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 Leadership Code

This session will unveil the balance between personal achievement and contributions to team success (leadership) and how they complement each other. This powerful combination will lead to a purposeful and fulfilling journey, in all that you do.

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.

Correlation Between Student-Athletes/Leaders & Law Enforcement

This session will discuss how being a leader and student-athlete directly correlates with professional careers specific in law enforcement. It will discuss how decision making in high school could have a direct affect with future employment.

Creating a Student Advisory Committee

Discussion on ways to successfully implement a Student Advisory Committee. Discussion will entail community service projects, school spirit incentives, and materials to grow members into better leaders!


Entering the World of NCAA Division I & II Eligibility

This session is designed to educate college-bound student-athletes about the necessary steps to participate in NCAA Divisions I and II athletics. An Eligibility Center representative will present the following information: current academic standards for NCAA Divisions I and II, steps to achieving initial eligibility certification, walk-through of the registration and certification processes, and available informational resources.

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.

Your Relationship With the Media

As a student-athlete, you are not only a leader for your team but a representative and image of your school and community. You have a responsibility to the IHSAA, your school, your coaches, and your teammates by cooperating with the media. Because of this fact, you need to always be aware of what you say and what you do. During high school athletics, you may be approached by different types of media: the school newspaper, local newspaper, local news station, radio, television, or magazine. Learn how to prepare yourself for interviews, specifically television interviews, to showcase your sport, school and community.

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.


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.

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!

How do I get an NCAA Division I Scholarship? Isn't That the Question?

You have played all your life, with your parents helping you prepare for that big day when you sign a National Letter of Intent, BUT how do you know if you are academically eligible to compete? What if college coaches are not contacting you? What are coaches looking for in highlight videos and should you use a recruiting service? Think of this important fact: only 2% of high school student-athletes will secure scholarships to NCAA schools. This session will focus on what coaches are looking for and how you can market yourself in recruiting highlight videos.

Why Dreams Are Reality… Anything You Can Hold, You Can Have

Any athlete’s journey begins and ends with themselves and the decisions they make. Regardless, the lessons learned in sports will literally carry us through the rest of our lives and careers. Learn how this speaker went from a small town with no track, to a full-ride Division 1 scholarship, university record holder, a chance to compete professionally, and building businesses with his teammates. All done by just changing the way he thought! It all started with altering himself and the way he dreamed, learned, and acted. The habits he’s broken and new ones he’s created have given him endless opportunities!

Building Champions

This session will share ways leadership has been learned by the speaker through his experiences in helping build championship teams. The speaker will share diagrams that are used with his own football team at Franklin College. He will hand out a copy of his playbook, which is distributed at the beginning of every season, in which he calls his “Champions Manual.”

Be an Effective Team Captain

Is being a team captain/team leader a position of honor or a position of responsibility?  Much is required of a team captain.  Be ready to lead when called upon.  We will discuss ways to be an effective captain and how to set the tone for your team.  We will also learn how to recognize leadership opportunities.


Coaches and Captains

So you’ve been chosen to be a team leader. What does that mean? What are your expectations of being a team leader and, maybe more importantly, what are the coach’s expectations for you? In this interactive and reflective session, we will discuss the presenter’s experiences as a team leader, as well as, what some coaches expect from their leaders. We will also discuss the qualities of an effective leader and how you can infuse those qualities into your leadership style.

Why Sports Matter

This session will discuss the importance of education-based athletics. It will detail the value that sports have on today’s society and the difference that a coach can make in transforming the lives of young adults.

College Representatives Panel

During this breakout session, participants will be able to visit and ask questions with several college representatives. College applications do not have to be scary!! Participants will learn what college admission offices are looking for during the process. Volunteer and serve in leadership roles now!!!  

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.

4 C’s of Captainship

A discussion on what it means to be an effective Team Captain, with a focus on four key characteristics that every leader should possess. Commitment, Confidence, Composure, Character.


What Does it Take to be a College Student-Athlete?

Former IHSAA Student Advisory Committee Members and IHSAA Student-Athletes will be on hand to talk about expectations, experiences, and time management strategies. Be prepared with questions of your own to ask the panel!

Unified Flag Football

Not sure what Unified Flag Football is all about? It’s an exciting and rewarding way for high schools to embrace inclusion and respect. Students with and without intellectual disabilities become teammates and friends while representing their high schools at state competitions. Learn how you can participate in the future of Unified Sports.

• Unified Flag Football – 2nd Annual State Tournament, Fall, sponsored by IHSAA


Unified Bocce & Bowling


Not sure what Unified Bocce & Bowling are all about? They are an exciting and rewarding way for high schools to embrace inclusion and respect. Students with and without intellectual disabilities become teammates and friends while representing their high schools at state competitions. Learn how you can participate in the future of Unified Sports.

• Unified Bocce – 4th Annual State Tournament, Fall, sponsored by Special Olympics Indiana

• Unified Bowling – 3rd Annual State Tournament, Winter, sponsored by Special Olympics Indiana



Champions Together Fundraising Through the Polar Plunge

Too cool for school?  In 2019, the Polar Plunge is coming to a location near you and a new FRIDAY format. This fundraising event has proven to be FUN and effective while supporting Special Olympics Indiana and earning a Unified Champion School BANNER for your school.  If you accept the challenge, you and your classmates will be Freezin’ for a Reason!


Champions Together Student-Led Workshop

Whether you are just beginning or wanting to take Champions Together to the next level, attend this intriguing and interactive session led by the members of the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee. Hear firsthand advice from student-athletes about how to organize an awareness night for the community, organize an inclusive clinic, and bring a “Respect Rally” featuring anti-bullying and an R-Word Campaign. The Student Advisory Committee Members will share insight on the impact Unified Sports® and Champions Together has had on their schools.


Walk on Life--Success and Failure--Being a Leader

We live in a time when it is hard to motivate student-athletes to be successful, to try, to overcome failure, get off the couch, and get involved.  As a student-athlete, how can you overcome failure, how can you be successful and how can you be a leader? Set the example and know you've done your best to help make your school and team better.  Motivation is getting someone to do something they don't want to do.  Through music videos and discussion, learn how to overcome many of the hurdles that you and your classmates/teammates may face. This session will also explore examples and experiences of men and women, who have overcome failure, been successful and come out on top.