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Six Individuals to be Awarded Friends of NCS4 at 2023 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition

Fri, 06/09/2023 - 02:14pm | By: NCS⁴ Staff


2023 Friends of NCS Award Recipients

A total of six professionals will be recognized for their contributions to NCS⁴ during the 2023 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition on June 27-29 in San Antonio. The event is presented annually by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Friends of NCS⁴ Award recognizes professionals whose contributions have been invaluable to the advancement of the Center. The NCS⁴ staff and leadership nominate individuals who have been integral to the Center’s goals and activities during the past year.

“We are grateful to each of these recipients for the invaluable leadership and assistance they provide,” said Lauren Cranford, MPH, CHES, NCS⁴ Director of Operations. “They have each gone above and beyond in helping us to further the mission of NCS⁴.”

Individuals receiving the award include:

  • Matt Davidson, Associate Athletic Director, Event Management and Operations, University of Nebraska
  • Laura Dyer, Captain (Ret.) – Special Events Commander, University of Maryland
  • P. Hayslip, Director of Facility Security, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Mark Herrera, Director of Safety and Security, The International Association of Venue Managers
  • Jeff Stonebreaker, CSSP, Senior Vice President, Safety and Security, Major League Soccer
  • Jason Van’t Hof, Intelligence Analyst, National Football League

The awards will be presented at an annual Awards Luncheon that takes place on the second day of the conference. The luncheon is sponsored by Evolv Technology, which provides weapons detection systems for security screening.

Make plans to join us and register now. The deadline to register for the conference is June 8. For more information about the awards, visit the awards website.

About the 14th Annual Conference:

The National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition will be held June 27-29 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, TX. The conference will attract over 450 attendees and 70 exhibitors representing professional sports, intercollegiate athletics, interscholastic athletics, marathon and endurance events, sport and entertainment facilities, and those who provide safety and security products and services to the industry. For more information, visit the conference website.

About NCS4:

Established in 2006, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) is the nation's only academic center devoted to the study and practice of sports safety and security. The NCS is partially underwritten by grants from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The NCS mission focuses on three key pillars – Training and Education, Research, and Outreach. For more information about NCS, call 601.266.6183.