Road Trip Leads the Way
As we continue to celebrate 20 years of serving the people who organize and manage sporting events, SportsTravel is proud to announce a return to Colorado Springs for the fourth annual SportsTravel Road Trip. Sponsored by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the SportsTravel Road Trip will be held May 16–17 at the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s headquarters.
Designed for sports organization CEOs and event directors, the SportsTravel Road Trip will begin with an afternoon of educational programming on Tuesday, May 16. The fast-paced, custom-curated education will include a facilitated peer-to-peer exchange and conclude with an informal networking reception.
During the May 16 program, Jim Knowlton, Air Force Academy director of athletics, will present a session on leadership and character-building. In his position at the Academy, Knowlton oversees 27 intercollegiate varsity sports, the Physical Education Program, Intramural and Club Programs and all physical testing. Prior to joining the Air Force Academy in March 2015, Knowlton served as the director of athletics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. During his tenure, he was responsible for overseeing the institute’s 12 men’s and 11 women’s NCAA intercollegiate varsity teams and three junior varsity squads, involving more than 600 student-athletes, as well as intramural sports. He helped develop the strategic vision for the athletic department, implemented a new athletics branding initiative and facilitated renovations to the Houston Field House and the construction of the $102 million first phase of Rensselaer’s East Campus Athletic Village.
After 10 years of organizational leadership positions in the U.S. Army, Knowlton received a master’s degree in civil engineering from Cornell University. He returned to West Point, where he received his bachelor’s degree, to teach in the civil and mechanical engineering department and eventually led a battalion of 750 men and women while stationed in Ft. Carson, Colorado, before being deployed to Iraq.
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The SportsTravel Road Trip is a by invitation only event. To request your invitation, please call (877) 577-3700.