2019 Symposium Schedule

March 15-17, 2019

9:00am-10:30am: Welcome & Opening Session
Opening Remarks
Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation
Justin Bredeman, CEO, Soccer Shots Franchising

Blue Room: Connection and Reflection: Starting the Game Off Right
Diana Cutaia, Founder, Coaching Peace Consulting, LLC

To help break down all barriers for players, it is important to consistently self-assess organizational strengths and areas of growth to ensure that the space we are creating is welcoming for all youth. In this dynamic start to the weekend, attendees will engage in a self-assessment activity, and reflection, in order to identify their learning intentions for the weekend. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and learn from the diverse group of organizations in the room.

10:45am-11:45am: Workshops 

Calvert Room: Next Wave Coach Academy: How to Recruit and Retain Women Coaches

  • Hannah Krieger, Executive Director, MENTOR Colorado
  • Kincaid Schmidt, Technical Director: Zone 1, Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club

Capitol Room: Ending Athlete Silence and 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.

Blue Room: Calls For Coaches: Coaching Social and Emotional Skills in Youth Sports
Jennifer Brown Lerner, Assistant Director for Policy & Partnerships, Aspen Institute 
Anna-Lesa Calvert, Executive Director, Algonquin Sports for Kids
Simon Chandler, Executive Director, Segundo Barrio Futbol Club
JT Dorsey, Founder, JT Dorsey Foundation
Caroline Foscato, Co-Founder & President, South End Soccer

The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program and the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development have released Calls for Coaches, a new brief for coaches and administrators who want to support social and emotional skill development in their athletes. Written in consultation with researchers from the EASEL Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as experts in the fields of education, youth development, and coaching, Calls for Coaches provides best practices and resources for coaches in after-school and community-based sports leagues to teach their participants vital life skills. This panel presentation will provide attendees with the guidance they need to utilize this tool, and four program operators from diverse communities will share their perspectives on the brief and discuss how they envision it being adapted and used in their communities.

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

Calvert Room: Fair Play for All: How to Create and Sustain an Environment that Welcomes All Youth
Dania Cabello, Sports Curriculum Consultant, Futures Without Violence
Adrian Conoboy, Founder, We Can Kick It
Douglas Marques, Shine Program Coordinator, Super Soccer Stars
Dr. Sarah Tillery, Dean of Engineering & Industrial Technology, Portland Community College
Moderated by: Hannah Krieger, Executive Director, MENTOR Colorado

This panel will feature experts representing organizations from across the country that are ensuring soccer environments are designed with all children in mind. Panelists will share their unique perspectives, and their approach to removing potential barriers to entry. Attendees will learn best practices for creating safes spaces, and tools they can use to deliver inclusive sports-based youth development programming.

Congressional A: The Unity Cup Approach: Connecting Our Diverse Communities Through Soccer
Caroline Foscato, Co-Founder & President, South End Soccer
Bill Salvatore, Unity Cup Director, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Greta Teller, Director of Marketing, WeGotSoccer

Looking to showcase the power of soccer to bring together immigrant communities and grow soccer for all ages in your city? Join event leadership for a dynamic workshop on the successes, challenges, and learnings of the Unity Cup in Philadelphia and Boston. Attendees will leave inspired by the opportunity to unite their immigrant neighbors in an inclusive and meaningful way; and empowered to bring Unity Cup to their community.

Governor’s Boardroom: Youth Soccer Stakeholders: The Future of Grassroots Efforts 
Tom Condone, General Manager: South Region, US Youth Soccer
Mike Hoyer, National Executive Director, American Youth Soccer Organization 
Jen Woodie Winnagle, Commissioner, Elite Clubs National League 
Moderated by: Dave DeLeon, Chairman, Soccer Across America

The future of soccer in the United States holds tremendous potential. This panel of stakeholders in youth soccer will share their vision for the future, with a specific focus on grassroots initiatives. Panelists will discuss their efforts to collaborate to successfully build a unified path for youth soccer.

Hampton Ballroom: Reaching Her Potential: Inspiring and Supporting the Next Generation of Female Athletes
Sarah Axelson, Senior Director of Advocacy, Women’s Sports Foundation
Dr. Ramona Cox, Associate Athletic Director, Detroit PAL
Tawanna Jones Morrison, Executive Director, We.Reign, Inc.
Moderated by: Diana Cutaia, Founder, Coaching Peace Consulting, LLC

This panel will highlight unique efforts to create equality and access for women in sports, and different perspectives on how to expand participation opportunities for future generations. Panelists will discuss how intentional program design fosters inclusive environments where girls thrive, as well as the importance of girls seeing themselves reflected in their coaches and leaders. Attendees will walk away with new ideas on how to increase opportunities for girls to reach their potential through quality sports programming.

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 Dysfunction 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  
  • Marissa Guarneiri, Coaching & Events Coordinator, Operation Get Active, Chattanooga FC Foundation
  • 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, Corporate & Foundation Partnerships Manager, Coaches Across Continents
  • Emily Kruger, Self-Directed Learning Coach, Coaches Across Continents

5:00pm-6:15pm: Women in Sports Networking Reception
Blue Room Pre-Function Area

5:30pm-7:30pm: 7th Annual Poster & Networking Session 
Southern Hospitality: 1815 Adams Mill Road NW
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. 

7:30am–8:30am: Yoga Session (Optional)
Hampton Ballroom: Yoga and Mindfulness for Sports-Based Youth Development Practitioners
Erin Sonn, Yoga Instructor & Mindfulness Coach, eat.YOGA.drink

Join Erin Sonn, Yoga Instructor and Mindfulness Coach, for a moment of zen before the second day of the Symposium gets started. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice a gentle vinyasa flow, learning techniques that complement balance, stability and recovery of soccer players to prevent injury and enhance flexibility and performance.

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

Blue Room: Changing the Narrative of Masculinity: The Power of Accountability
Eldra Jackson, Co-Executive Director & Facilitator, Inside Circle

How can sports help young people learn how to express difficult emotions like sadness, abandonment, anger, and weakness? Eldra Jackson, experienced facilitator with Inside Circle, will share his journey with this process. Attendees will hear a powerful testimony that will highlight the unique role that sports can play in challenging dangerous ideas about masculinity, and how coaches can create a safe space for young people to express their emotions in an authentic way.

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, Girls Development 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: Zone 1, Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club

12:00pm-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  
Matthew Diaz, Executive High School Director, IntegrateNYC
Devaun Longley, Bronx Lead, IntegrateNYC
Sarah “Zaps” Zapiler, Executive Director, 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

Congressional A: Public-Private Partnerships in the Making: Using Soccer to Transform the Look and Feel of Neighborhoods
Lynne Kunins, President & CEO, FLIPANY
Bill Salvatore, Unity Cup Director, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Moderated by: Trish Brennan-Gac, JD, Director of State & Local Partners, American Institutes for Research

Soccer for Success program operators have increased access to health and wellness programming and safe places to play for youth through transformative public-private partnerships with cities, parks and recreation departments, and soccer organizations throughout the country. Representatives from various public-private partnerships, will discuss how they leverage soccer to create healthier, safer, and more vibrant communities. By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify candidates in their communities for public-private partnerships and learn how to best leverage these resources to meet local health and wellness goals.

Governor’s Boardroom: Growing the Game: How the Soccer Community is Collaborating to Increase Access
Camilo Beltran, Executive Director, Soccer Shots DC/MD/VA
Ashley Fosberg, Executive Director, RAVE Foundation, Seattle Sounders FC
Kevin McCarthy, Executive Director, Downtown United Soccer Club
Nicolas Rubio Carretero, International Projects Coordinator, Barça Foundation
Moderated by: Michael Vaughan-Cherubin, Director of National & Regional Partnerships, U.S. Soccer Foundation

To grow the game and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality programming, the soccer community is collaborating in unique ways. Panelists will share how they are partnering with community-based organizations to positively impact all youth in their communities, and to develop a more diverse player pool.

Hampton Ballroom: Impact Investors: What Motivates Individual Philanthropists to Give
Victoria Harker, Executive Vice President & CFO, TEGNA
Aranthan “AJ” Jones II, Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs Solutions, Burson Cohn & Wolfe
Moderated by: Darcy Levit, Senior Major Gifts Officer, U.S. Soccer Foundation

Individual philanthropists are solicited by a wide range of charities.  In this Q&A panel, attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions to experienced impact investors who will provide insight into what is important when designating sizable contributions. Learn directly from major donors about what motivates them to make major gift investments in the nonprofit organizations that they care about the most.

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, Executive Director, Backyard Sports Cares
  • Simon Cataldo, Co-Founder & President, Harlem Lacrosse
  • Elizabeth McGlynn, Executive Director, Girls on the Run Montgomery County
  • Jill Robbins, Former CEO, 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

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. Men’s National Team Stars Charlie Davies and Maurice Edu. Charlie will share his experience as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, and his inspiring story of overcoming adversity through the power of positive thinking. Maurice will share his experience being the first overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, and what it took to find success as an American soccer player overseas. Together, they will discuss the impact that the coaches they encountered had on their lives, their experience as teammates and roommates on the National Team, and their thoughts on the direction 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
Lorrie Fair, Three-Time NCAA National Champion, Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion
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

This Q&A will feature former U.S. Women’s National Team Stars Lorrie Fair, Danielle Fotopoulos, and Briana Scurry. Briana will share her personal story and experience as one of the first African American and openly LGBT professional women soccer players, as well as her illustrious career on the U.S. Women’s National Team. Danielle will discuss what it took to achieve legendary status at the University of Florida, claiming the NCAA Division I all-time leading goal scorer record, and earning a gold medal at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Lorrie will speak to being the youngest member of the 1999 U.S. Women’s World Cup team and how her experience propelled her future in utilizing sport for development. Together they will recount their journey as members of the U.S. Women’s National Team and offer advice and insight for coaches.