Sports Events and Tourism Association

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 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 ...

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 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,

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 ...

Destination Spotlight: Lake Erie Shores & Islands

 Posted on: April 17 2020
“Plan now. Play later.” That’s the current business objective of Lake Erie Shores & Islands according to their Sports Tourism Manager Chris Lewis.  Described as America’s Sports & Family Fun Capital, the Ohio shores of Lake Erie and the islands offer plenty of reasons visitors should vacation there and sports events organizers should consider the locations for an upcoming event. “Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is the Midwest’s ultimate sports destination, which is especially loved by families who find themselves combining sports travel with a family vacation,” said Chris Lewis. “Home to world-famous Cedar Point Amusement Park consistently voted as one of the best amusement parks in the world, the region also delights with a variety of indoor and outdoor water parks, recreational opportunities, islands, and coastal communities to explore, amazing freshwater fishing, and more.” For sporting events...

The way we work, play, consume news may never be same again

 Posted on: April 13 2020
The way we work, play and consume has been rattled by efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. What we’ve learned through research and data shows that stay-at-home orders have touched nearly everything (except for our faces). Since New Year’s Day, Game Day Communications has been monitoring the ever-evolving impact, optimizing technology and instituting rapid response teams. We’re working virtually hand-in-hand with our partners, especially those hit hardest (Film Cincinnati, Flying Pig Marathon, Frisch’s Big Boy, Funky’s Catering Events, Pure Romance, Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, Sports ETA, Summerfair, Taste of Cincinnati, The Banks, among others), to tailor game plans and secure local, regional and national coverage of their custom messages. We’ve watched consumption of news grow dramatically, especially television news and daily news conferences from our governors and elected officials. According to Nielsen: 52% of us are watching...


 Posted on: March 27 2020
SFA/SFM Webinar COVID-19 Response: MOney Saving Measures for Owners & Operators Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET Panelists Include: Jason Clement, Sports Facilities Management, LLC  Lori Moore, Sports Facilities Management, LLC  John Sparks, Sports Facilities Management, LLC    The COVID19 quarantine is having measurable, devastating financial effects on sports, recreation, and wellness facilities across the country. As current operators and developers of 20+ facilities, SFM is leading the response and recovery for owners and operators across the country. In this 1 hour webinar, CEO and Founder of SFM, Jason Clement, SFM Account Executive Lori Moore, and SFM Account Executive John Sparks will provide real-world solutions and ideas for cost containment, team leadership, maximizing operational efficiency, and planning for a strong rebound post-pandemic. Join SFM leaders on March 31st at 12pm EST for this no-cost educational webinar.&nbs...

Mentor Spotlight: Russ Yurk

 Posted on: March 27 2020
From two Olympics to the NCAA and state games, event planning his Russ Yurk’s specialty. Along with being a great Sports ETA mentor, Russ is the president of 129 Sports LLC. His company provides world-class event planning and project management to clients. Russ leads the NCAA Championships host bid process. He’s also planning a U-18 world championship for USA Baseball in 2021. On the side, he’s the commissioner of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. They are a Division I/II conference that receives one of five automatic bids into the NCAA tournament. After working at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Russ hopes to work on one more summer Olympics before he retires saying, “there is nothing better. International events are an amazing experience.” Russ speaks to groups about his experience in event planning and when he does, he asks this ice-breaker question- if you could attend any s...
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