NAYS Congress session: Positioning yourself as a youth sports leader

NAYS Congress session: Positioning yourself as a youth sports leader


As a youth sports administrator have your efforts to forge partnerships resulted in failure and frustration? 

Or are you unsure how to even begin pursuing those partnerships that can bolster your program’s standing in the community and build awareness of the great work you’re doing to provide quality activities for kids?

If so, you’ll want to be in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 8-11 for the 16th annual NAYS Youth Sports Congress.

The session, Positioning Yourself as the Leader in Youth Sports – Creating Partnerships that Work, will feature some fascinating information that can be used to cultivate those valuable partnerships in your community.

Session attendees will learn the assets that leaders in youth sports must possess and analyze why partnerships are necessary, along with what type your organization really needs to flourish. Plus, there will be a review of the essential steps required to partner with your local police department and state attorney’s office to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate summer teen programs in your area.

The session will feature the insights of Tracey Lawrence-Thomas and Guillermo Chacon.

Lawrence-Thomas is the Reservation and Events Coordinator for the Detroit (Mich.) Parks and Recreation Department. Her many responsibilities include reservation of athletic fields, park/picnic rentals, special events, partner and volunteer administration, and training of staff in youth sports. Plus, she volunteers as a coach.

Chacon is the Recreation Leader for Sports with the City of Gainesville (Fla.). He has more than 25 years of experience in recreational programming. Prior to moving to Gainesville, he spent 12 years with the South Florida Sports League, and also has worked with Champion Sports, the YMCA and the City of Miami.

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.

NAYS 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.

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