SportsEvents Magazine

JUL 2018

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July 2018 4 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Communities are increasingly teaming up with sports planners to recognize the contributions of local heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty. Firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement, soldiers, teachers and civilians who make a difference every day are being honored in unique ways that shine a positive light on a cause, showcase what a community has to offer or bring people together in unexpected ways. As you'll read in our special feature, "Honoring Our Heroes," Selena Cha- vis highlights how the heroes theme is being incorporated into sports events across the country. Some events honor wounded warriors. Others allow young amputees to attend sports camps or provide tickets to sporting events as a way to say 'thank you' for service. As I was writing this letter, I received a message from another 'Hero' sports event – "America's Run for the Fallen," which takes participants on a cross-country run to Arlington National Cemetery to recognize the nearly 20,000 fallen service members who have died since the USS Cole incident in October 2000. The 6,000-mile route from Fort Irwin, Calif., to Arlington National Cemetery is in its 10 th year. During the race, runners pause each mile of the 6,000-mile trek to call out the names of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guard and Marines killed on a different day. When complete, runners will have passed through 19 states. This is the third year SportsEvents Magazine has highlighted "Hero" events and as you'll see, participants are excited to show their support by partici- pating in local sports events or in support of worthy causes with friends and family. It's no wonder that America's heroes and sports are tied together to create powerful events that showcase all that is positive in our nation. If you are planning a similar sporting event to honor heroes, please let me know so we can get the word out. I want to know how you are supporting good causes through sports. SportsEvents is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is mailed under standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO SportsEvents Subscription Office, P.O. Box 16868, North Hollywood, CA 91615. Editorial ideas and manuscripts are welcomed. However, all unsolicited manuscripts and photographs must be sent with return postage; otherwise SportsEvents cannot be responsible for returning them. Copyright 2018 by Covey Communications Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher is strictly forbidden. EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2001 West First Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 968-5300 / Fax (251) 968-4532 MAILING ADDRESS P. O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 E-MAIL info@sportseventsmagazine.com WEBSITE www.sportseventsmagazine.com PUBLISHER J. Talty O'Connor MANAGING EDITOR Sherri Middleton DIRECTOR OF SALES Shellie Kichler ADVERTISING Kelsey Carpenter EXECUTIVE SALES & MARKETING Amy Peebles COORDINATOR DESIGN SERVICES Kelly Williams MANAGER MANAGER, TRAFFIC Stephanie Eckman & PROMOTIONS FINANCE MANAGER Mandi Morrison CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashley Strickland CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Beth Kujawski Paige Townley Tammy Leytham Robin Mackinaw Selena Chavis Michelle Ryan EDITORIAL Jon Butler, ADVISORY BOARD Pop Warner Little Scholars Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports Jamie Adams, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Alicia McConnell, U.S. Olympic Committee James Parker, Amateur Athletic Union Jon Schmieder, CSEE Huddle Up Group EDITOR'S PLAY•BY•PLAY Support Through Sports Managing Editor smiddleton@coveypubs.com

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