SportsEvents Magazine

NOV 2017

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November 2017 8 t SPORTS Talk through a different lens, that of a first-timer on the trail. Likewise, we have been intro- duced to many new trails and found hidden gems to share with our followers." Each of the four guides feature 40 or more trails, com- plete with maps, color photos, route descriptions and website links for more information on the venues. Tips for trail runners, such as injury pre- vention, hydration, training and recovery, are interspersed throughout the text. For more information, visit resources. Rocky Top Sports World Celebrates Third Year GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Rocky Top Sports World announces a record-breaking third year in operation. The facility, located in Gatlinburg, is now adding an additional $34.5 million in economic impact in the city and Sevier County. More than 42,000 athletes, spectators and family mem- bers booked more than 53,000 room nights in the county for youth sports, according to Dev Pathik, founder of Rocky Top Sports World. The facility is managed by the Sports Facilities Management. "Rocky Top is the right facil- ity, in the right location, with the right leadership," Pathik said. "This powerful com- bination of proper planning and collaboration among the public and private sector is what has led to Rocky Top's continued success." In addition to sports events, the facility served as a Red Cross disaster shelter during the Gatlinburg wildfires last November. For more information, visit www.rockytopsportsworld. com. $100 Billion Spent on Athletics in Past Year AUSTIN, Texas — According to a new report by, people in the United States spent more than $100 billion in the past year on sporting events, athletic equipment and gym memberships. Sporting events, including tickets, transportation, and food and beverage, accounted for the majority of spending, with 79 million people accounting for $56 billion in expenditures in the past 12 months. People also spent more than $33 billion on athletic equip- ment and $19 billion on gym memberships. The report found that mil- lennials, ages 18 – 36, are the most likely to have spent money on gym memberships in the past 12 months and parents are much more likely than non-parents to have spent money on athletic equipment or attending a sporting event. The survey was con- ducted by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Events Aurora to Host 2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships AURORA, Ill. — USA Badminton (USAB) 2018 YONEX Junior National Championships will be held in Aurora, Ill. USAB will partner with the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AACVB) and the Aurora Area Sports Alliance (AASA) for the event, which will be held at the Great Lakes Center. The event will be played June 26 to July 3, 2018. This is the first time the event will take place in the Midwest in more than 20 years. "It is an exciting day for USA Badminton," said Jeff Dyrek, USAB chief execu- tive officer. "We're elated to bring the YONEX Junior National Championships to the Midwest, a region of the country which we believe has untapped potential." The Junior National Championship fields more than 350 participants each year from across the U.S. and is USAB's highest-ranking junior tournament. The Great Lakes Volleyball Center is a 60,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that features eight spacious vol- leyball courts that sit on three layers of plywood and 36,000 pieces of rubber to provide one of the softest playing sur- faces available in the world, APPLING, Ga. — The Disc Golf Hall of Fame Association (DGHOF) recently inducted three contributors to the sport of disc golf, whose passion for the sport transcends personal gain. The DGHOF is considered the highest honor in the world of disc golf. The hall of fame inductees are members of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and have contributed to the growth of the sport. The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are Des Reading, Brian Graham and John Bird. The induction ceremonies were held during the 2017 National Tour Elite Series finale event, the Ed Headrick Hall of Fame Classic (HOFC), on October 13 – 15 at the International Disc Golf Center (IDGC) in Appling. The DGHOF is an independent organization dedicated to the promotion of disc golf, its premier pioneers and players. The DGHOF was founded in 1993 by Lavonne Wolfe of Huntsville, Ala. Wolfe also created what is now known as the Headrick Memorial Museum, now housed at the IDGC. For more information, visit n 2017 Professional Disc Golf Association Inductees 2017 Disc Golf Hall of Fame Inductees pictured from left to right: John Bird, Des Reading and Brian Graham

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