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Conference Sessions and Invited Speakers

Opening Remarks

Day 1: 

The  importance of parents respecting the authority and decisions of coaches and officials, to foster a culture of sportsmanship and fair play.

J.B. (Jo) Mirza, President, AAU 
Jim Tolley, President, USA Basketball

Day 2: 
How Parents can support prioritize the holistic development of young athletes, which includes not only their physical skills but also their academic, social, and emotional growth. 

Felicia Martin, Senior VP of Inclusion, Education and Community Engagement, NCAA

NIL, Agents, and the Transfer Portal

A discussion to assist parents in understanding the changes to Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) regulations, the role of sports agents, and their connection to the NCAA Transfer Portal..                                                   

Nick Posarello, CEO, Front Runner Sports
BJ Armstrong, Agent, Wasserman Sports Group, former NBA Player and 3x NBA Champion with the Chicago Bulls

Parent's Chat

Parents of current and former college and professional players share their insights to help other parents.  

Lucille O’Neal, Author, Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go, Mother of Shaquille O’Neal
Anne Nizzi Clark, Mother of Caitlin Clark
Linda Shanklin, President, Mothers of Professional Basketball Players, Mother of Andre Iguodala
Denise Wayne, President, Professional Football Players Mother's Association, Mother of Reggie Wayne

Parent's Networking Hour

Lunch Break. Parents are invited to Join us for an exclusive lunchtime session. This non-recorded gathering is the perfect opportunity for parents to exchange tips, share experiences, and gather valuable information from one another.

Facilitator: Simone Joye, CEO, S Joye & Associates LLC

Coaches and Parents Working Together

Discover effective strategies to foster positive communications between coaches, parents and referees outside of the locker room through a culture of good sportsmanship.

Bill Topp, President, National Association of Sports Officials
Gifty Kusi Appiah, Founder, BallerMoms Canada

Steve Curran, Assistant Basketball Coach (MBB), George Mason University
Cori Close, Head Basketball Coach (WBB), UCLA
Nick Buonocore, Reformed Sports Project

NIL and the Lawmakers

A discussion from lawmakers on the College Athletes Protection & Compensation Act. 


Honorable U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-CT
Honorable U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan
Honorable U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-NJ 

Beyond the Field: Navigating the Future Landscape of Youth Sports

From advancements in technology to changing parental roles and community engagement, we'll examine how these factors are influencing the landscape of youth sports.


Basketball: Candice Hayes, Director of Youth Basketball, NBA
Soccer: Dr. Sari Rose, Senior Manager, Grassroots
US Youth Soccer
Tennis: Elissa Hill,  Senior Director, Collegiate Tennis
Football: Billy Miller, National Program Head Coach, IMG Academy
Baseball: Corey Wright, Managing Director, Little League

Mental Wellness in Youth Sports

Breaking the mental health stigma and silence with essential insights and practical strategies for nurturing mental wellness and resilience in young athletes, ensuring their  development and long-term success in sports and life.

Martha-Lopez Anderson, Executive Director, Parent Heart Watch 
Regina Miller, Executive Director, Kevin Love Fund 

The Parent's Role in College Recruitment 

A discussion on how parents can effectively engage during the college recruitment process by understanding the expectations from both high school and college representatives.

Felisha Legette-Jack, Head Coach (WBB), University of Buffalo
Edward Grant, Head Coach (MBB), Boston College
Elliot Hopkins, Director of Sports, Sanctioning and Student Services, National Federation of State High School Associations

Dr. Christopher Parker, President & CEO, National Junior College Athletic Association 
Dan Hurley, Head Coach (MBB), University of Connecticut
William Payne, Director of Athletics, Atlantic Collegiate Academy

Player's Chat Lunch Hour: The Role of Mom and Dad Supporting Athletes 

Grab your lunch and join us for discussion with current and former student-athletes who share their insights on parental involvement in sports. 

Chad Venning, Boston College (basketball-men)
Leah Harmon, University of Miami (basketball-women)
Myles Parker, Tennessee Tech University (football)
Ismael Massoud, former basketball player Kansas State and Georgetown Men’s Basketball
Jemel Jones, South Suburban – NABC Two-Year College Player of the Year (2023-24)

NIL Money, Contracts and Your Student-Athlete

Delve into the realm of contracts, financial considerations, legal implications and working with Collectives. Learn how to safeguard your student-athlete's interests while maximizing their potential in the NIL marketplace, ensuring a secure and prosperous future both on and off the field.

Luke Fedlam, Esq., Porter Wright Morris & Arthur 
Orie Helaire, MBA, President, Epiphany Wealth Management LLC

Ashley Wechter, Director, Collegiate Partnerships, ADVANCE

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