The Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference presented by Under Armour, is a two-day, invitation-only forum for youth basketball coaches, administrators, and other industry stakeholders to discuss topics shaping youth basketball at the grassroots level. The Jr. NBA is dedicated to fostering dialogue and sharing best practices that enhance the overall experience of players, coaches, and parents.
Schedule of Events (all times listed are CT):
|Friday, May 18|
|8:15am – 5:30 p.m.||Registration and Conference Meetings|
|The Sheraton Grand, Chicago|
|301 E North Water Street|
|6 – 8 p.m.||Post Conference Networking Event|
|Saturday, May 19||Quest Multisport|
|9:45 a.m -2:50 p.m.||2641 W Harrison St, Chicago|
Hotel and Lodging
|Sheraton Grand Chicago|
|301 East North Water Street|
|Chicago, IL 60611|
|Rate: $249 (+ taxes & fees)|
|Book By Phone: 1-888-627-7106|
|Booking Code: Jr. NBA 2018 or Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference|
|Book Online: Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference Room Booking|
Rooms are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.
|Friday, May 18||Sheraton Grand, Chicago|
|8:15 – 9:00 a.m.||Registration and Breakfast|
|9:00 – 9:15 a.m.||Welcome: Debbie Antonelli and Kathy Behrens|
|9:15 – 10:10 a.m.||General Session: The State of Youth Basketball|
|10:10 – 10:20 a.m.||Program of the Year Presentation|
|10:30 – 11:10 a.m.||Breakout Sessions|
|Leveraging Social Media: Communicating Effectively to Reach Your Goals|
|Marketing 101: How to Build a Successful Youth Organization Brand|
|Get Funded: Navigating the World of Sports Grants and Sponsorships|
|Driving Innovation: The Benefits of Embracing New Technologies|
|A Growing Industry: The Business of Youth Sports|
|11:20 – 12:05 p.m.||General Session: Collective Impact: Giving Back to the Game|
|12:05 – 12:10 p.m.||Coach of the Year Winner|
|12:10 – 1:05 p.m.||Lunch with the NBA|
|1:10 – 2:25 p.m.||True North Sports: DISC Assessment Workshop|
|2:35 – 3:50 p.m.||Learning Labs|
|Scaling Your Program: Developing a Business Model for Growth|
|Sustained Excellence: Hiring and Retaining Quality Coaches|
|Growing the Game: Engaging Girls|
|Organizational Culture: Unlocking the Playbook for Success|
|4:00 – 4:50 p.m.||General Session: Understanding Youth Athletes: Body and Mind|
|4:50 – 5:00 p.m.||Conference Wrap Up|
|5:30-5:40 p.m.||Buses depart for Network Event|
|6:00 – 8:00 p.m.||Post-Conference Networking Event: Fremont|
|Saturday, May 19||Quest Multisport|
|9:45 – 10:30 a.m.||Breakfast|
|10:30 – 10:40 a.m.||Welcome: Fran Fraschilla|
|10:40 – 11:30 a.m.||General Session: Saturday Conversation with Jerry Colangelo|
|11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Breakout Session 1|
|Objectives of a Practice Plan: Making Every Minute Count|
|NBA-USAB: Youth Guidelines & Standards|
|12:40 – 1:30 p.m.||Breakout Session 2|
|Back to Basics: Skill Development Drills Every Coach Should Teach|
|Beyond the Game: Developing Athletes of Character|
|1:30 – 2:15 p.m.||Lunch|
|Breakout Session 3|
|2:15 – 3:05 p.m.||High Performers: Guidelines for Supporting your Best Athletes|
|Defense: Man to man Principles for Player Development|
|3:05 – 3:15 p.m.||Conference Wrap Up|
|3:30 p.m.||Buses depart to Sheraton and Chicago O’Hare Airport|
Friday May 18
The State of Youth Basketball
This panel will address the current state of youth basketball and the impact it will have on the future of the game at all levels.
|Sean Gregory||Senior Writer, TIME|
|Jennifer Azzi||Ambassador & Global Director, NBA|
|Arne Duncan||Co-Chair, Knight Commission|
|Dominique Wilkins||Former NBA player, Vice President of Basketball and Special Advisor to the CEO, Atlanta Hawks|
|Grant Hill||Former NBA player, NBA TV Analyst, Vice Chair of the Board, Atlanta Hawks|
Collective Impact: Giving Back to the Game
The growth and sustainability of any industry is dependent on the active participation and interest exhibited by the next generation. Panelists will discuss why it’s critical for today’s stakeholders to pay it forward for the next generation of coaches, administrators, and leaders.
|Nell Fortner||ESPN Analyst|
|Kaleb Canales||Assistant Coach, Dallas Mavericks|
|Michael Strautmanis||Chief Engagement Officer, Obama Foundation|
|Stephanie White||Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Vanderbilt University|
Understanding Youth Athletes: Body and Mind
Participation in organized sports can subject an athlete to a unique set of physical and mental challenges. However, the pressure to be physically superior causes many athletes to overlook their mental health needs. Panelists will discuss why it’s critical for coaches and administrators to create an environment that supports mental health and well-being.
|Trevor Moawad||Founder, Moawad Consulting|
|Keyon Dooling||Former NBA player; Player Wellness Counselor, NBPA|
|Brandy Cole||NBA Parent|
|Chris Holtmann||Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Ohio State University|
Leveraging Social Media: Communicating Effectively to Reach Your Goals
Marketing 101: How to Build a Successful Youth Organization Brand
A well-defined and executed marketing plan affects all aspects of an organization. This session will guide attendees through marketing habits of highly successful youth organizations.
|Phaethon Bolton||Coordinator, NBA|
|Fran Harris||Corporate Trainer, Speaker, Coach and Sports Broadcaster|
Get Funded: Navigating the World of Sports Grants and Sponsorships
Applying for a grant or sponsorship requires a significant amount of research and preparation. Presenters will discuss best practices on how to secure funding for your organization and how best to maximize the resources you already have.
|Dana Weinbach||Senior Executive & Advisor, LeagueApps|
|Adam Fraiser||Global Development Director, Laureus Sport for Good|
|David McGoy||Founder, Assist Development Consulting|
Driving Innovation: The Benefits of Embracing New Technologies
Learn how technology can have a lasting impact on your organization..
|Jack McGinley||Global Youth Program Coordinator, NBA|
|Jeremy Goldberg||President, League Apps|
A Growing Industry: The Business of Youth Sports
The transition and privatization of youth sports has been profound, with implications for small towns, big businesses, and millions of families. This boom has given rise to new business opportunities, from better facilities to recruiting sites to private-coaching. Learn from the leading expert in the sports facility and management industry on what new ventures will continue to develop in this space.
|Adam Harper||Director of Youth Basketball Development, NBA|
|Jason Clement||CEO & Founding Partner of SPorts Facilities Advisory & Management|
|Jermaine O’Neal||Former NBA player, Founder, Drive Nation Sports Complex|
DISC Assessment Workshop
It is well recognized, the highest performing teams have coaches who understand themselves and their athletes. This workshop creates the necessary self-awareness for coaches to know how they coach and provides tangible ways to develop strong and effective relationships with their athletes. It is dedicated to the coaches understanding more about their own coaching style and preferences.
Prior to the workshop, each coach completes their own CoachDISC profile. They will also be encouraged to invite others such as coaches they work with and also senior athletes in their team/squad (if appropriate), to provide them with feedback on their coaching behaviors. This is included within the capability of the CoachDISC profile.
Many of the key learnings from this workshop are accomplished using experiential learning activities where the coaches have the chance to display their preferred and non-preferred coaching style.
Scaling Your Program: Developing a Business Model for Growth
As organizations grow, different challenges and opportunities arise. Recognizing and overcoming the common pitfalls associated with growth is essential for any organization to be sustainable. Panelists will share best practices for success and offer advice on how best to meet the financial and staffing demands based on the goals of your organization
|Omari Faulkner||Sports Industry Management Professor, Georgetown University|
|Antonio Perez||Senior Manager of Youth Basketball Programming, Memphis Grizzles|
|Matt Kanne||Founder, Open Gym Premier|
|Sky Hyacinthe||Founder, ELEVATE Basketball|
Sustained Excellence: Hiring and Retaining Quality Coaches
Great programs require consistency, but more importantly they need the right coaches and staff to achieve a certain level of success. Experts will share best hiring practices and how they maintain the quality of their youth program in a world where volunteer, part-time, and seasonal staff are heavily relied upon.
|Chris Berry||District Executive of Greater Oklahoma City, YMCA|
|Jon Babul||Vice President of Basketball Programs, Atlanta Hawks|
|Brendan Winters||Co-Founder & Director, Pro Skills|
|Nina King||Deputy Director of Athletics for Administration/Legal Affairs & Chief of Staff, Duke University|
Growing the Game: Engaging Girls
By the age of 14, girls are twice as likely as boys to drop out of sports. This session will discuss how to get more girls involved in the game so they can reap the long-term benefits that come from sports participation.
|Betty Low||Community Impact Director, Sacramento Kings|
|Billy Welcome||President & Co-Owner, All IN Athletics|
|Dan Olson||Founder of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report|
|Mandy Carter-Zegarowski||Founder, MCW Starz|
Organizational Culture: Unlocking the Playbook for Success
A strong culture is the building block of most admired organizations. Panelists will discuss shared beliefs and values established by leadership from their respective organizations and how those beliefs are communicated and reinforced to develop a best-in-class work environment.
|Sanyin Sing||Executive Director of Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics, Duke University|
|Kevin Petty||Executive Director, Gold Crown Foundation|
|Jeff Addiego||Senior Director of Youth Basketball, Golden State|
Saturday May 19
General Session: Saturday Conversation with Jerry Colangelo
Fran Fraschilla will lead a discussion with Jerry Colangelo, Managing Director, USA Basketball Men’s National Team
Objectives of a Practice Plan: Making Every Minute Count
Preparation is critical to a team’s success and that often starts with great practices. This session will cover what defines a great practice, the amount of time that should be dedicated to your team’s area of weakness, and will walk attendees through team drills that can address certain shortcomings.
|Bryan Gates||Assistant Coach, Sacramento Kings|
NBA-USAB: Youth Guidelines & Standards
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and USA Basketball recently announced a set of rules and standards designed to help young players learn the fundamentals of the sport, build skills and achieve early success, and provide enhanced long-term development opportunities. A representative from the NBA will discuss the new age- and stage-appropriate recommendations across four key areas – equipment and court specifications, game structure, playing tactics and rules.
|Jeremiah Boswell||Consultant, NBA; Partner, The Skill Factory|
Back to Basics: Skill Development Drills Every Coach Should Teach
The fundamentals are the foundation of success for every individual and team. Elite coaches know how to progress players’ development in all aspects of their game. Learn some great drills to teach and enhance footwork and hand eye coordination.
Beyond the Game: Developing Athletes of Character
Presenters from Athlete Ally, A Call to Men, and Positive Coaching Alliance will discuss the power that coaches have as influencers, and how that influence can be used to impart lessons around diversity, teamwork, and inclusion, including fostering a better parent-coach relationship.
|Hudson Taylor||Founder & Executive Director, Athlete Ally|
|Jason Sacks||Vice President of Business Development & Philanthropy, Positive Coaching Alliance|
Defense: Man to man Principles for Player Development
This session will cover player-to-player defense, which emphasizes individual accountability and sets the foundation for defensive principles that can be used throughout a player’s career; principles such as on and off the ball defense and rotation, closeouts, and communication.”
|Jim Boylen||Associate Head Coach, Chicago Bulls|
High Performers: Guidelines for Supporting Your Best Athletes
Coaches can have a profound impact on an athlete’s performance and his or her ability to develop championship qualities. Athletes not only improve in their oncourt play, but also grow in emotional intelligence. Learn recommendations on how to help outstanding athletes reach their fullest potential.
|Devin Markle||Co-Director of Mindset Development, Sports Academy|
|Kat Swanson||Co-Director of Mindset Development, Sports Academy|
|Debbie Antonelli||Jeff Addiego||Jennifer Azzi||John Babul|
|Chris Berry||Doug Bernstein||Kathy Behrens||Jeremiah Boswell|
|Jim Boylen||Mandy Carter-Zedarowski||Kaleb Canales||Joe Clark|
|Jason Clement||Jerry Colangelo||Brandy Cole||Keyon Dooling|
|Arne Duncan||Omari Faulkner||Nell Fortner||David Flynn|
|Fran Fraschilla||Adam Fraser||Bryan Gates||Sean Gregory|
|Jeremy Goldberg||Fran Harris||Grant Hill||Chris Holtmann|
|Sky Hyacinthe||Tiffany Jones||Matt Kanne||Nina King|
|Betty Low||John MacPhee||Devin Markle||David McGoy|
|Trevor Moawad||Jermaine O’Neal||Dan Olson||Josh Pastner|
|Antonio Perez||Kevin Petty||Jason Sacks||Sanyin Siang|
|Michelle Smith-McDonald||Michael Strautmanis||Kat Swanson||Billy Welcome|
|Stephanie White||Dominique Wilkins||Brendan Winters|
Her broadcasting career has included games for ESPN, CBS Sports and several networks. She has broadcasted the WNBA since its inception, and in 2017 became the first woman in 22 years to call an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game for CBS.
Debbie played basketball for NC State from 1982-1986, helping the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament four times and to the Sweet 16 twice. She then earned her master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio, and spent eight years as the director of marketing at Kentucky and Ohio State.
Debbie was awarded the 2007 Mel Greenberg Award by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, serves as the voice of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and is a lifetime member of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Board of Directors.
Jon is also very active in the community and has served on the ALS Association and Atlanta Hawks Foundation committees. He is also involved with the Jr. NBA, Positive Coaching Alliance, Naismith Awards and Atlanta Tip-Off Club, the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame, and USA Basketball Coach Development.
In the two years since acquisition, Doug has worked alongside House of Highlights founder Omar Raja to grow the Instagram account from 1.1 million followers to 8.8 million followers, and monthly video views to 750 million, the third most across the entire platform.
Doug graduated from Ponoma College with a degree in Media Studies.
Prior to his NBA career, Jim was head coach at the University of Utah for four seasons. He led the Utes to the 2009 Mountain West regular season and postseason championships, and a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
She currently runs MCW Starz LLC, a comprehensive basketball program started with the help of her son, Michael Carter-Williams, who plays in the NBA. Mandy oversees operations and is a resource to players and families going through the college recruitment process. MCW Starz has assisted in successfully placing 28 student-athletes in college programs.
Mandy is a four-time Cape Ann League Coach of the Year winner and was also named the Massachusetts North Coach of the Year.
Prior to being CEO, Jason served for 10 years as Chief Operating Officer, transforming the company into a globally recognized leader focusing on transforming the health and economic vitality of communities around the world.
Keyon went on to have a 13-year career playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies. He reached the Conference Finals three times in his career with Miami, Boston, and Memphis.
Since retiring, Keyon has launced a successful career as a life coach. He is currently a Player Wellness Counselor with the NBPA and works on business endeavors in tech, mental health and wellness, and public speaking.
As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Arne served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, winning praise for an education agenda that opened 100 new schools, expanded access programs, boosted teaching caliber, and built partnerships around education initiatives. Arne graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1987, majoring in sociology. He served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first-team Academic All-American.
Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, the Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment, and other social justice initiatives.
Today, Omari is a member of several advisory committees and boards, advocating for quality education, service, economic development, and cultural diplomacy. He has expanded his experience as a global sports envoy in his upcoming book project, Athlete for Life, providing a framework for student-athletes’ development and a blueprint for success.
Before launching We Coach, David served as Director of Programs and Operations at Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, where he developed a national place-based strategy to strengthen the field of sport for development. David is also the founder of From the Roots, a social enterprise supporting young leaders to kick-start community based organizations and businesses.
She has won numerous coach of the year honors, including USA Basketball and Basketball Times National Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in April. Currently, Nell is an analyst for ESPN.
From 2006-09, Bryan enjoyed a successful tenure as coach of the Idaho Stampede. With the Stampede, Bryan was a two-time recipient of the Dennis Johnson Development League Coach of the Year award, compiling a record of 101-51, and winning the NBA D-League Championship in 2008.
Fran draws upon her electrifying career as an elite athlete, organizational consultant, sales trainer, and entrepreneur to help others create soaring success. She has appeared on hundreds of TV and radio segments on CNBC, CNN, TLC, Comedy Central, and many others. In 2011, Fran was named Good Morning America’s Advice Guru Runner-up.
Fran’s unconventional insights have transformed and redefined legacies all over the world for more than 25 years.
Hill is an analyst for NBA TV and is the co-host of NBA TV’s “Inside Stuff”. In 2014, he became a part owner and Vice Chair of the Board for the Atlanta Hawks.
Prior to Ohio State, Chris served as head coach for Butler from 2014-17, where he was named 2017 Big East Coach of the Year.
Sky began his collegiate basketball career at Johnson & Wales University from 2000-02. He then transferred to the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of one of the nation’s elite basketball programs and received his degree in Communications.
Prior to joining Laureus USA, James was Deputy Director at the Clinton Foundation, and Executive Director of Coach Across America with Up2Us Sports.
His co-authored book, “Youth Development and Physical Activity,” is used in sport for development degree programs nationally and internationally.
Nina is a member of the executive leadership team, providing guidance and strategic direction for the entire department. She has served on the NCAA Division I Committee on Institutional Performance, as well as several ACC and Duke University committees.
Nina graduated from Notre Dame and went on to earn a juris doctor degree from Tulane. She is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports, Sports Lawyers Association, Notre Dame National Monogram Club, and Florida Bar Association.
John earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and master’s degrees from New York University and Columbia. He received the Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence from the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Devin earned her undergraduate degree as a double major in psychology and English from Vermont, and her master’s degree in counseling and sport psychology at Boston.
In 2015, David founded ASSIST Development Consulting, with a goal to help charitable organizations achieve their missions. He is a certified fundraising executive with 25 years of experience and training in organizational development, fundraising, nonprofit management, and philanthropy.
After retiring, Jermaine founded the Drive Nation Sports Complex, an athletic complex for young athletes that offers training and facilities to youth for various sports.
Josh was named head coach of Georgia Tech in 2016, guiding the Yellow Jackets to 34 wins in his first two years with the program, including a program-record 17 home wins in his first year. He also led Tech back to the postseason in 2017, defying all preseason expectations. Josh has also been honored by Positive Athlete Georgia, an organization which promotes the benefits of positivity among youth athletes, as the Most Positive College Coach.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Josh has made tireless efforts to promote the Georgia Tech program across campus and the city of Atlanta, recreating the home-court atmosphere witnessed in decades past.
Kevin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado and his MBA from the University of Colorado. He currently holds a seat on the Denver Sports Commission Advisory Board.
In his current role as Senior Manager of Youth Basketball Programming for the Memphis Grizzlies, Antonio oversees all youth basketball efforts for the Grizzlies and its G League team, the Memphis Hustle. Antonio’s goal is to develop “Grizzlies Youth Basketball” into the Mid-South’s premier setting in which to learn, play, and enjoy the sport of basketball.
Sanyin is an advisor for GV (former Google Ventures), Duke Corporate Education, and the Sports Innovation Lab. Her thought leadership has appeared in Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN.
Driven by the belief that today’s complex challenges require collaboration across public, private and social sectors, a theme through her work is convening interdisciplinary, diverse gatherings towards defining complex problems and implementing new approaches for solving them.
Michelle has made significant contributions to sports coverage in her 25-plus years working for some of the nation’s largest media outlets, including ESPN, espnW, the San Francisco Chronicle, WNBA.com, Bleacher Report, and more.
Notable coverage includes the Women’s World Cup, as well as the NCAA Women’s Final Four and WNBA Finals. Michelle was named to the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015 and earned the 2017 Jake Wade National Media Award from the Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association.
Before joining the Obama Foundation, Mike spent over a decade in Washington, D.C, including four years as part of President Obama’s administration. He partnered with a diverse group of leaders to increase access to economic opportunity, strengthen the judicial system, and champion equity and inclusion in the White House, federal agencies, and Congress.
Mike received his bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from Illinois.
Since his retirement, Dominique held several titles within the Atlanta Hawks front office, currently serving as Vice President of Basketball and Special Advisor to the CEO. He has also become a leader in the community, and is extremely active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and American Lunch Association.
The staff of the Jr. NBA is happy to answer questions regarding the inaugural conference. Please email JrNBAConference@nba.com and a representative will be available to assist.