LeagueApps, a sports-tech company focused on youth sports, will launch NextUp: The Youth Sports Industry Conference this fall. NextUp will take place November 4 – 5, 2019 at Convene, 32 Old Slip in New York City’s Financial District.
“ESPN SportsCenter” anchor Cari Champion will serve as host for the event and other confirmed speakers include NBA champion Shane Battier, Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives and Legislative Affairs of the NHL Kim Davis, and more. The agenda also features a workshop on storytelling from the former editors-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine Neal Belsky and Neil Fine, a social media workshop taught by House of Highlights’ Doug Bernstein, and a breakout on hospitality with David Millay and Mike Millay, one of the original architects of ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. More speakers and sessions will be released in the coming weeks.
NextUp’s Arena will also provide an interactive space featuring activations from LeagueApps and sports tech companies.
“This is an exciting and critical time for youth sports—we see an opportunity to showcase youth sports as an industry, both to celebrate the great advancements and innovation and also to address industry challenges and obstacles,” said Jeremy Goldberg, president, LeagueApps. “We’ve created NextUp to give a voice to youth sports entrepreneurs and start a conversation about the future of the industry.”