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Play Like a Champion Today 
Sports Leadership Conference

Join us June 15-16, 2023 at the University of Notre Dame 

2023 Conference Theme: Sport for All: Stronger Together

We are excited to gather again in June for the 2023 Play Like a Champion Today Sports Leadership Conference on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. This annual event brings together our national community to connect with each other, learn from a great group of speakers and be inspired

The Play Like a Champion Today Sports Leadership Conference is the premiere annual gathering of youth and high school athletic administrators, coaches and leaders from across North America. The conference celebrates the three pillars of connection, education and inspiration, with each year offering a unique opportunity to interact in kinship with like-minded sport leaders while learning core elements of the Play Like a Champion approach. The fantastic speakers and stimulating break-out groups are sure to inspire all! This year's theme will expand upon Play Like a Champion's recent involvement in the 2022 Vatican Summit: Sport for All, with attendees collaborating on strategies for building a brighter, healthier and more just youth sport culture where ALL children have the opportunity to participate and develop! Join us to learn from an exciting group of speakers and interact with an amazing network of leaders from our national community!

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"This conference was outstanding! I was a first time participant and loved the content. I can use it both at a professional and personal level."

Coming Soon: 2023 Conference Schedule!

*All times for Retreat and Conference are Eastern Daylight Time. Subject to change.

The 2023 Conference will once again feature a number of great opportunities to experience the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame and its state-of-the-art facilities. Attendees can look forward to our annual banquet dinner in the Downes Ballroom while overlooking the historic Notre Dame Football Stadium, as well as many other fun activities to be announced! While on campus, we invite you to explore the famous Golden Dome, take a photo of "Touchdown Jesus", visit the Snite Museum, light a candle at the grotto, take a jog around St. Joseph Lake or have a pint at the local Irish Pub. Guests will find many fun things to do outside the conference schedule!

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2023 Conference!

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Priscilla Loomis

  

Priscilla Frederick Loomis is a dynamic speaker, entrepreneur and Olympian, having recently retired after a Track & Field career that saw her compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics and become a two-time Pan Am Games medalist. Priscilla brings the "Olympic Mindset" to everyday life, working with high school and college student-athletes as well as professionals from the business world to help them find purpose, overcome obstacles, and become the best versions of themselves. A wellness advocate and purveyor of positive energy, she has more than 10 years experience as an athlete, speaker, content creator and coach. Through the Priscilla E. Frederick Foundation, she helps to assist single parent households with their children's education while offering relief and assistance to individuals, families and communities in need. You can learn more about Priscilla by clicking here.

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More 2023 Speakers Will Be Announced Soon!
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Pray with us at our Annual Pre-Conference Retreat!
The 2023 Retreat will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Our 9th annual pre-conference spiritual retreat will be held on Wednesday, June 14th beginning at 1:00 pm EDT. The retreat is an opportunity for athletic leaders to pause after a busy year, reflect on the graces they have encountered, and re-energize so that they can continue to pour themselves out to the athletes and staff entrusted to their care. The retreat will allow participants to experience the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame (weather permitting) while providing time for prayer, reflection and discussion. Those interested in participating may register as part of registration for the full Leadership Conference. We hope to see you there!

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Play Like a Champion is committed to assuring that all children have an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of youth sports in a safe and fun environment. Through our annual conference, coach and parent education, and initiatives like A Team for Every Child, this work is improving the lives of children in communities across the country. COVID-19 has created an even greater need for our partner communities and we can't do this alone. If you are unable to make the conference this year, please still consider a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more to support Play Like a Champion's mission. Click the link below to donate today! 

What are people saying about the Play Like a Champion Today Conference?

100% of participants attending our last in person conference said it met or exceeded their expectations.

 
“I love the feeling of family this conference leaves you with.”

 

“It’s always the people at the conference and the opportunity to engage in discussions with them about how they live out this mission within their own schools and leagues that is powerful. This is a phenomenal group committed to the well-being of our children and the mission of virtue driven sports. It’s your biggest asset as a program and this conference allows the group to get together in one place and interact.”

“Seeing the conference first-hand was great. Athletics today really needs your message! Great values and strong character can and should be the results of an athletic program, but they have to be at the forefront of the program. You are reinforcing those concepts to all of your participants and that will be a great help to all the kids playing in their programs!”

 

“ I met such wonderful people from all over the place. I gained great new ideas from them and different perspectives on life. Also, the conference was very well run and professional by a wonderful organization with such committed energetic people.

 

“This is a fantastic conference that exceeded my expectations. It was organized and professional. The speakers were very impactful and inspiring! All the content was relevant, informative and thought provoking. The conference created collaboration with seminar formats and close interaction with presenters and colleagues.”

 

“It is a summer ritual to attend the conference to be inspired and motivated to prepare for another year in coaching and education.”

"I loved the subject matter of this conference – it was both informative and inspirational. These are subjects most people are uncomfortable discussing and the conference presented it in a very positive and professional light."

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​The 2022 conference featured an outstanding group of speakers who are experts in coaching, community sports development and moral and spiritual leadership. Attendees had the opportunity to interact in breakout sessions that inspired a renewed vision for youth sports and challenged each of us to take action in our communities. Click the program link to view more information about the 2022 conference and view a schedule from last year's event here. Videos of select sessions from our virtual 2021 Conference can be found online via the links below:

Day 1 Conference Sessions (June 23, 2021)

Day 2 Conference Sessions (June 24, 2021)

"With the news of COVID-19 bombarding our news feeds on a daily basis, it was so refreshing to take a step back and focus on the big picture of sports, and where we want to go long term." 

~ 2020 Virtual Conference Attendee

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