Nashville is ready to show off its southern hospitality at the 44th annual ISHA Conference

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and “Music City” are preparing for the delegates to experience the 44th annual ISHA conference.  Come early, stay late! With such a diverse lineup, Music City’s set list has something great for you and your family!

“The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is truly honored and excited to host the 2014 International Sports Heritage Association Conference,” said Executive Director Dr. Bill Emendorfer. “Nashville is one of the great cities to visit in the United States. Tennessee is a blend of great food, fabulous entertainment and true southern culture. This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to hear exclusive features from experts in a wide range of fields. The conference will set your stage for your success with the help from the many experts presenting at this year’s event.”

The opening session will begin on Monday, October 27, taking the delegates on a behind-the-scenes trip to 1220 Exhibits where a hands-on session in the art and craft of mount-making will take place. The visit will conclude with a catered barbecue lunch, courtesy of our host and Gold Medal Sponsor 1220 Exhibits. The Welcome Reception Monday evening will be held at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, located in the heart of downtown Nashville, with light hors d’ouevres and adult beverages.  This will give you a great opportunity to network with your colleagues, who are facing the same struggles, and challenges you are, and the vendors who are there to help solve them.

The Evening of Champions dinner will be held on Tuesday evening at Bridgestone Arena in the Patron Club Luxury Lounge with keynote speaker Hope Hines, author of In Hines’ Sight: The Ups, Downs and Rebounds of 40 Years in Sports Broadcasting
The final Wednesday session will hit home with all institutions — Where Have All the Women Gone? This session will be presented by Joan Cronan, Athletic Director Emeritus at the University of Tennessee. Cronan helped build and oversee one of the nations most respected and popular women’s programs, which grew to 10 sports and had a multi-million dollar budget. Dr. Amy Baker, Sport Management Associate Professor at Belmont University, will also present on Wednesday. Her topic focuses on the importance of the achievements made by women in sports and how Title IX played a huge role in creating opportunities in all areas of sports and those of us who honor these individuals.

The conference will conclude with the Farewell Lunch Wednesday afternoon. We have the pleasure of hosting Ralph Schultz, President & CEO of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Most importantly, Ralph was very instrumental in taking the Adventure Science Center from off the map to a main attraction in Nashville. He will explore this topic and more as we send you off with a book full of ideas.

October is the perfect time to visit Nashville.  The conference is in the heart of all things music with the County Music Hall of Fame and Honkey Tonk row offering you and your family a chance to see the next great country music star…and maybe a few of your favorites, too.

But Nashville is not just about the music.  While you are here, visit The Hermitage, presidential home of Andrew Jackson, which has more original furnishings than any other presidential home. Check out the winery at Belle Meade Plantation, take a stroll through Edwin and Percy Warner Park or cheer on the hometown teams, the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators.  If you are a foodie, Nashville has 8 restaurants that made Southern Living’s list of 100 Places to Eat Now. And don’t forget the shopping. The nearby Opry Mills mall was named the “Top Shopping Destination in the Southern Region” by Groups Today Magazine and Nashville as a whole was voted #4 of the Best U.S. Cities for Shopping by readers of USA Today and 10Best.

So come to set your stage for success with your Hall, and enjoy all Nashville has to offer!!!

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