Pre-Conference Retreat


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

The 2022 Retreat is Planned for Thursday, June 16, 2022

*Registration for the Retreat is available during full conference registration. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to attend the retreat, please contact us via email and we will be happy to arrange separate registration and payment.

Our 8th annual pre-conference spiritual retreat will be held on Thursday, June 16th. Prior to the start of this year's retreat, participants are invited to attend Daily Mass at 11:30 am EDT at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame, followed by a special tour of the Basilica for those interested. The retreat will begin at 1:15 pm EDT in the LaFortune Student Center on campus. This year's theme is Restoring and Refilling Our Cup, an opportunity for busy athletic leaders to pause after two challenging years, reflect on the graces they have encountered, and "refill" their cup 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 permittting) while providing time for prayer, reflection and discussion. 

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 Thursday prior to the Play Like a Champion Sports Leadership Conference, this retreat on sport and spirituality provides an opportunity for prayer, reflection and community-building around our shared mission of understanding sport as ministry. The retreat concludes with mass, dinner and planned social activities.


Attendees Engage in Discussion During 2018 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

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