From the Locker Room to the Real World

The research is clear! Over 50% of recent college graduates and 67% of employers stated that college graduates are not ready for the work place. Additionally, 97% of educators believe that colleges and universities do a great job of educating students, but a lousy job of preparing them for the real world. The problem is the absence of soft skills, not technical skills. Lack of leadership experience was at the core of the skills college graduates lack in their transition to the work place. This session will focus on the performance skills of successful leaders and what companies are looking for in college graduates, things you can start developing right now!

Social Media: Colleges are Watching You

Social media has become an integral part of the college recruiting process. Learn how you can maximize your profile in the eyes of college coaches, while at the same time limiting potential mistakes that could cost you thousands of dollars in scholarship money. Competition for college roster spots and scholarships are fierce!  Learn how to utilize social media to your advantage, while becoming the CEO of your brand.


Sportsmanship & Character in Athletic Experience Both on and off the Field of Competition

Today, in all athletic competition there is a need for character and sportsmanship.  Athletes should ask themselves, “how do I lead within my team the right way both on and off the field of competition?” The Champions of Character Program is used to change the culture of sports. Its mission is to provide training to instill the values that build character so students, coaches and parents know, do, and value the right thing on and off the field.  The Champions of Character Program helps student-athletes find the balance by keeping positive core values such as: character, unity, integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership - at the heart of the athletics experience.  We need to educate our student athletes on how values play out in both practice and competition.  Coaches need to learn how to intentionally define, model, shape and reinforce character building through their coaching and mentoring. Research shows that the longer a student spends in sports, their social reasoning - sacrificing for the good of the team - rises, while their moral reasoning skills - doing what is fair, just, honest, and noble – decline. The display of sportsmanship through athletics is also crucial to developing team unity and growing as a student athlete.

Goal and Brain (Mind) Mapping

What is Goal and Brain (Mind) Mapping? It is breaking down one’s goals into smaller parts or smaller steps that allows one to discover and align actions with desired goals. The concept of Goal and Brain (Mind) Mapping is not a new strategy! This session will focus on Goal and Brain (Mind) Mapping for high school, college, and career goals.  This session will layout steps to reach desired grade point average goals, college admission goals, desired career goals, and even financial goals.  


The Role of a Student-Athlete in a School Culture



Financial Empowerment

This session will provide students with a basic understanding of the importance of savings, budgeting, understanding credit, and planning for the future. Students will learn about credit, the difference between a credit and debit card, and why it is important to know your banker.  Learn how to save and spend on a budget.  Finally, understand the strategy of good credit and the pitfalls of bad credit, realizing that being able to budget is a good lesson that stays with you for life.  

Top-Button Organization

Becoming a high-character leader is a process that can be taught in logical progressions, similar to the way we learn how to play a sport.  In this session, character development of student-athletes is explained in several easy-to-remember steps.  Student-athletes can use these progressions to become better leaders and to take on added influence with their peers.

Great Leaders & Officials: Anything in Common?


Hazing: What It Is and Why it Doesn’t Work?

Hazing continues to plague athletic teams. Why? This session will look at what hazing is, what it isn’t, and most importantly why it doesn’t work. This session will also analyze some best practices on welcoming new teammates to the team. Identify when the initiation or on-boarding becomes hazing and detrimental to the program and to your new teammates.


Navigating the World of NCAA Division I & II Eligibility



Be a Leader in the Weight Room

Athletes who fuel their bodies properly will feel great, recover quickly, and perform optimally. This session will cover the sports nutrition concepts that every student-athlete should know: pre-workout fueling, hydration strategies, recovery essentials, and supplement selection. Talking and showing the way to lead by the most important way-BY EXAMPLE.

How to be an Effective Leader

This interactive presentation will look into different aspects of being a leader. Defining leadership, setting goals, identifying strengths and weakness, and dealing with adversity are some of the topics that will be discussed.  The goal of this presentation will be to provide students with tools to be better leaders, not only on their teams but in their lives beyond high school.

Good Sporting Behavior: Modeling the Best of Sport

Ways to maximize the sporting experience as a fan, competitor, and casual observer.  This session will utilize interactive activities which will simulate the contest atmosphere.

Don't be Afraid to Stand Out


The Energy Bus: Choosing Your Attitude



Great leaders & Officials: Anything in Common?

Oh yeah!!!  There are MANY things great leaders have in common with the great zebras, including: being in position to make the call, demeanor before the contest, leading by example, and remaining calm when things are unfavorable. The women and men in stripes must be leaders even if they are working alone!

The Energy Bus: Choosing Your Attitude


IHSAA Student Advisory Committee Information

ATTENTION: rising sophomores and juniors! Are you interested in serving on the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee (SAC)?? The Student Advisory Committee is a group of student-athletes, who work IHSAA State Championships, plan and organize the Student Leadership Conference, and meet with IHSAA Commissioners to represent and speak for Indiana’s 160,000 student-athletes. SAC members have the privilege of a front row seat to the actions that enable Indiana High School Athletics! In this panel, student-athletes will have the opportunity to speak and ask questions with current members of the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee.

"YOU Inc."



Transitioning from High School Leadership to College



Making Leadership Fun




Culture over Everything: Building a Championship Culture from the Ground Up



Lead Like YOU



Inspirational Leadership



Champions Together - Unified FUN