The Catholic National Athletic Association (CNAA) Virtual Retreat

Zoom Calls to Learn With Colleagues

  • Training Athletes Remotely
  • Strengthening Team Morale
  • Navigating Changing Dynamics

Recently, we polled the participants of the CNAA – What topics/challenges would you like to hear about from other Catholic Administrators? The overall responses centered around COVID. This pandemic has tested our faith, our leadership, and our athletes. Maneuvering state and federal guidelines to keep your team safe have been a challenge. Some of us are still fully remote, some have progressed to a hybrid, and others have graduated to a full campus, including playing sports.

More so now than ever before, we find ourselves collaborating and finding out how coaches and athletic teams connect with their athletes during these unprecedented times. Sharing our learnings (the good and the bad) will help us all to push forward. We have already seen the benefits of connecting with many of you through our Zoom meetings. The engagement we have been a part of is phenomenal. We are all in this together, I hope you can join us in our November Virtual Retreat.

Let’s Move Forward Together!

Leo Lopoz

Schedule of Events

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Opening Mass

Hosted By: Father Tom Doyle of Harvard Business School CSA, MA

Date: February 8 | 7:30 AM Pacifc Standard Time

An excellent opportunity to gather and pray for our world, our student-athletes, and for one another. Our celebrant, Father Tom Doyle of Harvard Business School (HBS) CSA, is an outstanding spiritual leader

AstroTurf University

Hosted By: Dominick Berarducci of AstroTurf General Manager
Gregg Swenson of AstroTurf Regional Sales Manager
Cam Worrell of AstroTurf Regional Sales Manager
Dan Isaac of AstroTurf Regional Sales Manager

Date: February 8 | 9:00 AM Pacifc Standard Time

Join Dominick Berarducci and the AstroTurf team as we take a virtual tour of the AstroTurf University campus. We will make stops along the way to hear from industry experts speaking about the future of sports surfacing.

Catholic Social Teaching Through Our Sports Identities

Hosted By: Carolyn Sideco of CoachingKapwa, CA

Date: February 8 | 10:00 AM Pacifc Standard Time

Join Carolyn Sideco of CoachingKapwa as she shares ways to connect athletics + catholic faith + educators both on and off the field. We have an extraordinary opportunity to share with our student-athletes and help lead them through their journey.

Digital on the Move – Portable Digital Displays

Hosted By: Chris Kirn, VP Digital Scoreboard, MO

Date: February 8 | 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Join Chris Kirn of Digital Scoreboards as he presents the evolving portable digital displays in the sports industry, and learn about our exciting and revenue-generating portable digital trailer portfolio.

Social Justice Roundtable

Hosted By: Jim Prunty of Brother Rice High School, IL

Date: February 8 | 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Join leaders in Catholic High School Athletics as they lead a roundtable discussion on social justice best practices. Move forward to an all-inclusive campus and engage with colleagues across the nation as they support one another.

Athletic Best Practices During COVID

Hosted By: Leo Lopoz of De La Salle High School, CA

Date: February 9 | 8:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Join Leo Lopoz as he leads a roundtable discussion on best practices for Catholic High School Athletics during COVID. Connect with numerous schools from across the nation who are in various stages of sports capacities. Some schools are playing sports and others are benched, just aching to play. Collectively we will learn and grow from each other’s experience.

Female AD Roundtable

Hosted By: Amanda Waters of Mater Dei High School, CA
Jennifer Brooks of Ursuline Academy, MO

Date: February 9 | 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Join Amanda and Jen as they lead a roundtable discussion on challenges facing female Athletic Directors. Collaborate with peers across the nation on this insightful discussion.

ConqHERing Sport: Women Lead the Way

Hosted By: Kathi Bennett, Eastbay Collegiate Team Sales Representative
Denise Udelhofen, Athletic Director, IA
Alle Moreno, Girls Basketball Coach, CA
Noelle Quinn, WNBA, WA

Date: February 9 | 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

This panel discussion explores how the landscape of sport has been impacted by women and how the future of our industry is indeed, female. Featuring the voices of our very own leaders within the CNAA, Eastbay will host a focused conversation on establishing footholds of opportunity for women in sports and invite all to stick around for a chance to win a set of uniforms for a girls team in their school, prizes awarded after our discussion!

Play Like a Champion Today

Hosted By: Kristin Sheehan of Play Like A Champion, IN

Date: February 9 | 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

This session will outline the Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series pedagogy in empowering coaches to develop athletes not just physically, but socially, emotionally, morally, and spiritually through the sport experience. Join the conversation so you can help your athletes give and become their best self.