2017 Symposium Schedule

April 28-30, 2017
*schedule subject to change

Friday, April 28 | Saturday, April 29 | Sunday, April 30Bridging the Gap

Friday, April 28

9:00am-10:15am: Welcome & Featured Speaker

Metropolitan Ballroom: A Talk with Our Women’s National Team Head Coach
Jill Ellis, U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach, 2015 FIFA Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year 

After becoming Head Coach of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in 2014, Jill Ellis led the U.S. to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship, where the U.S. won gold for the first time since 1999.  In 2015, Jill was named the FIFA Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer and CONCACAF Female Coach of the Year. Before becoming the USWNT Head Coach, Jill served as the Development Director of U.S. Soccer, where she oversaw the development of the U.S. Women’s Soccer youth teams. During her long career, Jill served U.S. Soccer in many other capacities including, as Assistant Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Before joining U.S. Soccer, Jill was a celebrated NCAA coach for UCLA and the University of Illinois. During her 12 years with UCLA, Jill led the Bruins to eight consecutive NCAA Final Fours and in 2000, won the NSCAA National Coach of the Year.  

10:30am-11:30am: Workshops 

  • Gallery 6: Leveraging Impact: How Cross-Sector Partnerships Support Community Wellness Goals
    • Katherine Wajrowski, Partnerships & Citywide Initiatives Manager, Girls in the Game
    • Jess Larson, Development Coordinator, Girls in the Game
  • Gallery 7: ReSurfaced Soccer: Creating a Community Field from a Parking Lot
    • Daniel Sanders, Chief Information Officer, REACH of Louisville
    • Rebecca Hollenbach, Policy Analyst, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness
    • Patrick Smith, Coordinator of Community Partnership Assessment, University of Louisville Office of Community Engagement
  • Gallery 8: Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices for Social and Emotional Learning
    • Kiley Bednar, SEL Specialist, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
  • West End: Learning in Fitness and Education Through Sports: LiFEsports at The Ohio State University
    • Luke O’Quinn, Program Coordinator, OSU LiFEsports
    • Dawn Anderson-Butcher, Executive Director of Teaching/Learning & Research, OSU LiFEsports

11:30am-12:45pm: Lunch & Plenary Session

Metropolitan Ballroom: Award Ceremony
Lunch will be served and we will celebrate the winner of the inaugural Urban Soccer Symposium Impact Award.

1:00pm-2:00pm: Workshops

  • Gallery 6: Recruiting, Retaining, and Motivating Your Volunteers
    • Allison Reznick, Principal, Advanced Interactions, LLC
  • Gallery 7: Building a National and International Movement Through Grassroots Efforts
    • Jeffrey Marsh, Chapter Coordinator, Beat the Streets National
    • Yero Washington, Executive Director, Beat the Streets – Los Angeles
  • Gallery 8: Beyond the Field of Play: University of Tennessee’s Approach to Using Sport to Teach Life Skills
    • Carolyn Spellings, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, Center for Sport, Peace, & Society – University of Tennessee
    • Sarah Hillyer, Director, Center for Sport, Peace, & Society – University of Tennessee
  • West End: Real Madrid Foundation’s Sport for Development Model 
    • Silvia Montes-Jovellar, America Area Manager, Real Madrid Foundation
    • Justin Wilt, Executive Director, Arlington Soccer Association
    • Luis Gendive, Auxiliary Programs Director, Arlington Soccer Association
    • Carol Sabatino, Community School Coordinator, Carlin Springs Elementary School

2:15pm-3:15pm: Workshops

  • Gallery 6: Changing the Game Through School-Based Sports Programming
    • Rafael Acosta, Regional Director, LAUSD – Beyond the Bell
    • Carlos Martinez, Field Coordinator, LAUSD – Beyond the Bell
    • Howard Serpas, Program Coordinator, LAUSD – Beyond the Bell
  • Gallery 7: Coaching Healthy Habits: Simple Ways to Encourage Healthy Habits in Your Soccer Programs
    • Daniel Schultz, Registered Dietitian, Healthy Kids Out of School, Tufts University
  • Gallery 8: Building Quality Coaches: How Positive Relationships Foster Youth Development
    • Al Petitpas, Professor of Psychology, Springfield College
  • West End: Reaching Generation Z: Skills a Modern Soccer Coach Must Have
    • Paul Shaw, Coaching Education Director, Virginia Youth Soccer Association

3:30pm-4:30pm: Workshops

  • Gallery 6: Process Evaluation: How Implementation Data Can Help Improve Your Program
    • Lauren Kinderknecht, Director of Monitoring & Evaluation, Up2Us Sports
    • Casey Stewart, Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Up2Us Sports 
  • Gallery 7: Solutions That Work: Soccer as a Tool for Gang Violence Intervention
    • Penelope Griffith, Executive Director, Collaborative Solutions for Communities
  • Gallery 8: Navigating the Non-Linear Path to College Access: How South Bronx United Partners with Immigrant Youth and Families
    • Brendan Davis, Legal Services Counselor, South Bronx United
    • Bridget Mahon, Youth Development Counselor, South Bronx United
  • West End: Ambitious Coaching: An Integrated Approach to Positive Youth Development and Soccer Success
    • Julie McCleery, Research Associate, University of Washington Center for Leadership in Athletics

5:00pm-7:00pm: Poster & Networking Session

Buffalo Billiards– 1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Appetizers will be served and attendees will have an opportunity to network, share best practices, and learn about exciting advances in the field of sports-based youth development.

Saturday, April 29th

9:00am-10:15am: Featured Speakers

Metropolitan Ballroom: Overcoming the Odds: Two Athletes’ Stories of Resilience and Determination
Shannon Boxx, Former U.S. Soccer Star, Olympic & FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion
Jay DeMerit, Former U.S. Soccer Star, Former Captain of Premier League Club Watford

This Q&A panel will feature former U.S. Women’s National Team Star Shannon Boxx, and former U.S. Men’s National Team Star Jay DeMerit.  Shannon will share her experience as a twelve-year member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, winning three consecutive Olympic gold medals and competing in four FIFA Women’s World Cups, all while battling the autoimmune disease Lupus. Jay will share his journey from playing in Sunday park leagues and lower division London clubs, to captaining an English Premier League team and starting at the 2010 World Cup.  Attendees will hear how Shannon and Jay channeled their inner resilience and GRIT to overcome every obstacle that they faced, ultimately achieving their goal of representing the United States on the world’s greatest sports stage.

10:30am-11:45am: Workshops

  • Gallery 6: Science of Soccer: Getting Kids to Apply Math and Science Through Hands-On Learning
    • Ricardo Valerdi, Associate Professor of Systems & Industrial Engineering, University of Arizona
    • Daren Heaton, Vice President, Science of Sport
  • Gallery 7: Using Soccer to Make Connections That Transform Lives
    • Ed Garza, President, Urban Soccer Leadership Academy 
  • Gallery 8: Orlando City: The Nexus Between Sustainability and Soccer to Enhance Quality of Life
    • Chris Castro, Sustainability Director, City of Orlando 
    • Kaia Forgét, Director of Community Development, Orlando City Soccer Club 
  • West End: The World’s First Soccer Field in a Train Station
    • Phil Hill, Executive Director, Soccer in the Streets

11:45am-1:15pm: Lunch & Plenary Session

Metropolitan Ballroom: Award Ceremony & Collective Impact: The Youth Development Game Changer
Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend, President & CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network
Following the celebration of the winner of the inaugural Urban Soccer Symposium Innovation Award, Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend will provide insight and best practices for successful Collective Impact efforts. Chekemma is the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network, an organization that has been working with underserved communities in the Philadelphia area for nearly two decades to create coordinated systems which promote the attainment of academic achievement, economic opportunity, and personal success. In 2016, Chekemma was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change. Prior to her work at PYN, Chekemma served at the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation as the Senior Director of the Emerging Workforce. Chekemma holds her B.A. in Psychology and Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

1:30pm-2:45pm: Workshops

  • Gallery 6: Making Sense of Logic Models 
    • Julie Younes, Director of Monitoring & Evaluation, PeacePlayers International
  • Gallery 7: Using Sports to Promote Inclusion and Equality for Youth with Disabilities
    • Lisa Borges, Executive Director, Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
    • Mark Spolidoro, Camp Director, Camp Shriver – UMass Boston
  • Gallery 8: Changing Minds: The Campaign to End Childhood Trauma
    • Brian O’Connor, Director of Public Education Campaigns & Programs, Futures Without Violence
  • West End: How the RAVE Foundation Uses Soccer to Leverage Collective Impact
    • Maya Mendoza, General Counsel, Seattle Sounders FC, Founding Board Member, RAVE Foundation
    • Ashley Fosberg, Executive Director, RAVE Foundation

3:00pm-4:15pm: Workshops

  • Gallery 6: Donor Motivation: A Look at What Inspires Philanthropic Investments
    • Darcy Levit, Senior Major Gifts Officer, U.S. Soccer Foundation
    • Kyra Tiranna Barry, Board Chair, Beat the Streets – NYC
    • Noah Eisner, Start-Up Advisor
    • AJ Jones, Chief Policy & Communications Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Gallery 7: Creative Placemaking: How Soccer Can Improve Public Safety
    • Nick Lusson, Soccer Technical Director, Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Activities League
  • Gallery 8: Building Skills to Improve Race Relations and Drive Social Change
    • Kim Miller, Vice President, Leadership & Education Programs, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality
    • Andrew Mac Intosh, National Director, Leadership & Education Programs, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality
  • West End: Unlocking the Game Within Each Child: US Youth Module Coaching Course
    • Sam Snow, Technical Director, US Youth Soccer

*There is mandatory pre-course work for attendees.  If you are interested in the Youth Module Coaching Course, please complete the following steps:

1. Click this link and create a log-in.
2. Once logged-in, click the “Course Search” button.
3. Toward the bottom of the page under the “Available Courses” section, select “6U-8U Youth Module.” 
4. Follow the steps to register for the event. This is also where you will find the pre-course work that must be completed prior to the Symposium. 

4:30pm-5:45pm: Workshops

  • Gallery 6: Winning in Washington: Using Unexpected Messages to Drive Policy Investments for Youth
    • Andrea Cernich, National Director, Champions for America’s Future
    • Sandra Bishop-Josef, Research Director, Council for a Strong America
    • Patricia Arty, Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships, U.S. Soccer Foundation
  • Gallery 7: Collaboration: The Key to Sustainable Community Development
    • Kendra Kerr, Community Investment Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Foundation
    • Justin Bobb, Director of Sports Programming, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Foundation
  • Gallery 8: Positive Discipline: How to Work with Kids and Not Be Mean
    • Belinda Passafaro, Vice President, Development Without Limits
  • West End: Unlocking the Game Within Each Child: US Youth Module Coaching Course (Continued)
    • Sam Snow, Technical Director, US Youth Soccer

*There is mandatory pre-course work for attendees.  If you are interested in the Youth Module Coaching Course, please complete the following steps:

1. Click this link and create a log-in.
2. Once logged-in, click the “Course Search” button.
3. Toward the bottom of the page under the “Available Courses” section, select “6U-8U Youth Module.” 
4. Follow the steps to register for the event. This is also where you will find the pre-course work that must be completed prior to the Symposium. 

Sunday, April 30

9:00am-9:45am: Featured Speaker

Metropolitan Ballroom: Compassion: One Prosecutor’s Vision for a Reformed Criminal Justice System
Adam Foss, Juvenile Justice Reform Advocate

Adam is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, MA and a fierce advocate for juvenile justice reform. In his role as an ADA, he has quickly become one of the country’s leading voices for compassion in criminal justice. Adam is the Co-Founder and President of Prosecutor Integrity (PI). PI is rooted in the belief that prosecutors are the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system, with the unique ability to protect crime victims, improve community and public safety, and to bring about transformative change in an effort to end mass incarceration.

10:00am-11:15am: Workshops

  • Gallery 6: Funding Your Organization Through Relationships
    • Rob Kusel, Managing Director of Consulting Services, Cogeo, Inc.
    • Ben Kessler, Manager of Business Development, Cogeo, Inc.
    • Gabby Roe, Director of Business Development, Cogeo, Inc.
  • Gallery 7: Uniting Sport and Therapy: A Powerful Intervention for At-Risk Youth
    • Rebekah Roulier, Chief Operating Officer, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.
    • David Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc. 
  • Gallery 8: Creating an Environment of Inclusion: Best Practices and Policies for LGBTQ Youth 
    • Eric Lueshen, Co-Founder & Managing Director, LGBT SportSafe
  • West End: S.C.O.R.E.: How to Train Soccer Based Youth Development Coaches
    • Katy Hribar, Program Development Specialist, Soccer Shots
    • Steve Fowler, Director of Training & First Year Support, Soccer Shots

11:30am-12:45pm: Workshops

  • Gallery 6: Getting Girls into the Game: How to Recruit Female Athletes and Understand Relevant Gender Equity Laws in Your Program
    • Kim Turner, Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, Fair Play for Girls in Sports
    • Anna-Lesa Calvert, Executive Director, Algonquin Sports for Kids, Inc.
  • Gallery 7: Safe Places to Play
    • Alex Bard, Grants & Compliance Officer, U.S. Soccer Foundation
    • Mike Shindler, Sales Manager, Musco Lighting
    • Lynda Wightman, Industry Relations Manager, Hunter Industries
    • Joel McCausland, Director of Product Management, Sport Court
    • Carl Capellas, Director of Soccer – East, AstroTurf
  • Gallery 8: The Positive Coaching Alliance: Triple-Impact Competitor
    • Kelly Kratz, Lead Trainer, Positive Coaching Alliance
  • West End: Breaking Barriers to Provide Urban Youth with the Competitive Soccer Experience They Deserve
    • Amir Lowery, Co-Founder, Open Goal Project
    • Simon Landau, Co-Founder, Open Goal Project
    • Sean Hinkle, Chief Program Officer, DC SCORES

12:45pm-2:00pm: Featured Speaker & Closing

Metropolitan Ballroom: Stories from the Field: The Rise of the Women’s National Team
Joy Fawcett, Former U.S. Soccer Star, Two-Time Olympic & FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion
Carin Jennings-Gabarra, Former U.S. Soccer Star, Olympic & FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion

This Q&A will feature former U.S. Women’s National Team Stars, Joy Fawcett and Carin Jenning-Gabarra. Joy will discuss the commitment and effort it took to play every minute of the 1995, 1999, and 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cups, as well as every minute of the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. Carin will share with us her insights and highlights from her 10-year career on the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1987 to 1996. During her time on the national team, Carin earned 117 caps and was awarded the Golden Ball Award as the best player at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Together they will recount their journey as founding members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, and the impact of soccer on their lives. They will also offer advice that they have for coaches while emphasizing the role attendees play in strengthening the future of U.S. Soccer.

Bridging the Gap Track 

Friday, April 28th, Gallery 1


Session 1: Developing Programs in Underserved Communities: Working with Your State Association
Tom Condone, Chairman, Soccer Across America – Region 3

This workshop will discuss how state associations can be an asset, and the cornerstone, in developing programs for underserved communities. Attendees will identify solution-based approaches in building community and creating healthy lifestyles by using soccer as a platform to execute these programs. The goal of the workshop is to identify ways to create a continuum of support that will foster an environment that is inclusive and not exclusive, and affects positive change in non-traditional soccer communities.


Session 2: Virginia Youth Soccer Association, Los Niños Life Skills Soccer Program
Marcelo Gangotena, Chairman, Soccer Across America
David Glass, President & Founder, First Touch Sports
Jay Howell, Executive Director, Richmond Strikers

The Los Niños Life Skills Soccer Program combines a character building curriculum with a recreation soccer league. Attendees will learn how First Touch Sports, Richmond Strikers, Chesterfield County Public Schools, and the Parks and Recreation Department partnered to overcome barriers such as lack of funding, low volunteerism, and lack of playing fields. Presenters will also discuss how this cross-sector partnership led to low cost, sustainable programming that has received local and national attention.


Session 3: Identifying Engines to Create Successful Community Partnership Platforms
Marc Maxey, Chairman, Soccer Across America – Region 2
David DeLeon, Chairman, Soccer Across America

This presentation will explore the evolution of urban soccer development from 2001-2017. Presenters will also focus on the current state of soccer to identify the engines that will help boost programming, and reveal strategies to connect and engage with them.  Finally, attendees will learn the concept of a “community partnership platform”, and how they can leverage this concept to improve their existing programming.


Session 4: Bridging the Gap in Your Community
Chris Castro, Sustainability Director, City of Orlando 

This final presentation in the Bridging the Gap Track will explore a new community building technique called ‘The Hive.’ The Hive is an interactive workshop that uses human-centered design to create new ideas and bring sustainability programs that work to enhance the quality of life in local communities. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about this technique, and will be provided with the tools they need to bring together key stakeholders and conduct Hive-style meetings to successfully Bridge the Gap in their local communities.