The positive impact sport can have in changing children’s lives and bringing people together will be on display April 27-28 as the Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Foundation Director of Programs, Lee Jones, serves as an expert practitioner for the 2012 Change the Game conference at Boston University’s Photonics Center.
The overarching concept behind the conference is termed Sport System (re-)Design. The approach not only equips participants to look deep inside the structure of their sport experience, it also helps attendees to make simple but powerful changes that amplify the impacts of the individual league or program.
“Having Lee selected as an expert practitioner for the Change the Game conference is a great tribute to everything he has accomplished through the numerous Youth Foundation athletic programs,” explained Susie Davis, Vice President of Education for the Vail Valley Foundation. “His role will really be about mentoring and helping to facilitate a shift in thinking for practitioners who have not been able to take their programs to the next level.”
Originally from Manchester, England, Jones serves as director of all after-school and summer programming for the VVF’s Youth Foundation. As Executive Director and head coach of the Vail Valley Soccer Club for over three years prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, he refined his skills in coaching and teaching children team skills that could be applied to life.
In his current role as Director of the Power Hours after school program, Jones is now assisting thousands of children in the Vail Valley through the after school and summer programs, Community Coach Mentors and Copa Soccer League. In 2008 he traveled to rural South Africa to help implement a new after school program that is providing hope for challenged youth.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized as innovators in the field of sports-based youth development,” offered Jones. “I am excited to be able to share what we have learned and accomplished with other practitioners from around the country. Along with a question/answer session, I will be working directly with larger groups to redesign their programs by helping them think in a different way.”
The 2012 Change the Game conference is a project of the Institute for Athletic Coach Education, Edgework Consulting and Up2Us, an organization dedicated to youth development programs that utilize sports to improve the lives of children throughout the U.S.
The Youth Foundation is the educational arm of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information on the Youth Foundation, visit www.theyouthfoundation.org. For additional information on the Vail Valley Foundation, visit www.vvf.org.