every kind.
Waco is This family-friendly city is home to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Dr Pepper Museum, Texas Ranger Museum, Cameron Park Zoo, and the famous Magnolia
Connect is pleased to announce the return of the Connect Sports Tourism Excellence Awards, presented by Best Western. Winners will be recognized at Connect
The West Michigan Sports Commission has seen incredible growth in the number of events it has hosted during its first decade of existence.
Help us pick the 2018 Connect Sports Game Changers. Nominations are due April 24. Once again, we are proud to count SportsPittsburgh as a sponsor.
Through a partnership with the acclaimed Turnstone Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has established itself as a champion for adaptive sports.
Here are the most important features any event app should include.
These eight golf resorts have teed up expanded amenities or renovated courses in an effort to attract more tournaments and industry events.
Sarah Kirchberg, senior business development manager at St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports & Events, shares insights from our Women in Sports Tourism
Over the last quarter century, Randy Sparks has turned Team IP into one of the country’s most respected events apparel outfits. Learn more about him
Connect Sports was recognized as the 2017 Corporate Diversity Partner winner during the 8th Annual Compete Sports Diversity Awards on Nov. 10.
Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the home of the Falcons and Atlanta United FC, but much more.
Connect proudly announces the Connect Sports LGBTQ Events Summit in Partnership With Nike's BETRUE will take place Feb. 5-7 in Portland, Oregon.
Connect Sports is pleased to introduce the winners of the 2017 Connect Sports Tourism Excellence Awards, to be presented at Connect Sports in New Orleans.
Whether you are an avid skier, soccer player, marathon runner, or beach volleyball player, the Lake George region is perfect for your next event.
Connect Sports will be recognized as the 2017 Corporate Diversity Partner winner during the 8th Annual Compete Sports Diversity Awards, also known as the
Here is how the rosters stack up for this year's Visit Myrtle Beach Basketball Tournament at Connect Sports in New Orleans.
Ashley Ellefson is director of operations at Drone Racing League. As a 2017 Connect Sports Game Changer, Ellefson discusses her passion for sports tourism.
Greg Fante is vice president of sports development at the Louisville Sports Commission. As a 2017 Connect Sports Game Changer, Fante discusses his passion
Danielle Vincenti, CSEE is senior sports development manager at Richmond Region Tourism. As a 2017 Connect Sports Game Changer, Vincenti discusses her
Matt Libber, CSEE, is vice president of business operations at Elite Tournaments. As a 2017 Connect Sports Game Changer, Libber discusses his passion for
Virginia's Blue Ridge Sports tourism stars Carey Harveycutter and John P. Shaner, MS, are Connect Sports Game Changers. They discuss their passion for
Kris Smith is director of the Detroit Sports Commission. As a 2017 Connect Sports Game Changer, Smith discusses his passion for sports tourism.
Centrally located in North Carolina, Winston-Salem is a prime sports destination. Our venue selection makes us the perfect host city for your next event.
The Greater Ft. Lauderdale Connect Sports Tailgate presented by NCAA will be held 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Connect Sports.
From football, baseball and basketball to quidditch, lacrosse and rowing, Columbia, South Carolina is the real Southern hot spot for sporting events.
Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, CEO of North American Indigenous Games, discusses how the sporting event will be used to promote reconciliation.
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet uses his fame to promote his home town of Rockford, Illinois, as a destination for events.
Marc Riker, chief executive officer of the National Senior Games, discusses the unique nature of the event taking place in Birmingham, Alabama, this year.
The Connect Sports Tourism Excellence Awards will recognize some of industry's most deserving individuals and events at Connect Sports in New Orleans.
Connect's Senior Meeting Coordinator Nicole Reynolds shares a few of her tried-and-true tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle on the road.
After a successful first year, the US Open Pickleball Championships returns this week to Naples, Florida, bigger and better.
College Football Playoff COO Michael Kelly reveals some of his not-so-deepest secrets with Connect Sports.
The sports tourism industry is filled with game changers. Help us identify the people who elevate the industry through events.
Dan Schemm, executive director of the Norman CVB, discusses how he plans to help push the Oklahoma city forward through sports tourism.
Janis Ross, executive director of Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, remembers the person who taught her sales was about building relationships.
Mike Guswiler, executive director of the West Michigan Sports Commission, recounts how a former U.S. ambassador provided memorable career advice.
With a trifecta of talent and nearly 60 years of combined experience, the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission is taking Buffalo’s resurgence to new levels
Just like the action on the field, sports events require the right equipment to hit new heights. We've found three products perfect for participants and
The Visit Myrtle Beach Basketball Tournament at Connect Sports Marketplace in Grapevine, Texas, was a blast for all involved!
Vote for who you think will win the Visit Myrtle Beach basketball tournament at Connect Sports Marketplace.
Will you be a newbie at Connect Sports Marketplace in Grapevine, Texas? Have no fear, we have tips from some of the event's veterans.
Top Recruit Fastpitch Exposure Tournaments is seeking bids to host a softball event featuring college athletes near Nashville, Tennessee, around Independence
USA Fencing is currently seeking proposals to host its National Championship & July Challenge in late June/early July 2018.
USA Fencing is currently seeking proposals to host its 2018 October North American Cup. RFPs are due Aug. 1.
USA Fencing is currently seeking proposals to host its Elite & Wheelchair Championship and North American Cup in April 2018.
USA Weightlifting is currently seeking bids to host its 2017 National University and Under-25 championships.
USA Fencing is currently seeking proposals to host its 2018 March North American Cup.
In this episode of Insider Series, Connect Sports talks with Christine Strong Simmons, director of operations for USA Fencing about capturing and keeping
Sports Oregon CEO Jim Etzel discusses why left the agency he created and ran for 20-plus years to take the help at the sports events organization.
The Professional Disc Golf Association is seeking proposals to host its 2021 Professional Disc Golf World Championships. RFPs are due Nov. 1.
All attendees at Connect Sports 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky, can attest that this year’s conference was our best. Here are the highlights.
Holly Anderson, a key player in the sports tourism industry for more than a decade, has been promoted to lead Connect Sports.