SOURCE: National Association of Sports Commissions

National Association of Sports Commissions

April 07, 2016 12:00 ET

National Association of Sports Commissions Wraps up 24th Annual Symposium in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--(Marketwired - April 07, 2016) - The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the governing body of the $9.45 billion sport tourism industry, celebrated the industry and its leadership at its 24th annual symposium held here this week.

"As the only non-profit industry association offering an annual meeting for serious-minded sport tourism professionals, we enjoyed a week of educational programs to share best practices in the industry as well as honoring those doing great work in our member communities," said Don Schumacher, CSEE, executive director of the NASC. "In future years, our members will have the opportunity to visit three fantastic American cities in Sacramento, Minneapolis and San Diego as we host our annual Symposium in each city."

Future Host Cities for 2017, 2018 and 2019 NASC Symposium

Future host cities and dates for the NASC Symposium include: The 25th annual NASC Symposium will be March 27-30, 2017 in Sacramento. Additionally, the 26th annual NASC Symposium will be held April 23-26, 2018 in Minneapolis and the 27th annual NASC Symposium will be April 15-18, 2019 in San Diego.

NEW NASC Leadership Elected

New NASC board leadership was also announced, including Ralph Morton, CSEE, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission as the new chair of the NASC. Additional Officers included: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Mike Anderson, CSEE, Executive Director of Sports Tourism, Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance; Treasurer, Kindra Fry, CSEE, SMP, Executive Director, Bryan College Station Sports + Events; Secretary, Janis Schmees Burke, CSEE, Chief Executive Officer, Harris County/ Houston Sports Authority; and Immediate Past Chair, Greg Ayers, CSEE, President & CEO, Discover Kalamazoo.

NASC Members Raise Thousands for the Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports

Also, during the meeting the NASC Sports Legacy Fund raised $27,000 to benefit Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports which fits the NASC's criteria of donating to non-profits that provide individuals -- particularly at-risk youth, veterans, or physically or intellectually disabled individuals -- opportunities to participate in sport and encourage healthy lifestyles. Started 40 years ago with a tennis program, the Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports program serves 400 children and 300 adults through a variety of organized team sports, clinics and camps every year. 

For more information, visit www.sportscommissions.org.

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