Play Like a Champion Today
National Sports Leadership Conference
Kinship Through Sports: GROWing a Community of Hope
Dear Play Like a Champion Community,
The health and safety of everyone in our Play Like a Champion community is our foremost concern. We are all experiencing the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as it continues to evolve, with travel restrictions, limitations on social gatherings, and recommendations for social distancing affecting our families and youth sports programs. Having carefully considered all these factors, we have decided to hold our annual Play Like a Champion Today Sports Leadership Conference virtually this June. We are all needed to respond to the children we serve now more than ever, and we will announce the full range of plans for this virtual gathering in the near future. Please keep the week of June 22 marked on your calendar and we will communicate plans once they are confirmed. Those who have already registered have been emailed regarding options for reimbursement.
Mark your calendar now for next year's conference to be held June 18-19, 2021. We will truly miss being together in-person this summer, but look forward to coming together virtually as a national community to support one another, to receive vital education, and to be inspired as we advance our work with youth in athletics.
Clark, Kristin, Jim, Peter and Grace
The Play Like a Champion Team
The Play Like a Champion Today Sports Leadership Conference is the premiere annual gathering of youth and high school athletic administrators and coaches from across North America. The conference celebrates the three pillars of connection, education and inspiration, which are reflected in our conference theme. Attendees of 2020's virtual conference will have a unique opportunity to interact in kinship, explore the core elements of the Play Like a Champion approach, and be inspired by some of the brightest minds in the industry. The conference will address challenges in light of the current COVID-19 crisis while encouraging participants to create opportunities for all children to participate in a developmentally-focused sports experience.
Featured speakers for the virtual conference will be announced in the near future. Speakers regularly include experts in coaching, community sports development and moral and spiritual leadership, as well as youth, high school and collegiate coaches and leaders addressing current topics in sport. Virtual attendees can look forward to interactive sessions that are informative and interactive, while challenging coaches and administrators to GROW in the ability to provide sports opportunities for young athletes.
Speakers for 2020's Virtual Conference Will Be Announced Soon!
“This conference was the best professional conference of my career.
It was a life changing experience. Through athletics, we have the power to change the world”
~ 2019 Conference Participant
Some attendees from the 2019 Conference pose for a photo following a friendly competition.
The Play Like a Champion Leadership Conference Provides Attendees with:
Mastery of Play Like a Champion Today coaching philosophy & materials.
A comprehensive “game plan” for elevating the moral climate of youth sport in schools and organizations.
The knowledge and resources to lead Play Like a Champion Today Workshops for coaches and parents in schools & community settings.
Membership in a national community of ethically-minded sports leaders.
A plan to reach out to vulnerable children through sports.
Meals and tours of some the University of Notre Dame's premier facilities.
What are people saying about the Play Like a Champion Today Sports Leadership Conference?
“Being able to meet with coaches from over 26 states gives you great perspective and lessons on how to run youth programs."
"A life altering experience for anyone involved in athletics."
"I was inspired by the research, professionalism and passions of the presenters. I feel spiritually and socially nourished thanks to our retreat, the wonderful liturgies, meaningful prayers service, fellowship and shared meals. Upon leaving, I am eager to do more for the young athletes entrusted to me and through athletic ministry."
~2020 Conference Participants
"We believe every child has a right to play. If someone has the right to play, coaches have a special duty. This conference, its attendees, panelists, speakers, partner presenters and coaches opened the door to so much great information. I've come home and researched all of the above people, bought books, read articles and picked up a movie. The conference hasn't stopped for me.”
~ 2017 Conference Participant
“Thank you so incredibly much for an insightful and informative conference at Play Like a Champion. It is an honor to attend every year, and I hope you and the staff know what an impact you each make in sports. I am grateful for all that I learn, and I look forward to continuing to attend every summer.” ~ 2018 Conference Participant
"I was very happy to have been part of it. There were so many excellent speakers and valuable information and community shared. I only wish I had known about it years sooner.” ~ 2018 Conference Participant