“Sport Exchange Summit, Powered by Drug Free Sport” Conference Expands

Share Article

Day-and-a-half conference focuses on multidisciplinary learning for the “team behind the team”.

The Sport Exchange Summit, Powered by Drug Free Sport

“The National Center for Drug Free Sport is known internationally for its management of sports drug-testing programs,” said Frank Uryasz, President of Drug Free Sport. “What is lesser known is Drug Free Sport’s established commitment to drug education."

Furthering its position as the industry leader in drug education and testing within professional, collegiate, and amateur athletics, The National Center for Drug Free Sport (Drug Free Sport®) is excited to expand on details of its “Sport Exchange Summit, Powered by Drug Free Sport”. This conference, to be held July 12 – 13 in Kansas City, MO, will gather sports industry professionals to examine, address and challenge trends and current developments in sport.

“The National Center for Drug Free Sport is known internationally for its management of sports drug-testing programs,” said Frank Uryasz, President of Drug Free Sport. “What is lesser known is Drug Free Sport’s established commitment to drug education. The Sport Exchange Summit, Powered by Drug Free Sport will be a powerful experience that brings together sports professionals from many aspects of the industry to learn and enhance their skill sets.”

Delivered by 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Kansas City Chiefs lineman Will Shields, the opening keynote for the event is built for impact. Will intends to speak about the intangibles that lead athletes to greatness, including those present in his own career.

Session topics include:

  • Building an Effective “Team Behind the Team”
  • High Performance Sports Nutrition: Impact & Influence on Sports Programs
  • Innovative and Effective Athlete Engagement Strategies: An Introspective and Synergistic Approach
  • Life after Sports: Helping Athletes Transition and Build a New Identity
  • Marijuana: Impact of Legalization and New Forms of Consumption
  • Out in Sports: Considerations for Supporting Trans Athlete Identities
  • Prescription Drug Abuse in Sport
  • Race & Diversity Issues in Sport: A Case Study (led by University of Missouri officials)
  • Race & Diversity Issues in Sport: Action and Influence (led by University of Missouri officials)
  • Running Effective Drug Testing Programs
  • Sport Psychology: Professional Issues & Psychological Care of the Athlete
  • Supplement Certification Programs: State of the Industry and What You Need to Know

The nation’s leading subject matter experts in their respective fields will speak at this day-and-a-half event. University of Missouri-Columbia athletic department and diversity officials Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas (Assistant Professor), Kim Bishop (Associate Athletic Director), Dr. Pat Ivey (Assistant Vice-Chancellor) and Amber R. Lattner (Sport Psychology Doctoral Candidate) will discuss the race and diversity issues that have affected their campus and America in recent months. Sessions will also be led by Dr. Tom Hospel (PGA Tour Medical Director), Dr. Bryan W. Smith (Major League Baseball Drug Program Medical Representative), Dr. Laurence M. Westreich (Behavioral Health and Addiction Consultant for Major League Baseball), Mary Wilfert (Associate Director, NCAA Sport Science Institute), Dr. LaTisha Bader and Ben Cort (leading professionals in addiction, currently practicing in a marijuana-legalized state) and other esteemed sport business specialists.

“At this time nationally and in the state of Missouri, few topics are more pertinent than understandings related to race, culture, and identity,” said Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas, Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). “I am excited to offer attendees a window into our unprecedented NCAA-funded study on the experiences of Black, male student-athletes at the University of Missouri. I will discuss national implications and opportunities for ‘the team behind the team,’ and share innovative frameworks for stakeholders and industry leaders interested in player engagement, social responsibility, and the healthy development of athletes in these complex times! The Sport Exchange Summit, and this session in particular, will be a game-changer!”

An early-bird price of $299 for the day-and-a-half conference is available through May 31, held at the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Registration includes breakfast, break snacks/beverages, lunch and a networking reception on July 12 and breakfast and break snacks/beverages on July 13. From June 1 through the event date, registration will rise to $349.

Continuing Education:

  • Drug Free Sport, Inc. is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. Board of Certification Certified Athletic Trainers may receive up to 10 Category A continuing education units (CEUs) through their attendance.
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association certified members can earn .9 CEUs by attending.
  • The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) approved 10.5 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) for certified individuals attending this event.
  • The Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) approved 4.75 CEUs for certified individuals attending this event.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.sportexchangesummit.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Mark Bockelman at mbockelman(at)drugfreesport(dot)com. Committed sponsors include the National Football League at the Platinum Level, Clinical Reference Laboratory and the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory at the Gold Level, Major League Baseball, Atomic Object, and USA Mobile Drug Testing at the Silver Level, NSF as the Lanyard Sponsor, and Advanced Clinical Testing and Drug Testing Matters at the Bronze Level.

The hashtag #SportExchangeSummit will be used in social media discussions leading up to and throughout the event. Select speakers and event organizers are available for interviews prior to the event. Media passes are available by request for the Sport Exchange Summit by contacting Gene Willis at gwillis(at)drugfreesport(dot)com.


The National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc. (Drug Free Sport®) is a world-wide leader in the sport drug-testing industry. Drug Free Sport administers comprehensive drug-testing programs, manages national and international collections, develops drug-testing policies and provides educational services to a wide range of clients in sport, including MLB, NFL, NBA, WNBA, NBA D-League, PGA Tour, LPGA, USGA, CrossFit Games, NCAA, the Big Ten Conference, NAIA, and more than 300 colleges, universities, and amateur athletics organizations around the world. World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-compliant testing for performance-enhancing substances and industry-innovating sport drug testing collection and education technologies are just a part of the comprehensive and confidential total solution Drug Free Sport provides for drug prevention needs. Drug Free Sport boasts a highly educated, experienced and diverse staff that is committed to technical innovation and maintaining the most extensive network of highly-trained certified sport drug-testing collectors in the industry. Drug Free Sport is based in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, visit drugfreesport.com or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

CONTACT: Gene Willis, Director of Marketing gwillis(at)drugfreesport(dot)com; 816.377.1283

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Gene Willis
since: 01/2011
Follow >
Visit website