Match-Making is a Competitive Sport

The success of attending a trade show is not measured on the number of brochures you hand out, it’s based on the number of connections made. When you go to sports-related trade shows and conferences, it really becomes a competitive sport vying for face time with key decision makers. That’s exactly why the Hamilton County Sport Authority invests in several conferences and trade shows every year.

“The conferences offer us a chance for match-making, to see if our facilities would be a good match for organizations looking for new venues,” said William Knox, director of sports development. “We’re fortunate to have so many great facilities throughout the county that we can promote and tout to club owners, event planners and national governing bodies, who attend the conferences.”

The Sports Authority participated in the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), Connect Sports Conference and SPORTS Events Conference and is scheduled to go to SportsLinks, Teams Conference and the Amateur Softball Association's conference.

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World’s No. 1 Tennis Doubles Come to Carmel 

Carmel’s Rajeev Ram is bringing his annual fund-raising event – EntouRAJ for Kids – to the Carmel Racquet Club on Nov. 23. Ram and one of his partners from the ATP World Tour, will face the No. 1 doubles team in the world, twins Bob and Mike Bryan.


The event is a partnership between Ram’s nonprofit organization – EntouRAJ for Kids - and the Hamilton County Community Tennis Association (HCCTA), to raise money for college scholarships given to Indiana high school seniors, who have worked hard on and off the court to achieve academic excellence. 


There are several ways to enjoy the action. Ram will lead a clinic, where participants will get a chance to hit with the pros and get advice about strokes and strategy. Join the Bryan brothers and Ram for lunch at the Meridian Hill Country Club, and of course, attend the main event, which begins at 6 p.m. Following the match, the pros will answer questions and give tennis tips. Autographed tennis memorabilia also will be auctioned off for the charity. Tickets are available online.  


Ram, 29, who began playing tennis when he was 4, is known for his stinging serve and aggressive net play. He and his family moved to Carmel in 1996, and was on the Carmel High School tennis team winning the state single’s title. He played one year at University of Illinois, where he led his team to an NCAA title, before turning pro in 2004.


The Bryan brothers, 35,  of Wesley Chapel, Fla. were born three minutes apart, and have been in sync ever since. They hold 91 doubles titles, 15 career golden slam titles and have a Davis Cup Record of 21-3. The duo have been ranked No. 1 in the world for eight years, holding the title consecutively since 2009.