Congress session: Super Bowl champion on developing character in kids

Congress session: Super Bowl champion on developing character in kids


Youth sports offers amazing opportunities for teaching life skills and developing character in kids that can lead to life-changing success.

But what’s the secret to making it happen?

Former Green Bay Packer linebacker and Super Bowl champion Brady Poppinga will present a fascinating session at this year’s NAYS Youth Sports Congress – Developing Character via Youth Sports – that will dig into the true objectives of youth sports.

Poppinga, author of The True Spirit of Competition, is also a father of four who’s heavily involved in youth sports and passionate about kids and ensuring that they’re having high-quality and productive experiences.

During his presentation he’ll discuss helping kids learn those key values like teamwork, working hard and facing – and embracing – those challenges that are a part of competing in sports. He’ll also provide a simple to implement, process-based strategy for creating teachable moments that make being a part of youth sports so valuable.

The session will take place on Friday, Nov. 10, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. It is one of nine sessions led by insightful and well-known speakers that will be held throughout the Congress, which runs from Nov. 8-11 in Orlando, Fla.

The Congress, the signature event of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), is a four-day comprehensive educational experience designed specifically for youth sports administrators. This training allows attendees to participate in the Congress, the Athletic Business Show, and maintain or earn their Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential.

The NAYS Congress kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 8, with a motivational keynote focused on professionalism for youth sports administrators. Plus, the winners of the Excellence in Youth Sports Award as well as the NAYS Volunteer Coach of the Year and the NAYS Youth Sports Parent of the Year will be recognized.

Congress attendees also have access to Athletic Business’ keynote address, Expo and welcome reception.

Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” will deliver the keynote address. Duhigg, a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter for the business section of The New York Times, will delve into the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies.

The Expo features more than 250 exhibitors, where you'll meet product experts displaying every component for any of your needs. NAYS sponsors have their own pavilion where you can meet great supporters of NAYS programs.

The always fun Athletic Business welcome reception will take place at Lafayette’s Restaurant and Bar. Known for great live music and tasty Southern-inspired dishes, Lafayette’s is the perfect place to connect with AB Show conference attendees, exhibitors and speakers, as well as those attending the Youth Sports Congress.

Reserve your spot now to be a part of this incredible event. Questions? Email or visit Youth Sports Congress.

Brady Poppinga Congress Character Teamwork Competition

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