Youth Sport Summit at Wingate University

Jennifer Gaskins

Wingate, N.C. – The Wingate University School of Sport Sciences will present a Youth Sport Summit on Saturday, Feb. 20 on its campus in Wingate. The summit is intended for parents, coaches and youth sport professionals who work in schools, athletic associations and competition teams at all levels.

The day-long event will feature sport psychology specialist Dr. Dan Gould, of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University. He will make four presentations dealing with youth sport talent development. Participants will learn about sport specialization, the role parents can play in youth sport, character development, and the differing coaching strategies for boys and girls.

The day will also include presentations by Michigan State University sport psychology consultant and director of coaching education Dr. Larry Lauer on taking one’s game to the next level. Participants will learn about mental skill development for youth sport athletes and how to transition from parent to youth coach.

The faculty of the Wingate University School of Sport Sciences will lead practical workshops on how to take care of the child/athlete. Sessions will include tips for cheerleading safety, legal issues, weight training, and overuse injuries.

The event is sponsored by Try Sports, LaVida Mocha, the N.C. Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Phi Epsilon Kappa and the Wingate University Sport Sciences Student Majors Club.

To register for the event contact Dennis Johnson at 704-233-8182 or visit:
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers more than 40 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the doctor of pharmacy and the doctor of education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.