Sports Backers announce ‘Great American 5000’ virtual race across America starting June 14

 Posted on: May 14 2020
Feeding America to serve as event charity partner for 5,000-kilometer challenge Richmond, VA – Sports Backers, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit active-living advocacy organizations, is announcing their new ‘Great American 5000’ virtual race beginning on Flag Day, June 14. In the endurance challenge, participating teams compete with the aim of covering the 5,000-kilometer (3,100-mile) distance of a pre-selected course between the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco and Atlantic Ocean in New York. Registration is now open for the event, and course details and group registration information are available at www.GreatAmerican5000.org.  During the event, teams of up to 12 or 24 members will collectively run for a maximum 24 hours each day and report how far they covered at the end of that 24-hour period. An online map will track each group’s virtual progress across the course and a live leaderboard will display the standings in real time, with groups...

What are you most looking forward to as we begin to recover from the current situation?

 Posted on: May 14 2020
What are you most looking forward to as we begin to recover from the current situation? Take the Pulse

The Pulse Recap - Fall Event Projections

 Posted on: May 14 2020

Taking a day off when you have nowhere to go

 Posted on: May 11 2020
Taking a vacation day seems odd to do when you have nowhere to go, but that may be exactly what you need. For those who are working from home, you have probably found some great positives - no microwave meals for lunch, a more relaxed work attire, etc. On the other hand, you may have longer work hours and realize weekends are a thing of the past. Money.com has a few tips to help you reclaim a day off. That’s when you need to consider taking a mental health day. This way you can get your head back in the game at work and increase productivity. You have the day off, so now what are you going to do? Depending on where you live, you may be able to go out to a store or two. But if you can’t, consider creating a project for yourself. Scientists have proven that dopamine, the “feel-good” hormone, spikes when you accomplish a task. So it’s a good idea to set a few non-work goals for yourself. Consider deep cleaning your bathroom or painting the home office o...

How is your organization handling fall events?

 Posted on: May 7 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we want to know how your organization has begun to handle fall events.   As of 5/12/2020, this survey has closed. Stay tuned for the results!

The Pulse - March and April Event Losses Recap

 Posted on: May 6 2020
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, we asked our members about March and April event losses.  

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 ...
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