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DEC 2016

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com December 2016 9 Indiana Business Journal. Andy Card, CEO of Perkins Global Logistics, said the multi-use project, to be called Noblesville Fieldhouse, would be able to accommodate a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, volley- ball, soccer, lacrosse, pickle- ball and cheerleading. The facility would be about 130,000 square feet, including five hardwood courts, 75,000 square feet of indoor turf and a 10,000-square-foot physical therapy office. "There will be nothing else like it in the U.S.," Card said. He and partner Mike Klipsch would own and operate the facility through Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities LLC. They also own and operate Jonathan Byrd's Fieldhouse. Noblesville officials referred to the project as a public-private partnership in the announcement. Industry Derek New CEO of USA Badminton COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Sports executive Jeff Derek has been named Chief Executive Officer of USA Badminton, Board President David Simon announced. Derek comes to USA Badminton with extensive ex- perience in Olympic, profes- sional and youth sports. Most recently, he oversaw all mar- keting and promotional efforts as USA Water Polo's director of marketing. He replaces Dan Cloppas, who is retiring at the end of December. "We are delighted and excited to welcome Jeff on board as USA Badminton's new CEO," Simon said. "His experience both domesti- cally and internationally in marketing and staging events make him a great fit for our organization. Prior to USA Water Polo, Derek, who is a native of Southern California, was the Director of Tournaments and Competition for the Califor- nia State Soccer Association (South). He assumed his new post at USA Badminton on Dec. 1. USA Swimming Foundation Names Beisel NEW YORK — Three-time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel has joined the USA Swim- ming Foundation's Board of Directors. Beisel, who was a member of Team USA for this past summer's Rio Games, won Olympic silver and bronze medals at the London Games in 2012. The USA Swimming Foun- dation offers funds for pro- grams that teach people how to swim, as well as support for professional swimmers on the U.S. national team. "You don't know how much we appreciate what you guys do," Beisel said according to Swimming World. "It's nice to know that we have people like you that support us. We're going to do our best to swim fast and support you guys." St. Johns Eyes Sports Commission ST. AUGUSTINE, FL — Two board members of the St. Johns County (FL) Tourist Development Council called for the creation of a sports commission that would attract events to the county at its meeting in November, according to the St. Augustine Record. Local sports marketing is done through the coun- ty's parks and recreation department, headed by Wil Smith. But Jack Peter and Bill Hughes said a dedicated sports marketing entity would better serve the county. "The amount of economic impact that all of that activity does, the amount of exposure through television, print, through social media is ex- traordinary," said Peter, who is the president of the World Golf Hall of Fame. "It's a giant county and it seems to me we might take a look at creating a sports com- mission, at least look at the feasibility of it because along with that comes a heightened profile of the county generally, nationally, because all of the sudden you're in the conver- sation now with sports com- missions around the country." A 2014 study by the University of West Florida's Haas Center showed that sports and recreation was responsible for $44.4 billion in total economic output in the state. Only the County Commis- sion can create an official sports commission, and the TDC didn't formally request it to do so at its meeting. But the board members certainly seemed to be leaning that way. Smith said the county saw an impact of $13.5 million from various sporting events last year. A sports commis- sion might be able to get that number higher. n SHREVEPORT, LA — Eight individuals were inducted into the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball National Softball Hall of Fame at the 36th annual celebration at the Shreveport Convention Center in November. The 2016 class inductees were: Ken Eriksen, Tampa, FL (Meritorious Service); Jennie Finch, La Mirada, CA (Fastpitch Player); Harry Haroian, Melvindale, MI (Fastpitch Player); Peter Meredith, Salt Lake City (Fastpitch Player); John Nelson, Dalton, GA (Umpire); Tom Penders, Narragansett, RI (Fastpitch Player); Terry Petersen, Omaha, NE (Sponsor) and Mick Renneisen, Bloomington, IN (Meritorious Service). n Eight Inducted Into Softball Hall t SPORTS Talk USA Softball

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