Convention Season = SFIA Council Meetings


It’s a new year, which can only mean one thing: convention season! Starting with the American Volleyball Coaches Association show in late December all the way to the PGA Merchandise show held at the end of January, SFIA staff is busy preparing, coalescing, and presenting to the association’s specific sport councils. With the exception of the holiday break, SFIA has a different council meeting every week starting right before Christmas in December and the whole of January.

The SFIA council meetings allow for members that have specific product or business within a sport to convene once a year and discuss the latest issues and challenges affecting the industry. The diversity of the meetings lends itself to the vast array of SFIA members. There are SFIA members who make product for a certain sport and therefore are members of a specific council, while other SFIA members have representative in all respective councils. Below is an overview of each of the SFIA Councils and when they met or are meeting in 2014:

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A Baseball’s Impact on 9/11


No one will ever forget where they were on this date 12 years ago. Most were commuting to work, if not already at work, or going to school. For me, I was attending English class when I had learned that the Twin Towers had been hit. Walking into the classroom, I could see the first tower on fire as the television had been kept on by the teacher. Instantly, I had thought that it was some sort of fake, almost like an action-movie special effect, but as I saw my classmates and teacher with their eyes transfixed on the screen, it immediately hit me that this was really happening. Growing up along the Jersey Shore, an hour away from NYC, I had been to Manhattan more times than I could count. It was a frequent visit, as my aunt has lived there for the last four decades and one of my sisters works in the city.

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Future Industry Leader Scholars Profile: Keenan Long


This summer, five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry were selected as the 2013 SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholarship recipients. All five of these recipients will be present at SFIA’s inaugural Industry Leaders Summit this coming September 25th-26th in Baltimore, MD.

Each of our scholarship recipients is incredibly talented and display an incredible amount of promise as they rise to the top of their field. In the next few weeks, SFIAinsider, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be posting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners, in order of participant’s response. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight before the event.

This week, meet Keenan Long, a former player on quite possibly the smartest baseball team around, gymnastics fan and R&D Engineer at Easton-Bell. Continue reading to see the full interview.

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