Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series Staff
“The passion of the Play Like a Champion leadership team is powerful.” - Conference Participant (2016)
Clark is one of the nation's leading minds in moral education and developmental psychology. He is Play Like a Champion's primary researcher, and provides key thought leadership for the program. He has served on the Board of the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education, the Notre Dame Faculty Board on Athletics, and the Association for Moral Education. A graduate of Villanova University and Washington Theological Union, and Harvard University, Clark has taught at Notre Dame since 1982.
Kristin has served as the program director of the Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series since the program’s inception. She leads all partner relations, coordinates all educational programs, and spearheads the development of new curricula. Kristin has co-authored numerous articles and publications and presented Play Like a Champion workshops across the country. Kristin wrote a chapter in the just published: Catholic Perspectives: Youth Sport & Spirituality. Kristin earned undergraduate and master's degrees in theology and psychology from Notre Dame, where she was a varsity athlete on the cheerleading team.
Jim has served as Play Like a Champion's Director of Operations since 2016 following a 23-year career in finance with GE Capital. His educational background includes both an MBA and a Master of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the past 4 years, Jim has taken a lead in managing Play Like a Champion's A Team for Every Child initiative, by partnering with youth sports leaders in underserved communities to create collaborative sports associations which provide safe and supportive programming for all children. Play Like a Champion has established associations in Chicago and South Bend with plans to continue to expand across the country.
Peter joined the Play Like a Champion team in 2017 after having spent more than a decade in youth and college sports administration. He graduated from Benedictine College, where he studied business and theology before earning a master's degree in education from the University of Washington, with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletic leadership. After working in development and business operations in college athletics, Peter spent several years as the Executive Director for the CYO in Kansas City (KS). He brings with him a passion for sports and their unique ability to help children grow and develop in faith, character and skill.
Carrie is a licensed clinical and sport psychologist. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she was a hurdler and sprinter on the track team. She also obtained her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she has worked as part of the adjunct faculty. Carrie specializes in sport psychology, neuropsychological testing, and individual therapy, having also developed resources to raise awareness of mental health issues among athletes. She conducts Play Like a Champion Today workshops and presents nationally on the topic of Trauma-Sensitive and Responsive Coaching, Depression & Suicide, and Bullying & Hazing. Carrie is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She is currently the team psychologist for the Los Angeles Rams and is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry.
Kory Minor serves as a Los Angeles area Trainer for the Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series. Kory is a University of Notre Dame graduate, where he was a 4-year star defensive player and team captain for Lou Holtz’s Fighting Irish Football Team. Kory graduated with a Business degree in marketing and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1999 draft. Subsequently, he played four seasons as a linebacker and special teams standout for the Carolina Panthers. Kory is the Founder & CEO of Kory Minor Industries (KMI) which is a training and development company for individuals and organizations specializing in helping clients to Get Off the Sideline and Get Into the Game by fostering the concept of WINNING.
Grace joined the Play Like a Champion team in 2018 as the Project Manager of the A Team for Every Child initiative in Chicago. Grace establishes community relationships, conducts needs assessments, coordinates data collection and reporting and implements coach workshops for the North Lawndale Athletic and Recreation Association (NLARA) and is developing relationships to replicate the NLARA throughout Chicagoland. Grace is a Notre Dame graduate with BA in the Program of Liberal Studies/Pre-Health Studies.