National Association of Sports Commissions wraps up 24th Annual Symposium in Grand Rapids

The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the governing body of the $9.45 billion sport tourism industry, celebrated the industry and its leadership at its 24th annual NASC Sports Event Symposium at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, hosted by the West Michigan Sports Commission and its statewide partner, Pure Michigan Sports.

Also featured was the NASC Sports Marketplace, the longest-running reverse tradeshow for the sports tourism market. Here, Experience Grand Rapids offers tastings of some of Grand Rapids’ finest craft beers.

Led by President Mike Guswiler, the West Michigan Sports Commission team was a gracious host, and our 900+ members were treated to another engaging and thought-provoking Symposium in a great American sports city. I want to personally thank Mike and his team for joining our team in hosting another successful NASC Symposium, our 24th annual meeting for the sport tourism industry.

Over the past six years, the NASC and its membership have chosen local non-profits to raise money and awareness for programs in the host cities for the Symposium. This year, I am pleased to report that we raised the largest donation ever to support Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports. Our $27,000 donation will allow Mary Free Bed to purchase nine wheelchairs for their tennis program.

Accepting the NASC check for Mary Free Bed are (L to R) Steve Draft-Peppin; Alicia Hass; Michael Burkhart; Kevin Smith; and Jocelyn Dettloff

I can assure you that our membership will continue to raise money for non-profits in our host cities that provide individuals – particularly at-risk youth, veterans, or physically or intellectually disabled individuals – opportunities to participate in sport and encourage healthy lifestyles as we look forward to our meeting in Sacramento next year.



Don Schumacher
Guest Blogger
Don is Executive Director of the National Association of Sports Commissions

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