Governor’s Challenge honored as a 2018 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management

Earl Campbell

SALISBURY, MD – Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, has announced the 2018 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. This year’s winners are responsible for contributing more than $700 million to the national economy over the past year.

Among the winners was the Governor’s Challenge, produced by Wicomico County.

The Governor’s Challenge has grown to be the largest holiday basketball tournament in the country. In its 38th year, the Governor’s Challenge will bring nearly 120 teams from 14 states and Canada to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore and surrounding high schools on Dec. 26-29, 2018.

This year's format will include a DMVelite Showcase division, which includes 26 top teams, a varsity boys division, varsity girls division and girls showcase division.

The Governor’s Challenge generated an $2.8 million economic impact in 2017.

All winners of awards have been recognized in a special feature published in the November/December 2018 issue of Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on the winners listed below can also be found online along with a special feature on economic impact.

Read Now: Article on Winners

Read Now: Article on Economic Impact and Trends in Sports Tourism

About Wicomico County Sports Marketing: Wicomico County's professional sports marketing team is experienced in hosting national and regional events at championship facilities.

Located perfectly between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Wicomico County is an ideal place for tournaments and other sporting events. Wicomico County is not just a beautiful Mid-Atlantic location – it’s a convenient one – located less than a three-and-a-half-hour drive for 25% of the U.S. population and within two-and-a-half hours of Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

About Sports Destination Management: Sports Destination Management is written for the largest audience of sports event managers and tournament directors in the sports tourism market and maintains a focus on the important issues surrounding event location decisions and event management. With content from experts and thought leaders, SDM provides in-depth coverage of sports event planning and execution through incisive and relevant articles as well as insightful, real-world case studies showcasing best practices and successful event production.

In addition to the publication, SDM offers extensive digital resources through and the e-newsletter SDM Blitz, both providing decision support tools for organizers to ensure successful events at all levels of play.

About Due North Media: Due North Media, a division of Due North Consulting, Inc., is a niche business-to-business publisher providing media services to executives within specialized vertical markets impacting economic development including corporate site selection, business development, market-to-market events and sports tourism via publications, digital media, qualified list marketing and custom publishing.

Founded in 2001, Due North Consulting, Inc. has helped niche marketers obtain their goals for a decade and a half. The principals of the company have over 40 years of business-to-business advertising and marketing experience. It has been their mission to serve readers, clients and employees with integrity, humility and a continuing quest for the achievement of excellence.

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