Annual Leadership Conference


Every June, coaches and administrators from sports organizations across the United States and around the world come to Notre Dame for the Play Like a Champion Today National Sports Leadership Conference.

The 2016 Leadership Conference "Coaching Tomorrow's Leaders" will be held June 24-25, 2016 at the University of Notre Dame.  A pre-conference retreat on sport and spirituality will be held on Thursday, June 23rd. 

The conference offers professional development for coaches, athletic administrators, sport parents, and officials at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels, with a special emphasis on developing the whole person through sports. It is a great opportunity to network, share best practices, and hear what other like-minded coaches and administrators are doing to uplift youth and high school sports across America. 

Featured speakers (click here to see last year's list) include famous sport personalities, coaching experts, and Notre Dame coaches and faculty addressing the power of sport. The Leadership Conference also provides an in depth introduction to Play Like a Champion for those who want to apply the approach to their organization and for those who would like to become Certified Play Like a Champion Trainers. 


The weekend conference provides participants with:

  • Mastery of Play Like a Champion Today coaching philosophy and materials.
  • A comprehensive “game plan” for elevating the climate of youth sport in schools and organizations.
  • The knowledge and resources to lead Play Like a Champion Today Workshops for coaches and parents in schools and community settings.
  • Membership in a network of ethically minded sport leaders.
  • The conference includes meals and tours of some of  Notre Dame's premier athletic facilities. 
  • An optional spiritual retreat on before the conference.
  • For full conference details, please click here or click here for the general conference schedule.

Click here for presentations from Friday, June 26 and here for presentations from Saturday, June 27. Click here for a video of thanks from Play Like a Champion.                                              

This year's conference took place June 26-27, 2015. Next year's conference will be held on June 24-25, 2016 at Notre Dame.

The 2015 Conference Featured Presentations By:

  • Keynote Speaker Tommy Hawkins
    • Former Notre Dame and Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Player and Former Vice-President of and Voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Kirby Boychuck
    • Director, International Association of Athletic Administrators and Coaches
  • Nico Calabria
    • Member, National Amputee Soccer Team
  • Bo Hanson
    • Three-Time Olympic Medalist (Rowing) and Coaching Consultant
  • Tracy Spears
    • Former Member of the US National Softball Team, Leadership Consultant
  • Dr. Joseph Waeckerle
    • Emergency Physician and Sports Medicine Specialist 


      “The experience and knowledge of Play Like a Champion Today was in the highest category of my experiences. The setting at Notre Dame, the value system the school teaches and the faculty resources make this a truly outstanding experience and one in the category of ‘once in a lifetime.’ Thanks so much. It was awesome.” — Conference participant 



The conference is sponsored by Universal Property and Casualty Insurance Company.  Play Like a Champion Today is grateful for this support, as it enables us to further enhance the Leadership Conference and the services provided to the coaches and administrators we are serving.