Mike Ditka to deliver keynote at NAYS Youth Sports Congress in San Diego


Mike Ditka – Hall of Fame NFL coach and ESPN analyst – will be the keynote speaker at this year’s National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) Youth Sports Congress on Dec. 1-4 in San Diego, Calif., which is held in conjunction with the Athletic Business Conference & Expo.  
Ditka will also be presenting the prestigious Excellence in Youth Sports Awards, sponsored by Athletic Business and NAYS, America’s leading advocate for positive and safe sports for kids.
The Congress – the preferred venue for all professionals involved in youth sports – is a three-day comprehensive educational training that covers cutting edge topics in the field of youth sports.
“Da Coach” or “Iron Mike” played for and coached the Chicago Bears for 17 seasons. He coached the Bears from 1982 to 1992, compiling a win-loss record of 112-68 during that time. He guided the Bears to six NFC Central Division titles, in addition to three NFC title games.
His ’85 Bears won the NFL crown in Super Bowl XX. The ’85 Bears are considered among the NFL’s “Best Ever Teams” going 18-1 that year.
Twice, Ditka was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year (’85 and ’88). From 1985-1988, he lead the Bears to 52 wins – the most ever by an NFL team in a four-year span in NFL history.
He left the Bears football organization in 1992. Ditka returned to coaching in the NFL as head coach for the New Orleans Saints from 1997 to 2000.
Today, Ditka also shares his drive and team-building skills with audiences across the country. In his presentations “ACE” – Attitude, Character and Enthusiasm, he shares the lessons learned in a life of commitment and attention to the fundamentals – resulting in victory.
He delivers a powerful presentation that highlights the key characteristics people need to achieve their personal and professional goals.
In addition to all the traditional benefits of being a Congress delegate, attendees will also have access to several of the great Athletic Business Conference events, including the keynote sessions, welcome reception and the Expo.
For more information email yscongress@nays.org, call (800) 688-KIDS, or visit www.nays.org and click on the Congress logo.

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