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JAN 2018

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January 2018 8 t SPORTS Talk fees. So, when you sign up for the team, you're also paying for lodging and trans- portation, which you would otherwise pay on your own in addition to team fees. That can make it look like those sports are more expensive than they really are in comparison to others. Costs can also vary dra- matically for different teams playing the same sport. For example, some teams or orga- nizations may be running as non-profits and work hard to keep their costs as low as pos- sible. They may also rely on donations to offset some costs. Others might be organized as for-profit enterprises. But the one factor that influences the price to play within the same sport is travel. Most teams are barely able to scrape by even with the fees collected from parents. When paying for coaches and travel, costs add up quickly and there's rarely any money left over. As a matter of fact, when a team doesn't budget properly, sometimes coaches and organizers end up paying extra out of their own pockets just to keep the team running, Lennon said. When team fees exceed a few hundred dollars, most par- ents need to or prefer to pay in installments to spread the costs throughout the season. Most teams offer payment plans as their primary option and some offer a discount for paying everything up front at the beginning of the season. Some teams offer scholar- ships for kids who want to par- ticipate but can't afford to pay the team fees, Lennon said. Some organizations, such as i9 Sports Association, offer need- based assistance to help young athletes afford team fees. For more information on Groundwork, visit www. Wilmington and Beaches CVB Welcomes New Sales Employees WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced that Robert Cox joined the staff as director of sports development. Cox has extensive experience in sports tourism and has served on the North Carolina Sports Association Board and Executive Committee, serving as chairman of the association from 2013 – 2015. Cox holds the professional designations of Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) and Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) through the National Association of Sports Commissions. Joel Smith is the new sales manager for corporate, gov- ernment, social and religious groups. Smith was most recently employed as the site director for the Easter Seals UCP Wilmington. He held previous positions with the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., in Lake Waccamaw and with the city of Durham Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit www.gowilmingtonand Fry Appointed President and CEO of Experience Bryan College Station COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Kindra Fry, the interim director of the Experience COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Weightlifting (USAW) recently announced a Talent Identification Combine Series and a restructured Athlete Development Camp (ADC) program that are both designed to increase awareness and participation in Olympic weightlifting. The new development camp program is geared toward existing members of USA Weightlifting, according to Suzy Sanchez, USA Weightlifting director of development programs. "Our previous ADC camp program in 2017 was focused solely on recruiting and attracting athletes from other sports while the new ADC format will shift towards developing our existing members knowledge and performance of the sport of weightlift- ing," she said. With the new clinic-style format, both new and existing mem- bers will be able learn and improve their Olympic lifts. Five camps will be offered including: • Snatch specific (any age) • Clean and Jerk specific (any age) • Advanced (17+) • Intro to weightlifting (any age) • Youth specific (under 17) Three-tiered pricing is available for $99 for a one-day camp, $129 for a one-day camp with a branded shaker bottle and towel or $169 for a one-day camp with a branded shaker bottle, towel and a USAW 12-week program. In addition to the Talent ID Lift-Off, the High School Combine Series will be used to expose high school students to the sport of Olympic weightlifting. Athletes will be given a series of tests to search for potential Olympic talent in one-day combines that are free to participants. Special discounts will be offered to athletes and coaches, and athletes identified through the program will be paired with coaches in the local area to assist in development. The Combine Series will be held Jan. 25 – 28 in Alaska; Feb. 3 in Aurora, Ill.; Feb. 17 in St. Cloud, Fla.; and Feb. 24 in San Francisco. For more information, visit n USA Weightlifting Announces Talent ID Lift-Off

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