Football great Herschel Walker speaking at Youth Sports Congress

Football great Herschel Walker speaking at Youth Sports Congress


Former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker will be one of the featured speakers at this year’s Youth Sports Congress, set for Nov. 7-10 in New Orleans.

Walker will headline the Youth Sports in America: A National Treasure session, one of many must-see sessions on tap. Joining him will be Holli Richmond, executive director of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition; and Clay Walker, executive director of the National Fitness Foundation.

Walker is a long-time fitness advocate and proponent of healthy sports participation for children. He played football, basketball and ran track in high school; won a Heisman Trophy and national championship at Georgia; had his No. 34 jersey retired and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame; compiled more than 13,000 rushing and receiving yards during his NFL career; and he competed in the bobsled during the 1992 Winter Olympics.

This year’s Congress kicks off with a motivational keynote by Judson Laipply titled Don’t Change – Evolve. Laipply has appeared on The Today Show, Ellen, Good Morning America and Oprah, among others. His dynamic session will help attendees understand the difference between managing change and leading evolution, as well as gain a new perspective toward struggling and appreciate the role it plays in growing and evolving. This session will also recognize the winners of the prestigious Excellence in Youth Sports Award as well as the NAYS Volunteer Coach of the Year and the NAYS Parent of the Year; and lead into a fun-filled networking reception.

Other sessions that will be presented by leading experts include: Effective Efficiency: Increase your efficiency without lowering your effectiveness; Inclusion: It's the right thing in youth sports; Pack your programs with people: How to draw more volunteers and participants; Recommendations for Communities: Update 2018; Common struggles in youth sports: Evaluating participants and securing officials; and Focus on QUALITY: A roundtable on youth sports.

This incredible training enables Certified Youth Sports Administrators to maintain their prestigious CYSA credential by earning continuing education; while others can take advantage to complete the Academy for Youth Sports Administrators to earn their CYSA designation.

Also included in the General Registration fee for those attendees who have yet to earn their CYSA credential is an opportunity to participate in the special Onsite Academy for Youth Sports Administrators, simultaneously scheduled so participants can attend both the Congress and Academy during their time in New Orleans.

CYSA candidates participate in the Academy, which provides a foundation of essential information, as well as resources and wonderful networking opportunities. After the event, CYSA candidates will be provided access to the Online Academy to complete the certification process.

Attendees also have access to two outstanding Athletic Business keynote addresses, the Expo and welcome reception. The first keynote will be presented by Randy Hetrick, who will share the 10 most important leadership lessons he learned as a Navy SEAL; and Ryan Holiday – a well-known columnist, author and motivational speaker – will share how to overcome frustrations and turn adversity into advantage during his keynote. 

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 feature live music and great food, and 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.

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