Source: Michigan High School Athletic AssociationEAST LANSING, Mich. - July 23 - More than 1,100 Michigan High School Athletic Association officials are scheduled to attend "Officiate Michigan Day" on Saturday, July 27, at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, where they will receive training from 40 of the best in the officiating field. Officials representing the amateur, collegiate and professional ranks will speak and provide training during four instructional workshops throughout the day plus additional sessions mid-day and at the end of the afternoon. "Officiate Michigan Day" is the kickoff event to the National Association of Sports Officials' (NASO) annual Sports Officiating Summit, which will follow July 28-30 in Grand Rapids. MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts and Barry Mano, founder and president of NASO, will give the opening address. Four-time Super Bowl official Jerry Markbreit will speak to close the event. Four instructional sessions will focus on sport-specific training in officiating the following: baseball, basketball, competitive cheer, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, ice hockey, soccer, softball, track & field, volleyball and wrestling. "We're expecting this to be one of the largest gatherings of sports officials ever held in the United States," said MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl, who oversees the association's officials program. "It will be a historic day of learning and training for our officials." Among scheduled clinicians are current National Basketball Association officials Joe Crawford and Bill Kennedy, NCAA National Coordinator of Volleyball Officials Joan Powell, National Hockey League Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson and official Dan O'Halloran, and National Football League officials Perry Paganelli, Carl Paganelli, Jr., and Dino Paganelli. All three Paganellis have officiated Super Bowls, and O'Halloran is coming off working his fourth straight Stanley Cup Final. Crawford and Kennedy both officiated during the recent NBA Finals, and Powell also served as team leader of the U.S. women's national volleyball team that won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. "Officiate Michigan Day" is open to all officials, including those not registered with the MHSAA, and cost to attend is $35. It is recommended officials sign up online by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 25. To register for the conference or see the schedule and list of presenters and clinicians, visit the MHSAA Website at www.mhsaa.com, click on the "Officials" tab in the top menu bar and then on the "Officiate Michigan Day" link. The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.
Source: Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC
Qualite Owner, Eric Boorom, and President, Nick Page, are thrilled with the potential of being an Edison Award Winner. Eric Boorom stated that, "The Edison Award nomination is a testament to the insight, intuitiveness and somewhat radical development of the GameChanger product. We knew we wanted to make a statement to the industry, and the Edison Award nomination has validated our work; it may be our greatest honor in the company's history."read more
Source: Value Vinyls
Value Vinyls is pleased to announce Marc Shellshear as our new Director of Sales – Structure Fabrics.read more
Source: Kings Public Relations
–Kings become 15th NBA Team to Own an NBA D-League Affiliate
Sacramento, Calif.—The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate.
ST. LOUIS, MO (10.19.16) - Foundry St. Louis and CannonDesign, an integrated global design firm, officially unveiled initial renderings for a potential Major League Soccer (MLS) Stadium that could help bring MLS soccer to the city. The unveiling was part of a public engagement forum to collect feedback and discuss ideas from St. Louis community members and local soccer fans. It also comes in the wake of an announcement from MLS Commissioner Don Garber that St. Louis is one of three leading candidates for the league’s next round of expansion.read more
Source: Brinkley Sargent Wigington Architects
Jim Browne’s planning and programming work has won more than 75 awards
HOUSTON — Jim Browne, with more than 40 years of experience in the public parks and recreation sector, joined Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects, a Texas-based firm with offices in Dallas, Waco, and Austin, in September.read more
Source: Life Fitness
Life Fitness restructures manufacturing operations to better support Company growth
Rosemont, Ill., Oct. 20, 2016 – Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, today announced a restructuring plan for its Cybex manufacturing operations that results in the transition of production and support operations now at the Company’s Medway, Massachusetts, facility to existing facilities in Minnesota and Illinois.
Source: Sports Turf Managers Association
Open from October 21 through November 18; Winner Announced December 2
(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide who are critical to the safety of athletes and coaches – kicks off the fourth annual “Mowing Patterns Contest” tomorrow, October 21.
Source: Escape Fitness
Interactive, cloud-based, multi-device solution brings challenges, gamification and personalization to functional fitness
Cincinnati, Ohio, October 20, 2016—Global functional fitness market leader Escape Fitness, in partnership with Dutch distributor FunXtion, is launching the FunXtion Interactive Platform—a cloud-based, multi-device solution that makes functional training safe, effective, accessible, motivational and fun inside and outside of the club environment for exercisers of all skill levels.read more