Ocean City Renews Mid-Atlantic Sports Alliance Agreement

OCEAN CITY- Resort officials this week approved a continuation of Ocean City’s agreement with Worcester and Wicomico Counties in establishing the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance (MAASA).

In 2014, Ocean City entered into an agreement with Wicomico County to establish MAASA, a cutting edge alliance that allows the two jurisdictions to pool their collective resources to attract major sporting events and tournaments to the Lower Shore region. In 2015, Worcester County agreed to join the alliance, which focuses on linking and leveraging the combined assets of the region to attract, retain and build sports events with a focus on amateur athletics.

Just two years in, the program has been wildly successful and used as a model for similar alliances across the country. One of the highlights of MAASA is the annual softball tournament each summer that attracts hundreds of teams and thousands of players to the region. The current agreement is set to expire next week on June 30. On Monday, the Mayor and Council voted to renew the memorandum of understanding to keep the program going. The town’s contribution to MAASA is $6,000 and the other jurisdictions contribute the same amount.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.