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AUG 2018

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August 2018 10 Industry Hirshland Named CEO of United States Olympic Committee COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sarah Hirshland has been named the 12th chief executive officer of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Hirshland is currently the chief commercial officer of the United States Golf Associa- tion (USGA) and will assume her new duties by the end of August. Hirshland will replace Susanne Lyons, who served as acting CEO since February 2018 following the resignation of Scott Blackmun, who held the position since January 2010. "The Olympic and Paralym- pic Games, and the movements they help advance, are a source of inspiration and admiration on every continent of the earth, and one of the few things in history that can bring the world together in celebration," Hirsh- land said. "To be invited to lead the Olympic and Paralympic community in the United States, to be associated with Team USA and to have the honor and privilege of serving America's athletes is an absolute dream come true." The USOC has faced scrutiny for its handling of allegations of abuse by athletes in programs such as gymnas- tics, swimming, taekwondo and volleyball. "I also recognize the chal- lenges ahead as we navigate this critical moment in the USOC's history," Hirshland said in a statement from USOC. "We must protect, support and empower athletes, young and old, elite and beginner. Olympic and Paralympic sport in the United States must be a shining example, able to provide ath- letes with the benefits of partic- ipation in an environment free from abuse of any kind. The USOC has made great strides in this area and I look forward to carrying on that critically important work." Triangle Volleyball Club Named 2018 S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year SUWANEE, Ga. — The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and American International Group, Inc. (AIG) announced that the Triangle Volleyball Club in Raleigh, N.C., has been named the 2018 S.T.R.I.V.E. (Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence) Organization of the Year for its "kids first" approach to safety. Triangle Volleyball Club serves the triangle area of North Carolina: Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The club is being honored for its dedication to shape and develop the character of young people through sports. Presented by NCYS and sponsored by AIG, the S.T.R.I.V.E. Award for Orga- nization of the Year honors youth and amateur sports organizations that demonstrate a passion, commitment and contagious spirit to help kids succeed in amateur youth sports activities while keeping young athletes safe. The NCYS spon- sored AIG S.T.R.I.V.E. Award for Organization of the Year is in its seventh year. Triangle Volleyball Club's comprehensive injury-preven- tion program priorities are to invest in gym space to provide a safer training environment; identify areas of fundamen- tal weaknesses for injury for athletes and educate athletes on improving basic movement and mobility; educate athletes on caring for their bodies through nutrition, hydration, age-ap- propriate strength and con- ditioning, and active rest and recovery methods; and provide services to identify and prevent overuse injuries. The club is also being recognized for its emphasis on the health and safety of athletes while also competing at the highest level of girls' junior club volleyball. National Council of Youth Sports Has New Headquarters SUWANEE, Ga. —The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) headquarters have moved following the retirement of Sally Johnson as NCYS executive director. Wayne B. Moss is the new executive director of the orga- nization. NCYS's new headquarters is located at: 1490 Oglethorpe Run Lane, Suwanee, GA 30024. Email: Clark Named Director of Sports Development For Elizabethtown Sport Park Management Transition ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – Janna Clark, formerly the sports and sales director for the Elizabethtown Convention and Tourism Bureau (ETCB), will become the director of sports develop- ment for the organization. Clark will lead the Elizabethtown Sports Park management transition and manage the event sales function for ETCB while overseeing the operations tran- sition at the park. "Janna is the right person for this opportunity," said Patrick Clark, chair of the ETCB Commission. "She has the vital skills and the history of how the park has become a leader in sports tourism. Her experience with our rights holders, along with her connections to other industry leaders and potential partners, will help us make the best decisions for the future of the park." In her new role, Clark will engage professional venue management firms to operate the park and have a contract in place by the 2019 season. Houston to Host 2023 Men's Final Four HOUSTON — Houston's NRG Park, which hosted the 2011 ► t SPORTS Talk Hirshland Clark

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