Programs & Speakers

The 2017 program is now available. Search by track and read about the exciting sessions that await you in Boston! 

General Sessions Speakers

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
John B. Hynes Convention Center Ballroom


Maya Enista Smith
Executive Director, Born This Way Foundation

Dove Sponsor: Dove

“Creating a Kinder and Braver World”

Maya Enista Smith will discuss Born This Way Foundation’s commitment to supporting the wellness of young people, and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world.  Working together with SHAPE America members, the foundation wants to see a world of people whose decisions and conversations are driven by kindness, acceptance and compassion.


Movement Break
Sponsored by KIDZ BOP



Steve Gross
Chief Executive Optimist, Life is Good Kids Foundation

“Discovering the Power of Optimism”
Steve Gross will share how he helps others discover the power of optimism so that they can build resilience and bring greater joy, connection, courage and creativity to their lives.


Thursday, March 16, 2017
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

John B. Hynes Convention Center Ballroom

 Sponsor: Fuel Up to Play 60

Come one, come all to a dynamic general session that will focus on healthy eating and physical activity.  While we can't announce keynote speakers just yet, stay tuned for some big news and special guest speakers who will get your blood pumping and the whole room jumping!



Movement Break
Sponsored by KidzBop



Friday, March 17, 2017
9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

John B. Hynes Convention Center Ballroom

Dean Kriellaars
Professor, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg

New York Road Runners
New York Road Runners

“Physical Literacy: the Gateway to Active Participation”

The physical literacy movement is in its early years,  but research findings show many benefits in the physical, social and psychological well-being of children, as well as in achievement of curricular objectives. This talk will share recent developments and implementation of physical literacy in education, recreation and sport. Key research findings will be shared with knowledge translation for integration into health and physical education lesson planning, as well as creating a physical literacy-enriched school.


Movement Break

Sponsored by Reebok / BOKS




Olympic Gymnast Raisman Highlights General Session

  Aly Raisman, the captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams, will join us at Thursday’s General Session.

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