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Leadership Conference Success

Author: Gena Robinson

2016 Conference 277

The 11th annual Play Like a Champion Leadership Conference was held at the University of Notre Dame on June 24 and 25th. Coaches and athletics administrators from across the country came together for two jam-packed days of sessions on leadership, character development, the spirituality of sports, and sports psychology. On-campus participants were joined by several live-stream participants from as far away as Barcelona and London. The conference theme this year was Coaching Tomorrow's Leaders Today, and the conference was devoted to forming coaches as character educators for children of all ages, abilities, and socio-economic levels. Participants came to network with fellow coaches, learn from each other and renowned experts in the field, and strengthen their commitment to coaching for character. …

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Conference Speaker: Doctor Dinamarie Garcia-Banigan

Author: Gena Robinson


Doctor Dinamarie (Didi) Garcia-Banigan is a board-certified endocrinologist and certified health education specialist in Massachusetts.  As a  four-year member of the Notre Dame fencing team and two-time captain, Garcia-Banigan led her team to an NCAA National Championship in 1994 before pursuing her medical career. With a passion for International Medicine, Dr. Garcia-Banigan is a visiting specialist in Bermuda, and provides direct medical care and continuing medical education for chronic disease management, focusing on diabetes and obesity. …

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