Mia Hamm to headline St. Louis Youth Sports Summit

Mia Hamm as team mom

Mia Hamm, widely regarded as the greatest women’s soccer player in history, will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 St. Louis Youth Sports Summit. The event will take place on Saturday, January 12 beginning at 8:30 a.m. inside the Maryville University Auditorium. Hamm will discuss overcoming  the challenges of competing as an elite-level athlete while showing respect for her teammates, coaches opponents, fans and the game she loves. As a mother of three, Hamm will also deliver a special message to the sports parent – how to temper expectations with healthy youth development and fun.

In addition to the keynote address, the Youth Sports Summit features two large group sessions and four breakout sessions. Our first large group topic is Coaching Leadership – a session where you will learn the importance of intentionally teaching character in sports and how to use teachable moments to develop character in your athletes. You can attend two of three breakout sessions available after the first large group. Sports Parenting is an engaging 30-minute presentation in which parents learn how to best support their student-athletes on and off the field of play. We are also proud to present a session on the signs and symptoms of concussions and other head injuries presented by Washington University Orthopedics.

Our third breakout session will feature a presentation on a growing issue – gambling in youth sports.  Law enforcement officials from the St. Louis area will inform youth sports coaches, parents and administrators about the consequences of betting on youth sports and how to protect our organizations and our kids. The Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Initiative contains several programs for youth sports leagues and organizations, but how do you go about implementing them? Our fourth and final breakout session is geared toward those interested in fully integrating Sportsmanship Initiative programs into their organizations.

The Sportsmanship Brigade, Sportsmanship Pledge, Team Players and our new partnership with Coaching Coaches, LLC will all be presented in an easy-to-follow manner that will allow sportsmanship to become a second language for everyone you serve. Our second large group session is called The Best of the Worst: Poor Sportsmanship’s Positive Lessons. We’ll review video of some less-than-desirable sportsmanship moments and discuss methods to prevent them from happening in your organization.

Remember, the St. Louis Youth Sports Summit will be held January 12, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. inside the Maryville University Auditorium. Admission is FREE and open to all parents, coaches and other adults who care about creating positive sports experiences for our kids. Of course, a free continental breakfast will be provided as well. To register, click here or call 314-345-5130. Now is the best time to make a positive change for your organization and your kids. Sign up to attend the St. Louis Youth Sports Summit Today! Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!



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