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AUG 2017

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August 2017 12 www . sportseventsmagazine . com t SPORTS Talk 30-second commercials during this year's bowl game sched- uled for January 6, 2018. For more information, visit SI Play Tourney Machine Team with Hilton to Make Travel Easier MCCLEAN, Va. — Hilton, Time Inc., and Sports Illustrated Play (SI Play) are joining forces to make youth sports tournament team trav- el more enjoyable for kids, parents, coaches and others involved in tournaments by introducing Tourney Stay. The new mobile platform uses SI Play's Tourney Machine and Hilton's net- work of properties to stream- line tournament travel across the country. Tourney Stay is available to all Tourney Machine users and makes booking hotels easier for parents and tourna- ment directors who are able to view and book rooms from the dashboard they use for event logistics. Hilton, Time Inc., and SI Play estimate more than five million parents and players will use Tourney Machine in 2017, generating approximate- ly one million hotel nights. "With Tourney Machine, we are already scheduling thousands of events for a mul- titude of different sports in almost every state in the coun- try," said George Linardos, chief business officer for SI Play. "Joining forces with Hilton to add this seamless new integration is the perfect fit as it will simplify the lives of tournament organizers, coaches and parents alike. After registering on SI Play's Tourney Machine, the tourna- ment director receives a list of properties near the tournament location. Hilton then provides hotel responses. Tourney Machine makes it possible for the director to narrow down their list of hotels and submit the request. No contracts are required and a block of rooms can be released 30 days prior to arrival. The platform may also be used to track scores and schedules, and view and book rooms in the Tourney Machine platform. "We offer many benefits and services that are uniquely suited to sporting groups such as free continental breakfast at every Hampton, Home2 [Suites], Homewood Suites and Embassy Suites. Additionally, guests can use the Hilton Honors app to send messages directly to the front desk— like requesting extra towels after a muddy game—or take advantage of the on-site amenities such as pools to keep teams enter- tained when not on the field," said Frank Passanante, senior vice president of group sales and industry relations with Hilton. For more information, visit tourneymachine and www. n Tech Tools Below are tech tools recently introduced to the world of sports. Know of a cool tool or gadget? E-mail us at For Improved Performance CooLHeadS Offer Solution to Sunburn t Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Track and Field coach Michael Gusbeth and Western Colorado State University (WCSU) Head Track and Field Coach Chris Bradford needed a solution to keep fans safe during indoor practices in fieldhouses. Gusbeth found Impact Safety Systems Inc. (ISS), a manufacturer that specializes in safety barriers for professional auto racing and karting. CSM said the ISS barriers were affordable and withstood numerous impacts, often by as much as 35 pounds in the men's Division II weight throw, with no damage to the impact barrier. "We stack the barriers six feet high on dollies when stored, then simply wheel them out, quickly set up and easily break down and roll them away," he said. "When you have to recreate this process nearly every day, efficiency is crucial." ISS offers the Kart Impact Safety Systems (KISS) for kart tracks; ProLink for motorsports tracks, stadiums and athletic facilities; and SoftLink, a soft-sided barrier system that cushions the bodies of athletes who play indoor and outdoor sports. SoftLink Barriers are used for numerous sports, and can be customized with graphics or logos to coordinate with facility branding. n t New Barrier Solution Improves Safety, Saves Time CooLHeadS are designed to offer protection from sun on the head, neck and shoulders. Made from 100 percent ultra- soft and absorbent terry cloth, CooLHeadS are designed to stay in place using an adjustable inner-band system. A cloth trim is available in seven colors to accent the white terry cloth head covering that helps regulate the body's temperature. Retailing for $19.99, CooLHeadS, as well as a line of snap backs and accessories, are available online. n More information: More information:

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