Destination Spotlight: Richmond, Virginia

 Posted on: May 4 2020
Richmond, Virginia has a small-town charm, big-city entertainment, passionate fans, and competitive athletes.  That’s how Jerrine Lee, the Director of Sports Development at Richmond Region Tourism, describes her town.   The Richmond Region has become a great place to visit or hold a sporting event. The area itself is one of the most-central destinations on the East Coast making it an easy drive for many. Richmond is an outdoor playground with class III and IV rapids running right through downtown making it a picturesque place for a vacation. The area has also gotten the attention of sporting event organizers. Sports Richmond, VA partners to host 80+ events a year including traditional sporting events like soccer, softball, volleyball, and lacrosse, and niche sports tournaments, like quidditch, spikeball, and ultimate frisbee. It’s a great location for these tournaments since the Richmond Region has wonderful venues including…...

Sports ETA Member Benefit: Membership Directory

 Posted on: May 1 2020
While we can’t interact face-to-face, take this time to meet some new friends virtually. One of the benefits of being a Sports ETA member is the Membership Directory. The Membership Directory is broken up into three parts: Event Owners, Vendors, and Destinations. As a member, you can look up specific companies, organizations, or people and directly download their contact information. Members are able to include a short bio on their profile so you can learn more about them. Each directory is searchable and you can filter results into market size, sport, or state making it easy for you to find exactly what you are looking for. If you are a Sports ETA member, don’t forget to update your membership profile. This ensures the information found in these directories are up-to-date. If you are not a Sports ETA member, you can use the Member Roster. It too is continually updated with our members, however, you won’t be able to view or download contact informatio...

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online During COVID-19

 Posted on: April 30 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought life to a screeching halt, particularly in the sports community. Competitions, practices, and in-person training sessions have been canceled or postponed. While athletic teams are benched, many coaches are taking advantage of online tools to keep athletes engaged and at peak performance. As many of you already know, online communication poses unique safety risks. Youth and people with disabilities already experience high rates of abuse[1], and increased time online may heighten their risk. Parents may be relaxing their existing rules for screen time and internet usage. Younger athletes may have more unsupervised technology time. Athletes of all ages may start using new apps and platforms or using familiar ones differently. The U.S. Center for SafeSport created a new guide, Keeping Your Kids Safe Online During COVID-19, to help coaches, parents, and athletes navigate the online environment. The Center recommends that all adults who work with minor...

Reel It In America: Fishing For A Cause

 Posted on: April 28 2020
Reel It In America: Fishing For A Cause - A Pensacola Sports Virtual Event Reel It In America: Fishing For A Cause is composed of four 1-week-long virtual fishing tournaments and is open to Anglers along the Gulf Coast (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas) and the east coast of Florida can register and submit their catch to be eligible to win prizes. Whether you’re fishing the Mighty Mississippi, the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, or the intercostal channels in between, you are bound to catch a fish that could win! Prizes await the anglers who submit the top three fish in 33 different species! 10% of all registration fees are being donated to Disabled American Veterans, helping veterans affected by COVID-19 – visit https://www.ihelpveterans.org/ for more information. Reel it in America: Fishing For A Cause Dates: Round 1: April 15 – April 26, 2020 Round 2: April 27 – May 3, 2020 Round 3: May 4 – May 10, 2020 Round ...

Play Partners Survey: Impact of Covid-19 on America's Youth Sports

 Posted on: April 27 2020
Sports ETA Members: Please see press release below from Play Partners on their survey looking at the impact of COVID-19 on America's youth sports.  WHEN WILL AMERICAN FAMILIES BE READY TO RETURN TO YOUTH SPORTS ? New National Survey Will Measure Impact of Covid-19 on Amateur Sports National & Regional Partners Reach out to Youth Sports Parents at www.sportssurveys.org HAZELWOOD, MO /April 23, 2020 – Covid-19 has impacted all ages, all industries and all sectors of our society. The youth sports industry is no different, but how deep does the impact go into family behaviors? A new survey by St. Louis-based non-profit, Play Partners, is working to answer that question. The organization is asking dozens of youth sports organizations, associations, clubs, park districts and sports venues around the country to get the pulse of youth sports participation in a post Covid-19 world.  A new national survey opens today to allow thousa...

Sports ETA to launch Sports Tourism Innovation Certificate in partnership with 4FRONT

 Posted on: April 27 2020
Contact: Jackie Reau Game Day (513) 708-5822 jreau@gamedaypr.com Sports ETA to launch Sports Tourism Innovation Certificate in partnership with 4FRONT CINCINNATI (April 27, 2020) – Sports ETA, the only trade association for the sport tourism industry, is partnering with 4FRONT, a leading sports innovation consultancy, to offer the Sports Tourism Innovation Certificate, beginning this spring. The four-part Innovation Certificate will provide a virtual learning opportunity for participants to think strategically, boldly, creatively and differently about their organization’s business. Each session will consist of a customized presentation, which will last approximately 45-50 minutes, with the remaining time for Q&A. Sessions will be hosted live & also recorded and available online. The course will be delivered to attendees in four 1-hour sessions over a four-week period (May 6 - May 27). Registration is open, www.sportseta.org/education/sports-touri...

Freshen up your Work From Home Routine

 Posted on: April 23 2020
Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic may be getting hard for some. With family or roommates around constantly and not being able to get out and unwind, it’s tough on many of us. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been at this for a week or nearly two months, it may be time to refresh your work from home routine. According to Kourtney Whitehead with Forbes, you can start by reclaiming your commute. While you never loved traffic jams or trying to find a spot on a train or bus, what you may miss is the commute. The time from home to work where you can shift from your morning routine into work mode. You need to feel that separation between your morning routine and the start of your workday. That could be as simple as listening to the same music or audiobook you would on your commute while you get dressed. Kourtney suggests leaving something special to look forward to each morning like bringing back your favorite childhood cereal or a fancy coffee creamer. It a...

How did COVID-19 effect your events in April?

 Posted on: April 23 2020
This edition of The Pulse takes a look at how you, our members, have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during the month of April. This survey has closed. Take a look at the results.

The Pulse Recap: Advocacy

 Posted on: April 22 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to the sports tourism industry. In The Pulse, we have been asking members about these hardships and what the future may hold. Last week, we asked about the challenges of advocating for sports events and tourism. The top four answers were… Budget & Funding Post COVID-19 Protocol Uncertainty of the future Partnerships Many sports commissions and event organizers are facing a decrease in funds due to COVID-19. Some who were surveyed said they are having to “justify” their spending. Others are faced with questions of how to plan for sporting events when no one is sure of the timeline or protocol after this pandemic has passed. There are resources out there. The Pulse asked those who took the survey what resources they are utilizing. Many said Sports ETA (and we thank you for that), and other sports commissions and organizations. Others are pulling their resources with government entities and Sta...

Destination Spotlight: Tempe, Arizona

 Posted on: April 17 2020
Refreshingly offbeat and sunsets on repeat. Maybe that is why high-level competitions like IRONMAN Arizona, Cactus League Spring Training or USA Triathlon have chosen to host their events in Tempe, Arizona. The feel of Tempe is all its own according to James Tevault. He works as the Director of Sales at the Tempe Tourism Office. “It’s a welcoming destination with a spirited lifestyle where you’ll find fun-filled activities at every turn,” Tevault said. “Tempe’s convenient location and sunny skies create a winning game plan for any sporting event.” Tempe is home to more than 23 sporting facilities which can host a wide variety of sports. -Sun Devil Fitness Complex - Sun Devil Fitness Complex consists of 135,000 sq. ft. of indoor activity space, as well as various outdoor fields and court space which include multipurpose rooms, basketball courts, pools, outdoor fields, and meeting spaces. -Tempe Sports Complex - Tempe’s ...
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