Industry Insights

NextUp: The Youth Sports Industry Conference Recap

By Jamie Hancock
November 19, 2019
2 min

With #NextUp2019 now in the books, we reflect on an action-packed slate of dynamic speakers, panels and discussions. If you missed a single moment of our youth sports conference, we have you covered with wire-to-wire recaps. In addition, we’ll be re-airing many of the keynote sessions as part of our NextUp Webinar Series, which begins on Friday, November 22. The first set of episodes have been announced and links to RSVP are included below. 


Why Sports Matter

Our first panel featured a conversation among Tiki Barber, Swin Cash, and Rich Kleiman, with Cari Champion moderating. Barber, a former Pro Bowl running back and ten year NFL veteran, discussed the importance of coaching and how instrumental youth sports were in his upbringing. Swin Cash, a three-time WNBA champion, now serves as Vice President of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans. Cash believes it’s important for any youth organizer to really understand their “why” before investing time and money in the industry. And finally, Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant’s manager, shared his youth sports memories and why he believes that coaches are the lifeblood of a childhood sports experience.

Friday, November 22 at 11:00 AM EST

RSVP to NextUp Webinar Series – Why Sports Matter


The Six Habits of Highly Influential People

Gary Belsky’s professional journey has included the kind of success that has made him a can’t-miss public speaker. After a storied career at ESPN, in which he served as the Editor-in-Chief of ESPN The Magazine, Belsky took over as the CCO of Elland Road Partners. A dynamic public speaker and innovator thinker, Belsky had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand with stories and metaphors that apply to any sports organization. 

Wednesday, December 4 at 3:00 PM EST

RSVP to NextUp Webinar Series – Six Habits of Highly Influential People


Designing For Youth

Dan Porter, the CEO of Overtime, flat out understands the youth space. As an app designer, he understood how to engage and motivate a young audience. Overseeing a social media empire at Overtime, those instincts continue to serve him well. His quick wit and hot takes made his half-hour with Gary Belsky on the main stage memorable to say the least.

Thursday December 12 at 12:00 PM EST

RSVP to NextUp Webinar Series – Designing for Youth


Lessons in Scaling: A Billion Dollar Journey

Neal Shenoy, a famed entrepreneur, shared his core philosophy that led him to scale a billion-dollar business. The captivating businessman’s principles are perfectly applicable to anyone building a team. At its core, searching for and acquiring top talent remains the top differentiator between teams and companies that thrive and those that fail to achieve their goals. 


The Formula for Organizational Success

Francis Anzalone was shot straight out of a canon onto our main stage. His presentation took on the feel of a pregame speech that had everyone in the audience ready to run through a wall for him. His organization, Total Package Hockey, is changing the game on and off the ice, and it’s easy to see why after hearing him motivate the crowd with his core beliefs.

Friday December 20 at 11:00 AM EST

RSVP to NextUp Webinar Series – Lessons in Scaling: A Billion Dollar Journey & Formula for Organization Success