The NSCAA Convention is one of the largest soccer events in the United States, hosting close to 10,000 movers and shakers in the soccer community and over 300 soccer companies from across the nation. Members of the Foundation staff had the opportunity to host a panel discussion, do a little networking at the Convention – as well as play a few games of Quick Feet (you’ll see what I mean later).
Ed, our President & CEO, moderated a panel titled Collective Impact: Bringing Critical Elements Together to Grow Inner City Soccer, and included a few of our Soccer for Success partners to join in on the discussion.
The discussion started promptly at 9:00am, and by 10:00am I felt like we had only just begun to unwrap the knapsack that is urban soccer. From the challenges to the triumphs, down to how to fund urban programs, the panelists and the audience worked through the ways to get children in urban communities more involved in the game. As a non-morning person, I’ll admit that I was quite impressed with the audience’s level of enthusiasm at 9:00am! The discussion ended on a solid note and the positive energy in the room was palpable. I’m excited about the connections we made after the panel and hope that we continue to work with the great men and women who do wonderful work on the ground to use soccer as a tool for social change.
After the panel, Jim and I walked around to meet different companies and try out new soccer inventions. Here is where Quick Feet comes in – I placed third in the Convention!
This was my first NSCAA Convention and I hope it won’t be my last. Seeing all of the newest soccer gear and training equipment was really great, plus what beats walking around in sweats and sneakers all day?
Did you attend the NSCAA Convention this year? If so, how was it?