SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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Page 22 of 75 January 2018 23 Play Like the Pros Small town charm. World Class Locations. The Winning Choice. From world class facilities to warm hospitality, we're ready to make your event a success! For more information, contact Sabrina Jurisich, Sports Commissioner. 530-225-4103|| Award for Sports Events Planners to Watch in 2018, Keshock was praised for a spring 2017 volleyball tournament hosted at the Biloxi Convention Center that resulted in more than 1,000 bed nights from out-of-town visitors and an estimated economic impact of $2.9 million with 91 registered teams. "In comparison to a previous volleyball tournament operated by another rights owner at the same location drew 20 clubs, which is a 77 percent increase in event team registrants and a windfall of new tourism dollars to the host city." During the past three years, Keshock pro- vided volleyball opportunities to more than 200 pre-teen girls, boys and co-ed adults at her training facility and other satellite facilities with grass-roots training programs, and volleyball certification workshops. Keshock's Mobile Storm programs includes a youth academy, a training academy, Fall Season for ages 8 to 18, Club Teams with three levels and Sand Storm, a beach volleyball program that consists of two player teams that compete in tournaments in the area to help improve players' abilities. Mobile Storm also offers camps and clinics throughout the year for all age groups in addition to private lessons. Keshock has created recruiting combine events for volleyball players who wish to contin- ue playing at the intercollegiate level and she brings col- lege coaches from across the country to watch potential recruits in a single location. By providing exposure for volleyball players, Keshock has introduced athletes to profession- als, host cities, college recruiters and all the benefits associated with playing teams sports. "The best part about being involved with club volleyball is the players. Every time I walk into the gym I'm so excited. It could be the most stressful week – especially when my club hosts a tournament – but to be there and see them in their happy place, that's what makes it special. The storm training facility is their home. Their mothers say 'this is their home. This is what makes them happy,'" she said. "For girls and boys to have a positive experience is what it's all about. Sports teaches positive lessons for life: teamwork, discipline, hard work and being unselfish. Those girls and boys who reach their goals and put in the work to see their goals achieved is why I do this." n SPECIAL FEATURE: Awards & Recognition Issue

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