SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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January 2018 4 At the first of each year it's not uncommon to be asked about our personal and professional goals and resolutions. For some, the challenge is to lose weight, exercise more or give up a bad habit. Others shoot for more lofty goals – such as taking over the company, or … maybe the world. Many of us will fail, but others will find success. According to studies and surveys, about 10 percent of us have lost interest in the new year's resolution by January 8 and other oft-reported surveys sug- gest that only about eight percent of us will stick with our plan throughout the entire year. But it doesn't have to be that way. As I prepared this issue of the magazine this month, I realized many peo- ple set big goals and they achieve them. In this month's SportsEvents, I hope you take time to read the stories about the sports planners and the events they coordinate. The annual Readers' Choice Awards recognize the people and events for their excellence. They are nominated by their peers and very often do the hard work of showcasing their cities and events in the best pos- sible light. Rewards are often as simple as positive feedback when the event is over. Other rewards are marked by increasing participation numbers or a positive impact on the community. As you'll find, some of this year's winners have dedicated their life to the work they do with youth sports. Others may be new to the industry. This spe- cial feature also highlights the destinations and sports commissions that were nominated by SportsEvents readers for their professionalism, commitment to hosting sports events and the quality of service provided to create memora- ble experiences for both participants and spectators alike. One thing is certain, this year's Readers' Choice Awards winners didn't get here without a plan or a goal. Congratulations to this year's Readers' Choice Awards winners and thank you for your all that you do. Also in this issue, we're highlighting two sports that are growing more popular in the United States and around the world. Roberto Balestrini, the founder of American FootGolf discusses his love of the game, and we're highlighting SUP and Paddleboarding events and the ongoing debate about how the sport should be governed. As always, I'm interested to hear about your events and welcome your comments and suggestions. Contact me at SportsEvents is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is mailed under standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO SportsEvents Subscription Office, P.O. Box 16868, North Hollywood, CA 91615. Editorial ideas and manuscripts are welcomed. However, all unsolicited manuscripts and photographs must be sent with return postage; otherwise SportsEvents cannot be responsible for returning them. Copyright 2017 by Covey Communications Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher is strictly forbidden. EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2001 West First Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 968-5300 / Fax (251) 968-4532 102 South Tejon Street Suite 1100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 644-7000 MAILING ADDRESS P. O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 E-MAIL WEBSITE PUBLISHER J. Talty O'Connor MANAGING EDITOR Sherri Middleton DIRECTOR OF SALES Shellie Kichler ADVERTISING Kelsey O'Connor EXECUTIVE SALES ASSISTANT Amy Peebles MARKETING & Kayla Brown COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER DESIGN SERVICES Kelly Williams MANAGER MANAGER, TRAFFIC Stephanie Eckman & PROMOTIONS FINANCE MANAGER Mandi Morrison CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashley Brokowsky CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Michelle Ryan Beth Kujawski Paige Townley Marcia Bradford Tammy Leytham EDITORIAL Jon Butler, ADVISORY BOARD Pop Warner Little Scholars Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports Jamie Adams, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Alicia McConnell, U.S. Olympic Committee James Parker, Amateur Athletic Union Don Ruedlinger, Youth Basketball of America Jon Schmieder, CSEE Huddle Up Group EDITOR'S PLAY-BY-PLAY Here's To Achieving Big Goals Managing Editor

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