There’s No Place Like #KansasCityKS

  When the Kansas Speedway opened in Kansas City, Kansas, in 2001, sports tourism took off. Today, more than 10 million people visit each year to play sports, watch sports or eat barbecue. Oh, and travelers also visit for the history, culture and family-oriented activities. I recently joined a group of travel writers, bloggers, social... Continue Reading →

USA Swimming Hit with Lawsuit Over More Abuse Allegations

Months after Larry Nassar, a doctor convicted of sexually abusing female gymnasts was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct, Ariana Kukors Smith, an Olympic swimmer has filed suit against her former coach, USA Swimming, and others, claiming her coach sexually abused her when she was a minor. She also... Continue Reading →

Favorite Winter Olympic Moments

I enjoy watching almost all sports and the winter Olympic games are at the top of the list. It’s a shame they only happen once every four years. When you live in the deep south there is something mesmerizing about all that white stuff —the snow and even the ice. I also long to wear the beanies, overstuffed jackets, scarves and snow boots. People just seem happier when they are playing in the snow.

How to Create a Media Room

A media room is often the first impression of your organization and reflects heavily on the brand and event. Whether you’ve invited the media to a state high school track & field championship or a national tournament, the space provided for the working journalists, photographers, videographers and broadcasters needs to set the right tone.

Resolution for the New Year: Keep Kids Safe

By Sherri Middleton, Managing Editor As we come to the end of another year I thought it was a good time to reflect on some of the news events that have impacted our lives. This year we have heard about countless allegations of sexual misconduct, assault and rape from both men, women, boys and girls. We’ve... Continue Reading →

Building Relationships at S.P.O.R.T.S.

By Sherri Middleton, Managing Editor This year’s S.P.O.R.T.S. conference was an amazing experience. As a first-timer to the annual event, I didn’t know what to expect. I suspected there would be long days, a whirlwind of activities and an abundance of information to learn and share. I was not disappointed. Mostly, S.P.O.R.T.S. is all about... Continue Reading →

Parents Know Best

By Sherri Middleton, Managing Editor As medical research continues to focus on concussions and the long-term effects of injuries to the brain through sports, it’s a wonder anyone plays sports at all. The statistics about brain injuries in contact sports continue to shock and worry us, and rightfully so. We still don’t know how this... Continue Reading →

The Ridiculous Business of Football Scholarships for Kids

I heard the other day that a 9-year-old was offered a college football scholarship. My first thought was ‘this kid must be really good.’ My second thought was about the pressure he will face as he tries to take his young body through strenuous workouts and conditioning until he is a senior in high school – the time when young people actually become eligible for college scholarships.

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