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Editor’s Travels in Athens, Ga.

I visited Athens, Ga., two weeks ago to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Classic Center Arena attached to the Classic Center downtown.

Come Play PNW Sports: Snohomish County, Washington

Welcome to PNW Sports! Snohomish County, Wash. Located in northwest Washington State, nestled between the sparkling blue waters of the Salish Sea and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains, Snohomish County begins 15 miles north of Seattle, a little under 120 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and a short ferry ride away from the Olympic Peninsula.

Referee Shortages are the Last Thing we Need Right Now

In Mississippi, softball umpire Kristi Moore was allegedly punched by a woman wearing a mother of the year shirt. During a Little League game in Texas, an umpire was shoved to the ground by a coach. In Georgia, a basketball ref was attacked by players and required 30 stitches. And on Easter Sunday in Colorado, a ref was assaulted and video of the incident was posted to TikTok.

Comparison is Key when Concerning Trends

This past year, the sports industry’s main goal was not rebounding, but looking at past year’s data and comparing when it came to rebuilding. While some say comparison is the main thief of joy, when it comes to sporting events and gatherings, comparison should make all of us ecstatic. In the 2021 Trends Report, survey responders estimated it would take anywhere from two to five years to fully recover from the pandemic. However, in this year’s survey, multiple responders say they were currently seeing recovery happen before their own eyes—a drastic change from the five-year expectation just one year prior. Check out why this is, and more in our 2022 Trends Report!

Sound Off: Let’s Talk About Youth Leaving Sports.

If a certificate of participation is going to keep a child in said sport, why is there such a big problem surrounding “trophies for all?” Sound off everyone! I want to hear your opinions! -Summer Abston, Managing Editor

Katie Meyer, This One is for You

Katie Meyer, the goalkeeper for the Stanford Women's Cardinal Soccer Team, tragically passed away last week. In honor of Meyer and National Women's Day, let's take a look at some of her achievements as an athlete.

I Can Not Stress This Enough: Protect. Our. Athletes. NOW.

Over 60 million people participate in a sport each year in the United States. 35 of those 60 million are youth and amateur athletes. Seventy-five percent of those athletes are verbally abused. Translated, that means 27 million children under the age of 13 each year are being yelled at by an adult coach. To put it further, over 45 percent of all female athletes battle an eating disorder, and 30 collegiate athletes have died in the last 20 years due to heat stroke complications. These numbers should not exist; we should be doing more as an industry to help protect these athletes.

Happy New Year, Sports World!

Happy New Year, sports world! Even though I repeatedly am typing 2021…and have even typed 2020 on some word documents...we are finally on our way into 2022!

A Holiday Perspective

This year, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about all of the young children who will inevitably get their first piece of sporting equipment this Christmas.