2013 Urban Soccer Symposium

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Presented by Soccer Shots
April 22 – 25, 2013

Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center

3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20057 


The Urban Soccer Symposium is a 4-day event filled with interactive workshops to help develop and strengthen programs that use soccer for social change. The Urban Soccer Symposium is the only national event that provides resources, and networking opportunities specifically designed for soccer programs in under-resourced communities.

The 2013 Symposium, presented by Soccer Shots, hosted approximately 150 soccer programmers at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The first three days of the Symposium featured guest speakers and a series of workshops designed to help participants share best practices and strengthen the sports-based youth development field. The final day of the Symposium took place on Capitol Hill, where participants met with Members of Congress to discuss how soccer is positively impacting children in their communities.


Cobi JonesCobi Jones – Associate Director of Soccer, New York Cosmos

Cobi Jones is a former soccer player and the Associate Director of Soccer for the New York Cosmos. During his career, he played for the English Premier League club Coventry City, the Brazilian club Vasco de Gama, and the MLS team Los Angeles Galaxy. Jones is the all-time leader in caps for the U.S. National team and a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Following retirement, he served as an assistant coach with the Galaxy. He is noted as being one of a significant group of American national team stars who returned from overseas to aid the then-new Major League Soccer.

Britt McHenryBritt McHenry – Sports Reporter, ABC7/WJLA-TV

Britt is a sports reporter for ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8. She is also the host of News Channel 8’s High School Sports Final. She has covered a multitude of events during her career, including Super Bowl XLII and the 2008 Men’s NCAA basketball tournament. Britt graduated from Stetson University, where she was a member of the school’s Division I soccer team.

Claudio ReynaClaudio Reyna – Youth Technical Director, U.S. Soccer Federation

Joining the U.S. Soccer Federation in April 2010, the former captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team oversees the design and implementation of long-term strategies for development of both coaches and players at the youth level in the U.S. Widely regarded as one of the best U.S. field players ever, Reyna competed as a member of four World Cup squads (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) and two Olympic teams (1992, 1996). He earned 112 caps for the U.S. in a 12-year international career, captaining the squad to an historic quarterfinal run in the 2002 FIFA World Cup where he became the second American to be named to a World Cup All-Tournament team. One of the most accomplished American players in Europe, he played more than three years at the famed Glasgow Rangers, winning a Scottish Premier League championship and competing in the prestigious UEFA Champions League. He also had stints in the German Bundesliga at VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen, as well as the English Premier League, where he wore the captain’s armband at Sunderland before moving to Manchester City.

Darrin SmithDarrin Smith – Two-Time Super Bowl Champion, Two-Time NCAA Champion, MBA Recipient, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ambassador

As a champion, role model, and community leader, Darrin Smith enjoyed a successful 12-year career with the NFL, winning two Super Bowl Championships with the Dallas Cowboys. He is the only player in the history of the NFL to earn 2 NCAA National Championships, two Super Bowl Championships and an MBA. While humbled by his on-field accomplishments, Smith finds his most rewarding victories through a cause committed to today’s youth. His personal passion for supporting literacy led him to establish the Project 59 Race for Reading Foundation, which helps children discover their potential and power through reading. In 2010, he also began an international literacy campaign, the Million Book Read. 

Etan ThomasEtan Thomas – NBA Veteran, Author, Poet

Recipient of the 2010 National Basketball Players Association Community Contribution Award as well as the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation Inc. Legacy Award, Etan Thomas has been tireless in his work with young males, delving into prisons and juvenile detention centers all over Washington, D.C. and in Oklahoma, connecting with young people, talking to them about their lives, and getting them to change their paths. Because of his efforts, Etan was asked by the White House to join President Obama’s Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Task Force, which has established an ambitious platform to help Americans become more aware of the crucial impact of fathers in children’s lives. In May of 2012 he released his second book called Fatherhood (Rising to The Ultimate Challenge) and started a Fatherhood Movement in which he goes from city to city holding panels and town hall meetings to discuss Fatherhood.


April 22 | April 23 | April 24 | April 25 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Featured Speakers:

Darrin Smith 
Two-time Super Bowl Champion, Two-time NCAA Champion, 
MBA Recipient, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Ambassador                

Etan Thomas
NBA Veteran, Author, Poet


Defining Leadership: How Youth Soccer Players Perceive Leadership
Presented by YSC Sports

Special Event Planning: The Street Soccer USA Cup
Presented by Street Soccer USA

Developing Creativity in Young Players
Presented by D.C. United 

Building Partnerships: The Global Network behind the Soccer for Social Change Movement
Presented by streetfootballworld and Soccer In the Streets

Fundraising Plans: Digital Options for Raising Funds
Presented by Integrated Web Strategy (IWS)

Culture Creations: Designing and Sustaining a Successful Team Environment
Presented by Sports Challenge Leadership Academy

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Featured Speakers:

Edward Gonzalez
Alumni, Project GOAL, Inc. 

Claudio Reyna
U.S. Youth Soccer Technical Director, U.S. Soccer Federation

General Session: Soccer for Social Change Hackathon
Presented by Venture Philanthropy Partners, Urban Alliance, and Coaching Peace Consulting, LLC


Gang-Affiliated Youth Engagement: Integrating a Strengths-Based Approach
Presented by DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation

Facility Design: Mini-Pitch and Multi-Use Fields
Presented by CHA Sports

Volunteers: Recruitment and Retention
Presented by Coaching Corps and Coaching Peace Consulting, LLC

Marketing Magic: Proven Techniques Every Organization Should Know
Presented by Lothery & Associates

Evidence-Based Programming
Presented by Child Trends

Drumming Empowerment: Integrating Female Empowerment into Program Design
Presented by The Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project (YWDEP)


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Featured Speaker:

Cobi Jones
Associate Director of Soccer, New York Cosmos                

General Session: Government Funding and Resources
Presented by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Americorps VISTA - Corporation for National and Community Service, and USDA Food and Nutrition Service; Facilitated by McAllister and Quinn, LLC


Mentoring: Making Connections Through Coaching
Presented by Mentor Foundation USA

Building Support for Your Organization Through Social Media
Presented by Soccer in the Streets and Gaia Group Public Relations

Playing to Heal: Designing a Trauma-Sensitive Sport Program
Presented by Edgework Consulting Firm and Up2Us

Board Orientation 101 
Presented by Taylor Strategic Partnerships

Working with Refugee/Immigrant Populations: Uncovering the Power of Talk and Learning in Sports
Presented by Maggie Terry, Professional Educator, Consultant and Jill Pardini, Soccer Without Borders - Baltimore 

Coerver Methodology: Fun Games to Develop Players in Small Spaces
Presented by Coerver Coaching


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Capitol Hill Day - Meetings with Congressional Representatives at the Capitol Hill





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