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Erik L. Lachance and Milena M. Parent

Volunteers have been recognized as indispensable resources for the survival and success of sport events ( Bang & Chelladurai, 2009 ). To date, current research on volunteers in sport events has examined the volunteer experience in relation to constructs, which include, but is not limited to

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Leeann M. Lower-Hoppe, Liz A. Wanless, Sarah M. Aldridge and Daniel W. Jones

comprehensive experiential project—implemented in a sport event management undergraduate (face-to-face) course. The pedagogical strategies are described in relation to relevant scholarship and personal reflection, with successes, barriers, and implications for future practice discussed. Learning Theory

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Brent D. Oja, Henry T. Wear and Aaron W. Clopton

A myriad of scholars have explored the notion of sport events as community assets in both fiduciary economic terms (e.g., Li, Blake, & Thomas, 2013 ; Mills & Rosentraub, 2013 ) and intangible terms (e.g., Burgan & Mules, 1992 ; Chalip, 2006 ; Gibson, 1998 ; Ritchie, 1984 ). Specific examples

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Larry Dwyer and Liz Fredline

As noted in Part I of Special Sport Events which appeared in Volume 22, Issue 4 of the Journal of Sport Management, sport events are increasingly contributing to the economic and social development of cities, regions, and countries. The justification to host large-scale sport events is often done on the role these events play in building social capital, attracting tourists, foster trade relations, enhance the host destination’s brand, and serve as catalysts for the development and improvements of infrastructures. It is imperative to understand the unique challenges of managing and marketing special sport events. We believe that Part I of the special issue on special sport events and this collection of articles (Part II) address many of the challenges related to these sport events. In the following pages, we outline the articles featured in the second issue devoted to the topic of special sport events.

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Larry Dwyer and Liz Fredline

Cities, regions, and countries are making increasing use of special sport events in their economic and social development mix. Governments and event organizers often justify special sport events on the grounds that such events can build social capital, attract visitors, foster trade, enhance the host destination’s brand, and serve as catalysts for the development of new infrastructure. As a result of the proliferation of special sport events, there is an increasing need to determine the means via which events do (and do not) contribute to their stated social and economic development objectives. Consequently, it is vital to understand the unique challenges of managing and marketing special sport events.

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Michelle Hayes, Kevin Filo, Caroline Riot and Andrea Geurin

continue to scrutinize athletes’ time spent on social media during major sport events, with some suggesting that social media use could be affecting athlete performance and calling for social media bans during competitions ( Fynes-Clinton, 2012 ). Others have suggested that athletes replicate their daily

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Kevin Filo, David Fechner and Yuhei Inoue

The decision to make a donation to charity is a complex choice impacted by a variety of factors ( Dawson, 1988 ). This decision can be further complicated in the context of charity sport event (CSE) participants soliciting donations from their network of friends, family, and colleagues as part of

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Fei Gao, Bob Heere, Samuel Y. Todd and Brian Mihalik

negative finding, yet they later reported a decrease of ethnic identity, which, according to them, might have led to higher perceptions of unity ( Heere et al., 2016 ). Not only is the evaluation of social impact of mega sport events complicated, but also the exercise itself can perhaps be questioned, as

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Bob Heere, Henry Wear, Adam Jones, Tim Breitbarth, Xiaoyan Xing, Juan Luis Paramio Salcines, Masayuki Yoshida and Inge Derom

revitalize downtown areas ( Smith, 2011 ). Cities have also bid for large sport events to be hosted in their city in the hope of attracting tourists and spur economic development ( Fourie & Santago-Gallego, 2011 ; Green, Costa, & Fitzgerald, 2003 ; Jones, 2015 ; Smith, 2005 ). These sport events, ranging

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Richard J. Buning and Heather Gibson

Using the event-travel-career concept, this study examined the trajectory of active-sport-event travel careers through stages of development and the corresponding factors and dimensions perceived to influence career progression in the sport of cycling. In-depth semistructured interviews were conducted with 12 amateur cyclists engaged in lifestyles geared toward active event travel. A grounded theory approach revealed that active event travel careers evolve through a complex progression of 9 core themes and related subthemes. The core themes included the first event, starting out, motivation, temporal, travel style, destination criteria, event types, spatial, and later in life. On the basis of these findings, a 6-stage active-sport-event travel career model is proposed consisting of initiation, introduction, expansion, peak threshold, maintenance, and maturity. From this model, theoretical contributions, suggestions for future research, and practical implications for sport tourism and event management are discussed.