Who Should Attend

School administrators, parent advocacy groups and youth league organizers are all invited to attend this year's Youth Sports Safety Summit! Each year the Summit boasts a wide variety of speakers and topics designed to address the unique perspectives for all of the different stakeholders in attendance. In addition to networking with industry leaders and key advocates, you will learn the latest trends in youth sports safety.

Key Takeaways for 2017


Learn From Experts:  Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from industry leaders on key youth athlete safety issues including education and awareness of hidden risks youth face when playing sports, cultivating community engagement, and how improving safety measures in your athletic program can lower cost and decrease liability risks.

Gain New Perspectives:  More than 54 million students in middle and high school participate in youth sports making youth athlete safety a hot topic for a broad audience. Attendees should anticipate a full day of education provided by health care experts and youth sports safety advocates focused on the hidden risks of youth sports and what you can do to mitigate them within your sphere of influence .

Advance Youth Safety:  Be a catalyst of change! Leave the summit equipped with tools and resources to help advance your organization’s mission, improve the safety of your school and implement effective safety policies to help reduce catastrophic injury and illness.

Become Inspired:  Our keynote speaker, former NBA player Chris Herren will share his very personal struggle with substance abuse and how it ended his lifelong dream of playing for his hometown Boston Celtics. After suffering from a heroin overdose in 2008, Chris refocused his life and founded The Herren Project in 2011. The Herren Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose programs and initiatives are a direct response to the increasing number of young people across the US that are experimenting, using and suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Network:  YSSA has grown to include more than 250 organizations that have joined together in the knowledge that acting collectively is more effective than a solo effort. By attending the summit you will make lasting connections with industry leaders and peers who share your same passion for youth sports safety.