Spring 2021 Playbook Out Now

 Posted on: April 22 2021
The Spring 2021 edition of the Playbook is available now. Download your copy. Inside This Issue: Catching Up With Our Communities "Quarantine Re-emergers" Ready for Live Sports Evaluating Resident Sentiment to Inform the Development of Sports Tourism Legalized Sports Betting in America FIFA World Cup 2026 We encourage members to share information with their peers. Contact Meagan Grau to learn more about how you can contribute to a future edition of The Playbook.

#SportsTourismStrong in Oregon

 Posted on: August 19 2020
Take a look at Sport Oregon's new brand video! Sport Oregon Brand Video from Sport Oregon on Vimeo. Keep it up Oregon. Together, we are #SportsTourismStrong.

#SportsTourismStrong in Snohomish, WA

 Posted on: April 27 2020
The Snohomish County Sports Commission has created an initiative to honor its county high school senior student-athletes. The initiative will honor all student-athletes no matter the sport. There are many student-athletes from baseball to golf, club lacrosse to club gymnastics, and many more sports who are not able to practice and play the sports that they have worked so hard over the last year due to the Coronavirus crisis. Take a look at their campaign, "SnoCoSports High 5's" below: SnoCo Sports High 5 Stories As many high school sports, collegiate sports and club sports have been paused during these unprecedented times, the Snohomish County Sports Commission has created the SnoCo Sports High 5 to recognize the student athlete’s accomplishments. We are calling these accomplishments “SnoCo Sports High 5’s” Sports are an integral part of our community. Our young sports players and teams practice every day honing their skills, coaches ar...

#SportsTourismStrong in Columbus, OH

 Posted on: April 14 2020
Missing sports? So are our members at the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. Because stadium, ballpark and arena seats are empty during the coronavirus outbreak, commission executive director Linda Logan's group is trying to gather sports fans for the next best thing: a virtual Sports Report series. The virtual series, which starts Thursday and will feature interviews with and special appearances by local team officials, trainers, chefs and others, is designed to fill the gap in sports content caused by the virus. Read the full article here. Keep it up Columbus. Together, we are #SportsTourismStrong. Article originally appeared on www.bizjournals.com/columbus/

#SportsTourismStrong in Sandusky, OH

 Posted on: April 13 2020
Even though you are all socially distancing and many are under stay at home directives, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be active and still practicing your favorite sports. To help give you some new and creative ideas, we are inviting you to join us, virtually, in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Sports Challenge! During this unprecedented situation, America’s Sports & Family Fun Capital® is asking everyone to stay home. However, athletes of all ages should be able to stay active and be ready for the day when we can all get back together for play. Throughout the month of April, Lake Erie Shores & Islands will be sharing daily online sport drills and tips from local sports venues such as Cedar Point Sports Center and Sports Force Parks. We will also be sharing activities from various sporting event owners that have or will be visiting the region for tournaments, such as volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Show off your skills, while practicing social...

#SportsTourismStrong in Decatur, AL

 Posted on: April 13 2020
Our members at the Decatur Morgan County Tourism office are hosting virtual event series each week with local partners to highlight activities families can do online with their attractions, as well as with local restaurants to promote take-out orders or how to make their food at home.  View details. Stir crazy yet? We all may be trapped in our homes but that is no reason to stop enjoying life! Introducing ARMCHAIR MOCO:  a great way to explore Morgan County, Alabama, while maintaining safe social distance! Take a look. Keep it up Decatur. Together, we are #SportsTourismStrong!

#SportsTourismStrong in Charleston, WV

 Posted on: April 13 2020
Our members at the Charleston, West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau have been hard at work providing online resources and information to local businesses and employees, take a look: Our organization acted early to support the community; a few days into the release of social distancing guidelines in mid-March we launched Team Charleston, an online resource and information portal that supports local businesses and employees, as well as provides ideas for socially responsible activities. We update this page most days a week across a range of topics: ways you can help the community from home, a full list of restaurants that deliver carry-out, financial aid resources, and a webpage that allows you to send virtual tips to bartenders. We also keep it updated with social distancing activities. Mountain Stage, produced by WV Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music, is our music radio show with a live audience that has had to be canceled, but they have released Spotify p...

#SportsTourismStrong in Ann Arbor, MI

 Posted on: April 13 2020
The Ann Arbor Sports Commission is partnering with a local business to sell shirts with all net proceeds going to local sporting teams and clubs that sign up. They can help promote to their athletes and families to buy and have some extra cash coming in to help pay coaches, etc. Ann Arbor Sports Commissions is promoting through emails to their clubs and social media. You can find out more here: https://shop.undergroundshirts.com/collections/destination-ann-arbor-sports Keep it up Ann Arbor. Together, we are #SportsTourismStrong!  

#SportsTourismStrong in Las Vegas, NV

 Posted on: April 13 2020
Take a look at all the awesome initiatives taking place in Las Vegas to stay #SportsTourismStrong: GRAMMY Award-winning entertainer Bruno Mars, who has been a performer at the Park MGM theater, announced on March 26th that he has donated $1 million to the MGM Resorts Foundation to support MGM employees impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. View more details. MGM Resorts International recognized the support of many of its resident entertainment partners who generously donated to the company’s Employee Emergency Grant Fund in support of those impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  David Copperfield, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Kathleen Madigan, David Spade, Boyz II Men, Brad Garrett, Carrot Top, Terry Fator, Ray Romano, Jabbawockeez, Shin Lim, Thunder from Down Under, Hans Klok, Australian Bee Gees, Fantasy and Bill Blumenreich Presents each showed their support for the MGM Resorts family this week with a donation t...

#SportsTourismStrong in Houston, TX

 Posted on: April 10 2020
Our members at the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority have recently launched Houston Sports Q'D UP.! Q'D UP connects viewers with some of their favorite Houston athletes, both past and present. This week, Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell was featured! They even host a Facebook Watch Party! Check it out HoustonSports.org! Keep it up Houston. Together, we are #SportsTourismStrong!
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