February 2010 Industry News

February 2010 Industry News

U.S. Figure Skating Establishes New Scholarship Program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—U.S. Figure Skating and the Pioneer Fund have established the Helen M. McLoraine Figure Skating Scholarship Program to assist eligible current and former amateur and professional figure skaters who wish to pursue a college education. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time undergraduate study at an accredited institution. As many as 10 scholarships will be awarded, ranging from $3,000 to $7,000 per recipient.

USA Weightlifting Hire New Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—USA Weightlifting has hired two new staff members. Madison Robelen and Courtney Kulick began their new roles as the event and sponsorship services manager and sports management intern, respectively, at the USA Weightlifting office.

National Rowing Foundation Names Director Of Development

PRINCETON, N.J.—Dave Vogel has been named the director of development for the National Rowing Foundation (NRF). A former U.S. national team athlete and coach, Vogel’s involvement in rowing at the collegiate- and elite-level spans four decades. “I am very excited that we have hired such a high-caliber, experienced development professional for this critical position,” said NRF Co-Chairman Anne Martin.

US Soccer Federation Sides With US Youth Soccer

FRISCO, Texas—The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has rejected the primary claims of US Club Soccer (USCS) and American youth Soccer (AYSO) in the grievance they filed against US Youth Soccer and five of its soccer state associations. The accusers said that US Youth Soccer had violated their duties as members of the federation and were in violation of several bylaws, polices and rules. The decision allows US Youth Soccer and its member state associations to provide and retain benefits for only its members.

The dispute arose out of the claims of USCS and AYSO as to the rights and obligations of the parties as members of USSF. In short, they argued that benefits granted to US Youth Soccer members should also apply to non-US Youth Soccer members.

Albany Awarded NY Federation Tournament

ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Federation Council awarded the Federation Tournament of Champions basketball tournament to Albany, N.Y., and the Times Union Center. The commitment is for a three-year period beginning with the 2011 tournament. “This is a great opportunity for us to market the capital city to talented athletes and their families and work with the federation to make this a showcase event,” said Michele Vennard, president of the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Albany won the bid by convincingly offering to enhance the championship atmosphere and offer an aggressive campaign to boost attendance, especially concentrated on the girls portion of the tournament, as well as the added benefit of the “convenient” location of downtown hotels and restaurants.

USA Triathlon Names Host For Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—USA Triathlon has chosen Burlington, Vt., as the host of the 2011 and 2012 USAT Age Group, Spring and Elite National Championships. The date of the events has not been determined but organizers expect the events to be held in August in both 2011 and 2012 at a venue near Lake Champlain and Battery Park, according to organization officials.

McAllen Ranked One Of Country’s Safest Cities

MCALLEN, Texas—McAllen has been ranked one of the United State’s safest cities, according to Farmer’s Insurance Group. Ranked the 12th safest in the country, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission region has taken some heat recently from sensationalized media stories alluding to safety concerns, said Nancy Millar, McAllen Convention and Visitors Bureau director. “This ranking by such a credible source is excellent news for us.” The ranking took into account crime, weather, lack of natural disasters, foreclosures, home prices, air quality, terrorist threats, environmental hazards, life expectancy and job loss numbers.

Other Texas cities in the top 15 included Austin, ranked No. 1, and El Paso, ranked No. 8.

Host Named For 2010 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

FRISCO, Texas—US Youth Soccer has named Murfreesboro, Tenn., as host of the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, which is the culminating event for US Youth Soccer teams who have advanced from the state to regional to National Presidents Cup level, to be held July 8-11, at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

Mountain Dew Signs Multi-Year Extension As Tour Title Sponsor

BURR RIDGE, Ill.—Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, has announced that Dew Tour title Sponsor Mountain Dew has signed a multi-year deal to extend the partnership. The series title sponsor since the Dew Tour’s inception in 2005, Mountain Dew will retain entitlement of both the tour and its points-based championship, the Dew Cup.