August Industry News

AUGUST INDUSTRY NEWS

Doubletree Hotels Contributes To Reforestation Project In Honor Of Team USA Olympic, Paralympic Medals
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–Doubletree Hotels has announced its pledge to donate trees for every medal won by Team USA during the 2008 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, from Aug. 9 through the close of the Paralympic Games on Sept. 17, 2008. For every U.S. medal, Doubletree will donate trees to a variety of need-based, reforestation projects across the country through the Arbor Day Foundation.
 
For every gold medal, Doubletree will donate 100 trees to be planted in the athlete’s honor; 50 trees for every silver medal; and 25 trees for every bronze medal. Each medal-winning athlete will receive a tree-planting certificate in dedication of their achievement.
 
The trees will be planted by the Arbor Day Foundation and local affiliate organizations in national, state and regional parks, forests and communities that have been devastated by natural disasters, tree diseases and other blights. With hundreds of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes competing in the 2008 Games, this initiative has the potential to create an Olympic Commemorative Forest of more than 10,000 new trees.
 
Doubletree Hotels is a member of The Hilton Family of Hotels, an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams.
 
Nautique Boats’ Employees Participate In International Relief Effort
ORLANDO, Fla.—More than 25 employees of Nautique boats, a division of Correct Craft, traveled to Mexico and Nicaragua this summer to assist impoverished families of the areas. In Tijuanna, Mexico, Nautique employees built a new home for a family of four. While in Nicaragua, Nautique employees volunteered at a homeless shelter for mothers and their children by helping with manual labor projects around the shelter, as well as providing entertainment and encouragement for the mothers and their children.
 
This marked the second-consecutive year that Nautique employees participated in community service trips abroad.
 
NAIA Website Nabs Top Rating
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—NAIA.org, the official website for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), is ranked No. 24 among all CBSSports.com websites in a recent quarterly ranking by the national sports media company. This ranking refers to website traffic and the total number of times any NAIA.org page is viewed.
 
In terms of sports associations and conferences, the NAIA is right behind the Big 12 Conference (No. 19) but ahead of NCAA Sports by two spots. NAIA.org features up-to-the-minute stories, scores and stats, as well as information on each of its 23 National Championships.
 
Interbike Bicycle Expo To Remain In Las Vegas
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. —After two years of collecting host city data and retailer, manufacturer and industry partner feedback, Interbike management recently announced that the International Bicycle Expo and Outdoor Demo trade show will remain in Las Vegas. Company officials are finalizing an agreement with Sands Expo and Convention Center to host the industry’s show for at least three more years after the current agreement expires with the 2010 trade show.
 
2008 Nike Friendlies To Feature Elite Youth Teams
CHICAGO—The third-annual 2008 Women’s Nike Friendlies will take place Aug. 21-24 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. More than 25 teams will participate in the youth competition, including three teams representing the U.S. U14 and U15 Girls’ National Teams.
 
USA Rugby’s Eagles Will Play French
CHARLESTON, S.C.—USA Rugby will host Clermont Auvergne Rugby at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The U.S. Men’s National Team will play the French rugby union club from Clermont-Ferrand at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9. The USA-French rugby match will be the first of its kind in both Charleston and South Carolina. ESPN Classic will broadcast the event live.
 
Wal-Mart FLW Tour Will Include Columbia Tournament
COLUMBIA, S.C.—The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (CMCC) will host the 2008 Wal-Mart FLW Tour on Aug. 14-17. The $2 million Forrest Wood Cup, presented by Castrol, will be held on Lake Murray, with weigh-ins and the Cup presentation at the convention center. The event is expected to be the largest bass-fishing championship in the nation this year, drawing thousands of bass-fishing fans to the region.
 
Oak Ridge Bicycling Event To Include Three Races
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Fall Velo Classic will feature bicycle races for professional and elite amateur competitors on Sept. 6-7. There will be three types of races, including a road race that will cover a course between 80 and 100 miles, a criterium and a timed-trial event. Recreational riders can participate in a shorter, 25-mile “Gran Fondo” road race.
 
Round Rock To Host Martial Arts, Archery Events
ROUND ROCK, Texas—The Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the 2008 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Chinese Marital Arts National Kung Fu and Tai Chi Championships at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center on Saturday, Aug. 16. Athletes aged 5-75 will vie for National Honors in events designed around skill levels.
 
Round Rock will also host the Texas Field Archery Association’s 900-round championship tournament on Aug. 16-17. The American invitational tournament will take place at Old Settlers Park at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Aug. 16, and at noon on Aug. 17. Taking escalating temperatures into consideration, the tournament will feature a completely shaded shooting line.
 
U.S., International Olympic Committees Sue Fraudulent Ticket Seller
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) filed separate lawsuits on Tuesday, July 22, against XL&H Ltd., also known as Xclusive Leisure and Hospitality, and other related companies whose websites used the Olympic trademarks to misrepresent themselves. Using the Olympic trademarks, the websites misleadingly claimed to offer legitimate, official tickets to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games and gave consumers the false impression that the sites were affiliated with the USOC, IOC, Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games and the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
 
The lawsuits were filed in the Northern District of California and the District of Arizona.
 
Anheuser-Busch Renews U.S. Olympic Team Sponsorship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Anheuser-Busch and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) have announced the American brewer’s renewed commitment to the athletes and organizers of the U.S. Olympic Team, extending its sponsorship through 2012. The company’s sponsorship of the USOC spans more than two decades and 13 Olympic Games.
 
USA Rugby Referee Development To Host Women’s Camp
PHILADELPHIA—USA Rugby’s Referee Development Department, in conjunction with the New York Referees Society, will hold a women’s referee development camp Sept. 5-7. The camp will coincide with the Pumpkinfest tournament. Instructors for the camp will include Richard Every, National Panel referee manager; Dana Teagarden, an international referee; Jem McDowall, National Panel referee coach; and others. 
 
USBC Expands Coaching Staff
GREENDALE, Wis.—The U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC) has announced that Teresa Ross, a USBC Silver coach and Junior Team USA assistant coach based in Manteca, Calif., will become a coaching specialist when the organization relocates its headquarters to Arlington, Texas, in the coming months. In her new role, Ross will focus on researching and developing coaching approaches especially for female bowlers and helping to improve their performance.
 
Ross was the 2006 USBC Development Coach of the Year. She and her husband, Rod, own Bowlers Connection at Manteca Bowl.