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The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) is proud to acknowledge local individuals who assist the GLCVB in securing meetings, conventions or other events for the Greater Lansing region. The name and theme of the special program is: Greater Lansing Community Champions; Hometown Meetings Make Good Cents!

There are lists galore on the best motivational or inspirational quotes from sports figures. Every fan knows cancer-stricken basketball coach Jim Valvano's stirring speech that included the battle cry "don't give up, don't ever give up." Some of the words of NFL great Vince Lombardi are among the most quotable ever to emerge from a leader in any position and coaches in all sports look at John Wooden's techniques. Those who have made their mark and been sports leaders in Greater Lansing, Michigan have offered these takes on their lives and its advice applicable for non-athletes as well.  

The Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) is a full-service sports commission. What that means is we are here, by your side, to help plan, promote and execute your sports tournament or event in Greater Lansing, Michigan. What specific help and or services do you provide? We're glad you asked.

Unless you're a total stand out athlete, when high school is over, your days of being a part of organized sports are pretty much over. Oh, you may do a little intramural sports in college, and at that time your friends are young enough where it’s pretty common to get together a pick-up basketball game or a little football that starts out as touch and becomes tackle right around the Friday after Thanksgiving. But, more and more, as you get older you do more watching sports and far less playing them yourself. Yes, you can get exercise by working out, but lifting weights or busting your butt on the stair master doesn’t give you the team camaraderie or the pure thrill that comes with making a goal, hitting a long three-point basket or blowing somebody up in dodge ball.

LANSING, Mich.—The Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) and the Capital City Crushers Women’s Disc Golf Club are pleased to announce that the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) has selected Greater Lansing, Michigan as a site for the 2018 PDGA United States Women’s Disc Golf Championships. Slated for September 20-23 the event will be held at Burchfield Park in Holt and will welcome 70-125 athletes from across the nation for three days of top competition.

With the highly successful Grand River Rumble a distant summer memory, NUWAY Wrestling, America's Premier Wrestling Association, is coming back to the Lansing Center for more good old-fashioned grappling. The Borderwars All-Star Christmas Duals (a youth wrestling tournament featuring hundreds of wrestlers from across the country) will bring the Lansing Center to a fever-pitch December 17th and 18th. Huge ballrooms in the Lansing Center are converted to dozens of mats where wrestlers of varying ages are first paired then pitched in battle.

What is Sports Tourism?

Sports event tourism refers to people who visit a city to participate in or watch sporting events. For some reference, the two sports events that attract the most tourists worldwide are the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. These events are held once every four years, in a different city in the world. That makes them an "itinerant sports event" - that is to say, a sporting event that is bid upon by various host cities, and the event moves around from host city to host city. Communities don’t need to wait around for something as massive as the Olympics to get into the sports tournament hosting game though - oh no. The entire country has an ever-growing passion for tournament sports, endurance races and athletic contests of every shape and size.

write up 2In case you've been hanging out under a rock for the last decade the Greater Lansing community, and the driving force for sports tourism in the area the Greater Lansing Sports Authority, are growing like crazy. Sports events (over 100 a year) and sports-related visitors (hundreds of thousands) are coming to the region every year to play the games they love. Road races, soccer tournaments, baseball, bowling, lacrosse, wrestling, gymnastics - the list goes on and on. Why is this happening? There are a few key reasons.