2018 NCEA Visions for Excellence Soul of Youth Sports Conference

February 21-23, 2018
Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS
Hyatt Place/Lenexa City Center
Lenexa, Kansas

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Athletics programs in Catholic schools encompasses more than just the benefit of physical activity, high fives, school spirit and team pride. School-based sports programs can bring out noticeable positive change in school culture.  In fact, athletics programs can be used to advance school effectiveness, drive the school's mission and, most importantly, deepen student athletes’ relationship with Jesus Christ. With great enthusiasm for the transformational power of a mission-driven athletic program, it is a pleasure to announce the 2018 NCEA Visions for Excellence Soul of Youth Sports Conference (SOYSC 2018), which will take place February 21-23, 2018 in Lenexa, Kansas. Attendees will engage with thought leaders in a national conversation about how an athletics program rooted in mission enriches the lives of student athletes and the entire school community.

SOYSC 2018 will provide top-level professional development to diocesan leaders, athletic directors, coaches, assistant coaches, principals/presidents, CYO directors/coaches/coordinators or Catholic school educators who work with student athletes.  This program is designed to offer practical skills, quality professional development and networking opportunities for Catholic educators.  Topics includes:


  • Team Spiritual Formation
  • Adult Spiritual/Professional Formation for Staff
  • Christian Ethics for Athletes, Parents and Coaches
  • Mission-Driven Athletics
  • Building Successful Athletics Programs
  • Athletic Program Contributions to School Mission and Advancement


Register Online   Registration Form (PDF)   Download the Preliminary Program    

Registration Fees

  Early Bird Rate Extended!
(October 2017 - January 15, 2018)  
(January 16 - February 20, 2018) 
(February 21 -23, 2018) 
Member   $425  $450  $475
Non-Member   $550  $575  $600
Meals Only -
 $130  $130  $130




Coaches Code

In order to help all Athletic Directors and Coaches foster a positive and supportive enviroment for their student athletes we have provided a helpful infographic as a resource.

Catholic School Coaches Code

Keynote Address

Jim Harbaugh
Head Football Coach, University of Michigan 
Jim Harbaugh, was named the 20th coach in University of Michigan football history in 2015 and became the sixth former Michigan football player to be named the leader of college football's winningest program.

In his first year as the Michigan head coach, Harbaugh guided the Wolverines to a 10-3 record, finishing in the top 12 of the national polls for the first time since 2011. His second season saw the Wolverines with a 10-3 record, finishing the season in the Associated Press Top 10.  Other head coaching career highlights include an impressive four-year run in the National Football League (NFL) with the San Francisco 49ers, four years at the University of Stanford, and three years at the University of San Diego. He also spent two years as the quarterback coach with the Oakland Raiders.

Harbaugh played for five different organizations during his 15-year NFL career (1987-2001). He completed 2,305-of-3,918 passes for 26,288 yards and 129 touchdowns in 177 games. Harbaugh made 140 career starts. He was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Year, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection after leading the Indianapolis Colts to the AFC Championship Game in 1995. He was inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor in 2005.

Passionate about Catholic education and mission-driven athletics, Jim Harbaugh will emphasize how strong athletics programs can bring transformative change and foster school culture.

Featured Speaker

Michael Scherschligt
CEO/President and Founder
The Holy Family School of Faith

How Sports Can Serve the Mission of Christ

Athletics can be a powerful avenue through which the mission of the Catholic school can be supported. Michael will share practical and effective principles and tools to achieve the goal of being successful in the mission of Christ and on the playing field.

Mike is the founder and the CEO/President  of the Holy Family School of Faith. Mike has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from the Marianum in Rome. Holy Family School of Faith is a public association of the faithful established by Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, to form catholic school teachers, catechists and the faithful. In addition to our Catechism series, he is the author of the online series, Faith Foundations used to certify catechists throughout the United States. Mike and his wife Sandy have five children and reside in Overland Park, Kansas.


Reservations may be made at the conference hotel, Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa Center, either via phone (1-888-492-8847) or online. When booking through either method, you must reference the code “G-NCEA” to receive the discounted group rate. The group rate is applicable for dates of Feb. 20–24, 2018 and will be available through January 19, 2018 or whenever the block is sold out; whichever occurs first. 

Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa City Center
8741 Ryckert Street
Lenexa, KS 66219 

Conference Rate:

  • $129/Night (Single/Double Occupancy)
  • $139/Night (Triple/Quad Occupancy)


Title IIA Funds

Title IIA funds for professional development under the No Child Left Behind Act may be available to attend SOYSC 2018. These funds may be used to pay for the “secular, non-ideological” sessions that the participant attends. Funds may be used for registration as well as travel, lodging, etc. Requests must be made to the local school district office (LEA) that controls the government funding for these programs.



If you have any questions regarding registration or housing information, contact Jennifer Stewart, Event Manager, at 571.206.1527 or via email.

Registration Form
(Adobe PDF File)
Preliminary Program
(Adobe PDF File)
Catholic School Coaches Code
(Adobe PDF File)