• Keeping Your Venue Safe from Terrorist Threats

    by Jeffrey Miller November 2017

    As security directors watch the terrorist threat escalate, their responses have been to fortify their programs accordingly. Unfortunately, it is not enough to keep pace with hostile actors; you must outpace them. You must anticipate new, emerging terrorist tradecraft and tactics before they are implemented. You must recognize potential risks and vulnerabilities in your facilities and address them before they are exploited. Whether you manage a professional sports venue, a high school athletic department or a community organization, the best way to begin this process is through a comprehensive risk and vulnerability assessment.

  • Analyzing Safety Standards in High School Sports

    by Samantha Scarneo October 2017

    The nonprofit Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) has been making waves in the realm of sport safety since namesake Korey Stringer of the Minnesota Vikings tragically died in August 2001 from exertional heat stroke. At KSI, we have worked with athletes from the professional level down to the youth level, with the goal of making sports safer and preventing sudden deaths. Since the opening of the institute, our mission has been to provide research, education, advocacy and consultation in an attempt to maximize performance, optimize safety and prevent sudden death for the athlete.

  • Ex-AD Sentenced to 2-6 Years Imprisonment for Theft

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    Former Hyde Park Central School District athletic director Amy McArdle-Rausenberger was sentenced on Wednesday by the Duchesse County Court to two-to-six years in prison for having stolen $50,000 worth of equipment between July 2009 and August 2016.

  • Bringing Safety and Security Practices to a Large Urban School District

    by Marmion Dambrino July 2016

    The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas, covering 333 square miles. It is the seventh-largest school district in the United States, providing interscholastic athletic programming for 43 middle schools and 24 high schools.

  • The Birth of a High School Gameday Security Plan

    by Brett Coulter July 2016

    On a blistering-hot Sunday afternoon, 16-time Tennessee state champion Maryville High School squared off against crosstown rival and 14-time state champ Alcoa. The date was August 25, 2012. The game, telecast live by ESPN, was the Great American Rivalry Series game of the week. As expected, the crowd was overflowing, with attendance soaring above 10,000, including fans, event staff and ESPN crew members, down to the football players themselves.

  • How Carmel High School Earned SESA Designation

    by Stuart Goldman February 2016

    Carmel (Ind.) High School has not had more serious security issues at its athletic events than those that took place on a bizarre night in November 2013. During a state semifinal football game at Carmel, a football official suffered a heart attack on the field but was revived. While the official was receiving medical attention, a fan suffered a seizure in the stands and was treated there. The most tragic event of the night occurred when the father of a Carmel football player had a medical emergency in the stands during the fourth quarter and later died at a local hospital.

  • Best Practices Guide Addresses High School Security Concerns

    by Dennis Van Milligen October 2015

    More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletic administrator tasked with providing a safe environment, the stakes have never been higher.

  • Best Practices Guide Will Define How to Improve High School Security

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015

    The numbers don't lie. More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletics administrator tasked with providing a safe atmosphere for those millions of fans and athletes, the stakes have never been higher.

  • How to Protect Athletes and Fans From Lightning Strikes

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015

    It was 1996, but Bob Dugan remembers it like it was yesterday. Soccer referee John Wade, after being alerted by a weather-detection system that a storm was on its way, removed fourth- and fifth-grade kids from the field of play. Once the storm passed, they resumed activity at Northeast Park in Park Ridge, Ill. The belief was that the storm had moved over Lake Michigan approximately 45 miles away. But instead, the storm came back, and a lightning strike killed the 20-year-old referee.

  • FBI Special Agent Katherine Schweit Talks Active-Shooter Training

    by May 2015

    The FBI, in collaboration with Texas State University's ALERRT Center, is in the process of training law enforcement officers around the country in active-shooter response. Special Agent Katherine Schweit is the senior executive responsible for the FBI's active-shooter training — the most extensive effort of its kind, initiated following the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Gameday Security editor in chief Dennis Van Milligen recently talked with Special Agent Schweit about the active-shooter training, which is free to law enforcement officers, and why it is so important for those officers and campus safety personnel responsible for protecting sports venues and events.