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Craig Sesker USA Wrestling

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2007 USA Wrestling State Leaders Summit is set for Thursday through Sunday at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs.

A number of sessions and activities are planned for the annual event that brings together USA Wrestling members from throughout the country.

"The State Leaders Summit is a very important function on the USA Wrestling calendar," said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director. "It is a time when our State Leaders come together to share best practices and brainstorm on ideas and ways to improve the organization and the sport.

"We are honored to have such a group of dedicated and talented individuals working for one common cause. These individuals are the heart and soul of USA Wrestling and can be credited for a great portion of the organization's successes."

The USA Wrestling Board of Directors Meeting also will take place during the Summit.

"The 2007 State Leaders Summit will be an outstanding program for key USA Wrestling grass-roots leaders to share ideas and concerns, network, share and become more educated in various aspects of USA Wrestling's programs and procedures," said Mark Scott, USA Wrestling Director of State Services. "With over 90 state leaders attending, this year's conference will be one of the largest ever.

"The State Leaders conference is the cumulating event each year for USA Wrestling's grass-roots leaders. It brings together key USA Wrestling leaders from around the country to provide input and direction in many of USA Wrestling's programs."



Thursday, Aug. 16

All day - Participants Check-in (Antlers Hilton) - Hotel Lobby
6:10-7:15 p.m. - Dinner - Heritage A & B
7:30-9 p.m. - Introductions/Conference warm-up; Discussion of current issues - Summit I & II
9 p.m. - Welcome - Ice Cream Social - Heritage A & B

Friday, Aug. 17

7-8:15 a.m. - Breakfast - Summit I & II
8:20-8:30 a.m. - Welcome by Rich Bender, USAW Executive Director and James Ravannack, USAW President
8:30-9:30 a.m. - Grappling, Sombo, Beach Wrestling with Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling - Learning Center
9:30-10:30 a.m. - Women's Wrestling Development with Billy Wood - Learning Center
10:30 a.m. - Break
10:40-11:40 a.m. - Insurance and Risk Management with Drew Smith, Amer. Specialty - Learning Center
11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Olympism, USOC Staff - Learning Center
12:40-1:30 p.m. - Lunch and Group Picture - Summit I & II
2-2:30 p.m. - State Games Presentation - Learning Center
2:30-4 p.m. - Proposed USAW Background Check Process and Procedures - Learning Center
4 p.m. - Break
4:15-6:15 p.m. - National Council of State Chairpersons Meeting - Summit III
7-8 p.m. - Dinner - Summit I & II
8-9 p.m. - USAW Executive Committee Meeting - Carson
9-10 p.m. - Junior Olympic Wrestling Committee Meeting - Carson

Saturday, Aug. 18

7-8:15 a.m. - Breakfast - Heritage A & B
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. - USAW Board of Directors Meeting - Summit III
10 a.m.-noon - Round-table discussions, current issues - Heritage C
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Lunch - State Leaders and Board of Directors - Heritage A & B
1:50-2:40 p.m. - What is FILA - Stan Dziedzic, FILA Bureau Member - Heritage C
2:45 p.m. - Break
3-4:15 p.m. - Leadership Training - Joel Sharratt, U.S. Air Force Academy Coach - Heritage C
4:15-5:15 p.m. - Antimicrobial Issues - Heritage C
5:45-7:15 p.m. - Board Members & State Leaders Dinner - Heritage A & B
7:30-9 p.m. - "Life is Sweet" Social Hour @ TCLogic, Inc. - Off-site

Sunday, Aug. 19

7-8:15 a.m. - Breakfast - Heritage A & B
8:45-10:30 a.m. - Round-table discussions, current issues - Heritage C
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Lunch - Heritage A & B
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