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Annual Pre-Conference Retreat

Each year Play Like a Champion hosts a Pre-Conference spiritual retreat for those interested in attending.

*Registration for the Retreat is available during full conference registration. If you need to register separately, please email us!

Our 10th annual pre-conference spiritual retreat was held on the Wednesday prior to the 2024 Conference. Prior to the start of the retreat, participants were invited to attend Daily Mass at 11:30 am EDT at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. The retreat usually begins at 1:00 pm EDT. Each year's retreat provides an opportunity for busy athletic leaders to pause and reflect. The retreat will allow participants to experience the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame (weather permitting) while providing time for prayer, reflection, discussion and building kinship. 

What is the Pre-Conference Retreat?


Coaches and sport administrators pour their hearts and souls into their vocation to serve young athletes. The Play Like a Champion retreat offers us all a much needed opportunity to take time out for reflection and spiritual nourishment. Taking place annually on the afternoon prior to the Play Like a Champion Sports Leadership Conference, this retreat provides an opportunity for prayer, reflection and community-building around our shared mission of understanding sport as ministry. The retreat includes lunch and dinner as retreat attendees break bread together in kinship.


Attendees Engage in Discussion During 2022 Retreat

"I had an incredible time at both the retreat and the conference; it was one of the more meaningful times of my life! I truly feel that I will become a better teacher, coach, and person due to the people that I met and the messages that were given." 

- Joseph Hodge, Knoxville, TN

Registration for 2025 Coming Soon!
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