SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2016 118 don't really remember this, but according to my mom, my organi- zation skills kicked in when I was a Cub Scout. When I was about eight, according to her, I organized an email distribution list on her tablet and was emailing my friends to coordinate our meetings. I did realize early on that I have a knack for tracking details, ticking-off to-do lists and motivating people to act. Coupling those skills with my love of sports led me to my career in sports event planning. I currently work for a cluster of high schools in Cleveland, organizing and running tournaments in soccer, basket- ball, swimming, weightlifting, track and archery. I've experienced the good and the bad in this industry, everything from a hotel that was shut down as a crime scene when we arrived to an airline misstep that sent a shipment of championship trophies to Oslo instead of Orlando. Reputation is everything in this in- dustry. Treat me well, with respect and attention to detail, and I'll return with my kids time and time again. Come off as disorganized and disingenuous, and you're dead to me. So with the knowledge that we can pretty much take our kids anywhere, why do we return again and again to Valley Forge and Montgomery County, PA? Well, for one thing, the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board has a dedicated sales team for sports. They're very professional, very strategic and very energetic. The VFTCB crew's support begins even before we arrive. Their website, valley-, highlights facilities like the Proving Grounds in Conshohocken, home field for the Villanova Universi- ty Girls' Field Hockey Team. Options for indoor sports include the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, which features 240,000 square feet of uninterrupted exhibition space on a single floor. And even our needs for swimming are met in Pottstown's historic Hill School. All these facilities are conveniently located along major highways. Montgom- ery County itself is only 18 miles west of Philadelphia. Accommodations (more than 8,000 rooms countywide) include all brands and all price points. Considering many of my parents are saving for col- lege tuitions, it's crucial for me to keep costs down. The support of the VFTCB staff is in- credible. They guided me to their online resource, Montco360, which uses Google technology to show locations in 360-de- gree detail. Even though hockey isn't one of my sports, I was able to "stand" center ice in one of the county's hockey arenas and see the view for myself. Very cool! The VFTCB sports crew also provides on-site assistance, marketing help, PR advice, financial incentives and even the use of a sports-centric app for the dura- tion of play. My kids and their parents really appre- ciate a way to get information pushed to them. We not only update schedules — really useful in round-robin eliminations — but also provide real-time information on nearby restaurant deals and other specials. Valley Forge is also a great place to visit once the final whistle blows. Our kids have taken in the history at Valley Forge National Historical Park, flown indoors at iFLY King of Prussia, gone ziplining at Elmwood Park Zoo and tackled the challenge of the Escape Room Mysteries, all within a radius of less than 10 miles. Wrangling weightlifters takes a little more finesse than corralling Cub Scouts. But the assistance of the Valley Forge Tourism Board's sports professionals makes it easy. Contact them for your next tourna- ment. n I Why this Sporting Event Planner Values Valley Forge Andy Carl, Sports Sales Manager (610) 843-7996 Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board "We have a dedicated sports sales team here at Valley Forge Sports, and they pride themselves with providing first-class ser- vice to all sporting events in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. From soccer tourna- ments to wrestling matches and everything in between, the team is here to ensure a fantastic event for participants and specta- tors from start to finish." —Marc Kaminetsky, Director of Convention & Tourism Sales, VFTCB. Travis Geiser, Sports Sales Manager (610) 834-7994

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