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AUG 2016

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August 2016 8 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Volume 13 • Number 8 • AUGUST 2016 LINEUP S.P.O.R.T.S. 2016 . . . . 4-5 Editor's Note . . . . . . . . . . 6 Sports Talk . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Governing Bodies . . . . . 12 Issue Sponsors . . . . . . . 66 In Every Issue: Connect… Visit us at www.sportseventsmagazine.com to connect via Facebook and Twitter. One-On-One Specializing In Variety In the age of specialization for young athletes, Oregon's Elizabeth Brenner blazed her own trail and took her multi-sport talents in volleyball, basketball, softball, and track and field to college, where she competed in all four sports on the NCAA Division I varsity level. Game Plan Joining Forces Teaming up to co-produce events can prove to be a successful formula in creating a great win-win situation. Special Feature: To Specialize Or Not To Specialize? Survey results say that 70 percent of American kids quit organized sports by age 13 because it isn't fun anymore. Young athletes specializing in one sport as early as age 8 is a contributing factor as parents focus on the big prize of college athletic scholarships, but at what cost? Sport Report Virtual Events ... Real Life Dollars The rapid growth of esports events have officials estimating revenues of $463 million for this year, and $1 billion by 2019. The Rio Olympic Games boost should keep gymnastics flying high in popularity as USA Gymnastics keeps its focus on creating new clubs so aspiring Olympians have a perfect place to land. 40 SPORT REPORT: 45 16 14 From tossing a fishing line into a lake to sandboarding down a Pacific sand dune, Mother Nature offers a plethora of natural wonders for good old down-to-earth events. COVER: 22 Site Selection Guide 48 Georgia 53 South Dakota 55 Iowa 57 Arizona 60 New Mexico 62 Massachusetts 65 Puerto Rico All Eyes On 2016 Summer Olympics Gymnastics Creates A BUZZ Sports In The Great Outdoors 2016 NATURAL VENUES GUIDE PAGES 30-39 Natural Venues Resource Guide: A state-by-state listing of natural sports events venues 18

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