2019 Schedule

If you've attended the Congress in the past, our schedule format will be similar to our 2019 Congress. One of our projected changes will include clearing Tuesday evening of all activities and scheduling the Congress After Hours on Monday. New information and updates will be posted as soon as they become available. 


11am - 7pm


7am - 1pm

9am - 1015am

Registration - Sponsored by 

Keynote -  Being Big League - Kraig Kann

General Session Room Sponsored by - Pure Michigan Sports

In his opening keynote, sought after speaker and sports industry broadcaster and c-suite executive Kraig Kann delivers a mind-altering message designed to get people thinking bigger.  He’ll focus on a “big league” mindset no matter the size or scope of your organization where there are no limits to the brand you can build – not only for your association but also for YOU.  Don’t miss Kraig’s passionate commentary on the sports industry and the influence you can bring when the calendar turns to 2020.


1045am - 1145

12pm - 115pm

130pm - 330pm

345pm - 515pm

530pm - 7:30pm 

Break - Sponsored by Lee County Sports Development

Session 2 - Creating Purposeful Spontaneity - Lee Kitchen

Lee Kitchen, Innovation Catalyst and former 32-year Disney Cast Member, invites US Sport Congress delegates to take a deep dive into the relationship spontaneity has with fresh thinking, creative problem solving and new ideas. The sports industry’s collective intelligence and enthusiasm has the capability to innovate, create, and contribute more than any single individual among us but getting stuck in our own comfort zones may be holding us back from those cutting-edge products, events, ideas and concepts. Lee will explore different ways each of us can be more spontaneous in our work and personal lives, to awaken our innovative spirit and avoid FOMO (fear of missing out.) He'll showcase how important it is to be more open, inspired, willing, able and ready for this fresh input and how essential it is to innovation within your business and the sports industry, as a whole.   WARNING: there may be some spontaneous dancing during this informative, interactive and most of all, FUN keynote!

Lunch - Sponsored by Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission

Workshop - Business as UNusual - Lee Kitchen

In this design thinking and creative problem-solving overview, Lee dives into all stages of the innovation process including scoping, empathizing, ideating and developing ideas and talks the importance of a few key behaviors necessary for collaboration.  The tips and tools Lee discusses are tangible ways delegates can transform their businesses, infuse a culture of innovation and creativity among their teams, and immediately begin to create novel and disruptive solutions to challenges both old and new.  This workshop is as interactive as it is informative and of course, always FUN! 

Rights Holder Trade Reception - Sponsored by Garland CVB

Opening Reception - Sponsored by SC Sports Alliance

Grab & Go Breakfast - Sponsored by Reno Tahoe CVA

Tech Tuesday Session - Sponsored by Maryland Sports

Your Digital Marketing Plan - Justin King

What does your digital marketing plan say about your brand? In this insightful session we’ll take a look at the foundation for a successful digital marketing plan. Led by industry veteran Justin King we’ll build off his experience working with brands such as ESPN, USC and the Alabama Media Group.

Bus Boarding for Golf Outing

Transportation to Kayak Bass Fishing

Sports Crawl to Meet in Hall of Fame Room


Sports Crawl - Sponsored by Daytona Beach CVB

Kayak Bass Fishing Excursion - Sponsored by Visit Midland 

Golf Outing - Sponsored by Bakersfield CVB

Open Evening

Congress After-Hours  Sponsored by Lubbock Sports

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