March 15-17, 2019
*schedule subject to change

Friday, March 15 | Saturday, March 16 | Sunday, March 17 |

Friday, March 15

9:00am-10:30am: Welcome & Opening Session

10:45am-11:45am: Workshops 

  • Calvert Room: Next Wave Coach Academy: How to Recruit and Keep Women Coaches
    • Hannah Krieger, Executive Director, MENTOR Colorado
    • Kincaid Schmidt, Technical Director, Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club
  • Capitol Room: Ending Athlete Silence & Disbelief: How the U.S. Center for SafeSport is Fighting to Eliminate Abuse Within Sport
    • Dan Mills, Training & Technical Assistance Manager, U.S. Center for SafeSport
  • Congressional A: Strengthening Your Local Soccer Programs Through 4-H Clubs
    • Jill Connin, 4-H Program Coordinator & Community Nutrition Instructor, Michigan State University Extension
    • Charles Poliseno, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, University of Florida, IFAS Extension
    • Laura Valencia, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, University of Florida, IFAS Extension
  • Governor's Boardroom: Bringing Trauma-Informed Sports to Your Organization
    • Megan Bartlett, Founder, We Coach
    • Rebekah Roulier, COO, Doc Wayne
  • Hampton Ballroom: TOPSoccer: The Program for Young Athletes with Disabilities
    • Shawn Danhouser, Midwest Region TOPSoccer Committee Chair, US Youth Soccer
    • Ray Robinson, TOPSoccer Committee Chair, US Youth Soccer

12:00pm-12:45pm: Lunch & Plenary Session 
Lunch will be served and we will celebrate the winner of the 3rd Annual Urban Soccer Symposium Innovation Award.

1:00pm-2:30pm: Panel Series

2:45pm-3:45pm: Workshops

  • Calvert Room: Community Teamwork: How to Use the Principles of Collective Impact to Maximize Your Program’s Success
    • Kate Barrett, Senior Manager of Community Affairs, Campbell Soup Company
    • Justin Spencer-Linzie, Senior Director of Community Youth Programs, Greater Philadelphia YMCA 
  • Capitol Room: Parent Engagement: Best Practices to Improve Your Impact 
    • Lawrence Cann, Founder & CEO, Street Soccer USA 
    • Skye Eddy Bruce, Founder, Soccer Parenting Association 
  • Governor's Boardroom: Coaching Mental Health: Co-Designing a Training Program for Coaches to Support Athlete Mental Health
    • Stephen Hebard, Research Associate, Prevention Strategies, Inc.
    • Emily Kroshus, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Department of Pediatrics
  • Hampton Ballroom: Mind Your Own Business! Yoga and Mindfulness for Soccer Players
    • Erin Sonn, Yoga Instructor & Mindfulness Coach, eat.YOGA.drink

4:00pm-5:00pm: Workshops

  • Calvert Room: Boards of Directors: Minimizing Disfunction to Get Stuff Done
    • Ruth Nicholson, Founder & CEO, Nicholson Facilitation & Associates, LLC
  • Capitol Room: The Success of Reaching Out: Using Partnerships to Expand and Evaluate Your Youth Soccer Program  
    • Karissa Peyer, Assistant Professor, UT Chattanooga, Health & Human Performance Department
    • Julian Ramirez, Coaching Director, Operation Get Active, Chattanooga FC Foundation
    • Peter Woolcock, Director, Operation Get Active, Chattanooga FC Foundation
  • Governor's Boardroom: Challenging Harmful Gender Norms Through Fair Play
    • Tracy Evans, Founder & Executive Director, Kids Play International 
    • Sara Shanley, Special Projects Manager, Kids Play International 
  • Hampton Ballroom: Evolving Sport for Social Change: Transform the Pitch to Address Life Off the Pitch
    • Adam Burgess, Sustainability Strategist, Coaches Across Continents
    • Emily Kruger, Self-Directed Learning Coach, Coaches Across Continents

5:30pm-7:30pm: 7th Annual Poster & Networking Session 
Southern Hospitality: 1815 Adams Mill Road NW, Washington, D.C.
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, March 16

7:30am – 8:30am: Yoga Session 
Hampton Ballroom: Yoga and Mindfulness for Sports-Based Youth Development Practicioners
Join Erin Sonn, Yoga Instructor and Mindfulness Coach, for a moment of zen before the second day of the Symposium. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice a gentle vinyasa flow, and learn a few techniques to take back to their players.

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

10:30am-11:45am: Workshops

  • Calvert Room: Interrogating the Impact of Whiteness in Youth Development Work
    • Reed Swier, Project Associate, NYU Metro Center
  • Capitol Room: Nonprofit Business: How Working Alone is Wasting Your Organization's Time and Money
    • Jacque Davis, Women's Director, Beat the Streets New England
    • James Mangan, Executive Director, Beat the Streets Philadelphia
    • Jeffrey Marsh, Executive Director, Beat the Streets National
  • Governor's Boardroom: Empathy in Sports: There is No "I" in Team, but There is an "E" - Let's Use It!
    • Diana Cutaia, Founder, Coaching Peace Consulting, LLC
    • Suzanne Sillett, Director of Education & Quality, Coaching Corps
  • Hampton Ballroom: Creating the Conditions: Using the Whole-Part-Whole Method to Promote Development for Every Player
    • Kincaid Schmidt, Technical Director, Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club

11:45am-1:15pm: Lunch & Plenary Session
Lunch will be served and we will celebrate the winners of the 3rd Annual Urban Soccer Symposium Influence and Impact Awards.
Blue Room: Resource Revolution: How the Student Leaders of IntegrateNYC are Redesigning Sports Equity  
Sarah Zapiler, Executive Director, IntegrateNYC 
Student Leaders, IntegrateNYC
In the most diverse city in the world, schools remain separate and #stillnotequal. Through a presentation and a panel style Q&A, youth leaders from New York City will share how they are driving change in their communities to ensure that all students have equitable access to after-school athletic activities and associated funding. This session will explore the history of sports inequities in New York City, how students organized to address the unequal access to play, and their vision for the future.   

1:30pm-3:00pm: Panel Series

3:15pm-4:30pm: Workshops

  • Calvert Room: Invisible Barriers of Coaching Youth: Challenges of Coaching in Diverse Settings and How to Overcome Them
    • J.P. Capote, Assistant Director of Programs & Services, Institute for Sport & Social Justice
    • Keith Lee, Vice President, Institute for Sport & Social Justice
  • Capitol Room: Different Sports, Same Challenges: Growing a Sports-Based Youth Development Program
    • Danny Bernstein, Founder & Executive Director, Backyard Sports
    • Simon Cataldo, Co-Founder & President, Harlem Lacrosse
    • Kristen Komlosy, Executive Director, Girls on the Run D.C.
    • Jill Robbins, Special Projects, Soccer in the Streets
    • Shannon Schneeman, Executive Director, America SCORES New York
    • Rob Smith, Founder & Executive Director, Youth Sports Collaborative Network 
  • Hampton Boardroom: The Language of the Body: Teaching Movement to Kids Who Don't Speak the Language
    • Wendy LeBolt, Founder & CEO, Fit2Finish

Sunday, March 17

9:00am-9:45am: Featured Speakers
Blue Room: Stories From the Field: A Diverse Experience
Charlie Davies, Former U.S. Soccer Star, 2009 Confederation Cup Finalist
Maurice Edu, Former U.S. Soccer Star, 2007 MLS Rookie of the Year
This Q&A will feature former U.S. Women’s National Team Stars Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly. Abby will share her personal story and discuss what it took for her to score 184 goals in 256 international matches, becoming the leading all-time international scorer for men and women. Kristine will discuss the commitment it took to represent her country 352 times, a world record for both the women and men. Together they will recount their journey as members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, offer advice and insight for coaches, and share their thoughts on the future of soccer in the United States.

10:00am-11:15am: Workshops

  • Calvert Room: Partnerships with a Purpose: Connecting with Businesses to Advance Community Wellness
    • Anne Valik, Founder & Managing Partner, Commonality, Inc.
  • Capitol Room: 15 Seconds or Less: Getting the Most Out of Online Giving
    • David McGoy, Founder & President, ASSIST Development Consulting
  • Governor's Boardroom: Trauma-Informed Strategies: Healthy Competition
    • Mariana Folco, Assistant National Director of Training, Up2Us Sports
    • Erica Tibbetts, Lecturer, Smith College
  • Hampton Ballroom: Coaching Social-Emotional Skills: Grit in Action
    • Linda Schirmeister-Gess, Director of Development, Strive: How You Lead Matters

11:30am-12:45pm: Workshops

  • Calvert Room: Kicking it into High Gear: Communication Strategies that Help Your Athletes Get Into the Zone!
    • Amy Zolessi, National Conscious Discipline Instructor, Connecting A to Z with Conscious Discipline
  • Capitol Room: Social Science and Soccer: Using Research to Make, Measure, and Meet Youth Development Goals
    • Andrew Guest, Professor & Chair, University of Portland, Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Governor's Boardroom: Restorative Youth Sports: A New Direction on Conflict Resolution and Relationship Building
    • Michael Hemphill, Assistant Professor, UNC Greensboro, Department of Kinesiology
  • Hampton Ballroom: What to Do with the Little Ones: Coaching and Understanding K-2 Players
    • Anna-Lesa Calvert, Executive Director, Algonquin Sports for Kids
    • Teddy Rivera, Recruitment, Training, & Retention Specialist, Algonquin Sports for Kids

1:00pm-2:00pm: Featured Speakers & Closing

Blue Room: Stories From the Field: The 99ers
Danielle Fotopoulos,All-Time NCAA Division 1 Goal Scorer, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion
Briana Scurry, National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee, Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion


Our Partners

  • adidas

    adidas, the Foundation's Safe Places to Play - Mini-Pitch Partner, supports providing children in underserved communities with safe play spaces nationwide. adidas strives to be the globally leading and most popular sporting goods brand. Dedicated to innovation,  adidas embraces creativity and seeks to be socially responsible in all facets of its brand. For more information, please visit adidas.com.

  • All Sports Enterprises, Inc.

    All Sports Enterprises, Inc. is the U.S. Soccer Foundation's preferred artificial turf supplier and installer. Whether you are building a new, or renovating an existing facility, All Sports Enterprises, Inc. has the materials and professional installation crews to outfit your entire complex. With over 30 different manufacturers to choose from, All Sports Enterprises, Inc. will assist you in selecting the right products for the right application. Its intallation crews are experienced, certified, and will work with you and your staff to make sure your project is a complete success.

  • APT

    APT (Advanced Polymer Technology), the Foundation’s Partner for Acrylic Coating Products, is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces. APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches. For more information on APT, please visit www.sportsbyapt.com.

  • CHA

    CHA Sports, the Foundation's Supplier for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, provides community partners with expertise in soccer facility design. CHA Sport's full service approach allows the company to build world-class projects without breaking budgets. For more information, please visit chacompanies.com

  • Hunter

    Hunter Industries, the Foundation's National Partner for Irrigation Equipment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for turf, landscape and soccer fields.  Hunter Industries' focus is on landscape irrigation with a significant part of its business centering on the proper care and maintenance of sports turf. For more information, please visit hunterindustries.com. Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, lynda.wightman@hunterindustries.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Kwik Goal

    Kwik Goal, the Foundation’s Official Supplier for goals, seating, boundary equipment, training equipment and coaching accessories, will be supporting a variety of Foundation programs and initiatives including: Soccer for Success, National Training and the Safe Places to Play program. Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information, please visit Kwikgoal.com.


    MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative, is dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. MLS WORKS is committed to improving the communities where we live and play our games by executing national programs and legacy projects, charitable giving campaigns, and undertaking various initiatives in underserved communities.

  • Musco

    As a proud corporate partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Musco is dedicated to helping the major charitable arm of American soccer create new opportunities through high-quality sports lighting. Their Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology is engineered as a system with lighting, structural, and electrical components designed to work together for streamlined installation and long-term reliability. TLC for LED delivers superior field lighting while eliminating glare and spill from impacting surrounding neighborhoods. And Musco’s long-term warranty covering parts and labor means U.S. Soccer Foundation partners don’t have to handle any maintenance on their system, or pay for it, for 25 years. Visit https://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/ to learn more about the grant program and application process.

  • SCORE Sports

    SCORE Sports, the preferred provider of shin guards to the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, is a family-owned and operated business specializing in sports equipment, uniforms and apparel. SCORE is an industry leader and has been involved in the sports community for over 40 years. SCORE outfits athletes with high-quality uniforms that SCORE develops, designs and manufactures in the U.S. SCORE takes pride in working with various non-profit groups and causes to give back to athletes who may need some extra support to play the game they love. SCORE is environmentally cautious with the materials it uses for its products and does its part in minimizing our environmental footprint. SCORE proudly offers a wide variety of products to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all your soccer needs. For more information, please visit scoresports.com.

  • Soccer.com

    Soccer.com, the Foundation's National Partner for Soccer Equipment and Uniforms, was founded in 1984 to provide high quality soccer gear at reasonable prices through its nationally circulated catalog. Soccer.com embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit soccer.com.

  • Sport Court

    Sport Court®, the Foundation's Supplier for Futsal Surfaces, has been the industry leader in modular athletic flooring for over 30 years. With more than 50,000 installations worldwide, and the largest and most experienced network of authorized dealers, Sport Court® delivers innovative, durable, high-performance solutions for a variety of sports and activities. For more information, please visit sportcourt.com. Please contact Lauren Gillian at lgillian@sportcourt.com for any questions regarding Sport Court's corporate partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

  • Target

    Target announced a national partnership with Safe Spaces to Play in 2017, along with a million commitment to build 100 new soccer play spaces with the U.S. Soccer Foundation by 2020. This is the latest initiative in the Minneapolis-based retailer’s multi-dimensional approach to the sport of soccer, bringing the game to more kids and families across the country, and unlocking access and increasing involvement at all levels.

  • TGI Worldwide

    TGI Worldwide, the Foundation’s National Partner for Visual Branding (Signage, Event Décor, Pageantry, Sponsorship Activation), Perimeter Field Board Systems, Creative Services and Event Operations is proud to support a variety of initiatives and programs throughout the United States. Headquartered in the U.S., TGI is an internationally recognized sports marketing company delivering high profile Visual Branding, Live Event Management, LED, and cutting edge Digital Sports Applications to enrich the experience at major events and deliver commercial impact for sponsors and partners. The company has a 20-year history in providing its various solutions for many top-tier domestic and international events, organizations, teams and companies, with proven success and turn-key solutions across 1000+ events, 160+ cities and 50+ countries globally.

    For more information on our services, please visit https://www.worldwidetgi.com or contact Mike Squire at msquire@worldwidetgi.com / Phone: 312-371-5852.

  • World Soccer Shop

    Launched in 2001, World Soccer Shop is an online soccer retailer based in Birmingham, Alabama. It carries one of the world’s widest selections of officially-licensed products from the sport’s top brands and teams. World Soccer Shop is passionate about soccer and endeavors to spread the beautiful game around the world, especially to those in areas of need. For more information, please visit www.worldsoccershop.com.

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