CEO - Smith Management Training & Consulting Services, LLC


Athletic Coordinator - Kernersville Parks & Recreation


Community Recreation Services Division Manager - Greensboro Parks & Recreation


Recreation Superintendent - Wilson Parks & Recreation


Head of Sales and National Programs - SILBO


Athletic Coordinator - Mount Holly

Parks & Recreation


Recreation Software and Community Programming Specialist -

Asheville Parks & Recreation


Athletic Program Supervisor - Onslow County Parks & Recreation


Director - Asheville Parks & Recreation


Program and Operations Manager - Asheville Parks & Recreation

Joseph Keel 


Siler City Parks and Recreation 

Ayana Kouakou

Recreation Center Director

Greensboro Parks and Recreation 





Keynote Speaker

Betsy Blose

Betsy Blose is currently the Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics for Advancement at UNC Asheville. After 28 years of coaching college women’s basketball, she now serves as an athletics administrator with excitement and vision. Coaching provided Betsy some of her greatest moments of joy and some of her biggest career challenges, as is true for all coaches. She brings all of that wisdom and experience, and her drive and deep values to her current work in administration.


Born and reared on a dairy farm in Rockingham County, Virginia, Betsy is one of seven daughters in a very close Blose family; much of who she is and what she has accomplished to date lies in that beginning. Growing up, Betsy milked cows, fed baby calves, pulled weeds, rounded up cows, and sometimes griped about it all. But those 4:30 am wake up calls to go milk, and the hours spent beside her Dad in the barn set her on a course of hard work, right values, and a never quit attitude.


Betsy is passionate about students, education, and athletics. As an administrator, she is able to combine those three loves, to be sure student-athletes receive a high-quality learning experience to give them success in sports and in life.


Blose is also an advocate for women and has been a featured speaker on the topic of women and leadership in the community in which she resides.


Betsy received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 from James Madison University and her Master of Science degree in 1991 from James Madison University.


When she isn’t working, Betsy loves spending time with family and friends, hiking to waterfalls, running, and reading non-fiction.

Session I - Evolution of Athletics

We all are familiar with how to play traditional games... but can you come up with a new game using traditional equipment? What's going to be the next sport or game to take athletics by storm? With Pickleball, spike ball, quidditch, ultimate frisbee, and E-Sports athletics are evolving... who knows what will be next. In this session, attendees will work together to solve a series of challenges and come up with their pitch for the next great sport!  

Session II - DREAM, Keeping the Game Alive 

This session is all about preparation and development in real-time. Attendees will learn the difference between experience and education, career and job, leaders and followers, and working vs. personal relations. You will have the opportunity to see where you are in the preparation/foundation process, and if you are more comfortable as a starter or backup player.


Session III - Equity in Athletics

Equity in Athletics will give participants a broad overview of the difference between equity and equality.  We will discuss how to address potential distributional differences and resource allocation as a means to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of underserved and underrepresented groups.  We will look at ways to allocate recreational resources to eliminate these barriers to participation in making athletic programming more inclusive.  Lastly, tools will be given to empower staff to view athletics through and program for participants through an equity lens.

Session IV - How to Create A Masterpiece: Economic Impact of Athletics

This session will give attendees the groundwork to make economic changes in your community through athletics. 

Session V - Conflict Resolution in Athletics

Through attending this session, attendees will be able to identify their conflict management style, discuss best practices for conflict management, and recognize the different types of conflict management styles. 





Registration and Check-In, Drop-in snacks with vendors

11:30 - 12:30pm

Lunch on your own


12:30 - 12:45pm

Welcome, Icebreaker, Introductions

12:45 - 1:15pm

State of Sports Officiating - Sponsored by Silbo


1:15 - 4:45pm

Session 1 -  Evolution of Athletics: New and Unique Sports - Part 1 and 2 (.3 CEUs) 

- New and Unique Sports

- Creating Your Own Sport   

- Sports in Action

- Try or present your game! 


5:30 - 7:30pm

Sponsor Social, Trivia and Pizza Party - Barley's Taproom 


7:30 – 10:00pm

Scavenger Hunt 


7:30 -9:00am

Breakfast (on your own)


9:00 - 9:15am

Morning Ice Breaker/Announcements


9:15 - 10:30am

Session 2 - Dream, Keeping The Game Alive (.1 CEUs)  

10:45 -12:00pm

Session 3 - Equity in Athletics (.1 CEUs)

12:15 - 1:15 pm

Keynote Lunch

1:30 - 2:45pm

Session 4 -How to Create A Masterpiece: Economic Impact of Athletics  (.1 CEUs)

3:00 - 7:30pm

Afternoon Activities and Team Building (Signup required, extra fees may apply)

- Cornhole and Brewery Tour

- New Belgium (Pre-registration required for the tour)

- Downtown Asheville Walking Tour  

- Escape Room ($30 per person)

- Axe Throwing ($21-$34 per person, Pre-registration required)



Dinner on Your Own or Evening Walking Ale Trail



7:30 -9:15am

Breakfast (on your own)


9:15 - 9:30am

Morning Ice Breaker


9:30 - 10:45am

Session 5 - Conflict Resolution in

Athletics  (.1 CEUs)


Session 6 - Career Progression

Panel  (.1 CEUs)


Awards & Closing




Come Join Us

November 18th - 20th

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
31 Woodfin St
Asheville, North Carolina  28801