Connor Shane, SDL, is Director of National Events for USA Racquetball in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a 2020 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion for sports tourism.
How I got here: I grew up surrounded by Olympic sports and spent a lot of my time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as a gymnast. I worked events with USA Gymnastics, eventually moving to the US Olympic Paralympic Committee, then USA Fencing before I accepted the position of director of national events at USA Racquetball.
Greatest career accomplishments: I am also proud of the creation and program development for a Corporate Socially Responsible initiative at USA Racquetball to gather and donate equipment to an underserved or underfunded junior racquetball program beneficiary once per year.
Why I am a Game Changer: I sit on two Sports ETA Committees, work diligently with the Compete Sports Diversity Council and am currently working within the core resource group for the newly developed Sports ETA Young Professionals Network.
What I do outside of work: I have owned and operated my own investment company for over two years now. I have also built a personal partnership with The Gathering Place, a nonprofit in Denver that services women, children, and transgender individuals, by collecting and donating small and travel-sized hygiene items from friends and family who travel frequently. My biggest hobby is collecting international art during my travels. My favorite piece is an Egyptian papyrus scroll depicting The Funerary Scene that I picked up while I was in Cairo.
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