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The Sports Leadership Congress is a sub-component of the International Gay & Lesbian Athletics Conference. It is a full day of "roundtables" created for the purpose of idea exchange and learning from sports leaders. New and existing organizations have something to learn from one another. Share templates, what works, what doesn't, strategies, management techniques, training, fund raisers, event management, etc. There is an online discussion group for those sports leaders/board-members that would like to help shape this growing community. As leaders in our sports community, these sessions are completely driven by you.

Last year's SLC 2003 was a tremendous success with over 50 attending sports leaders from around the world. This year we expect at least 100 attendees (overall conference participation is expected to be 300 attendees) Join us or more collaborative learning.

Join Email List: Sports Leadership Email Discussion List. Sign up for the list, introduce yourself, your organization, and discuss issues that you'd like to have answered and/or collect opinions.

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+ Athlete Scholarship Fund Raising Dinner (separate fee) (Sat, Mar 27)

DayBeginning Time Duration Event
Fri, Mar 26, 2004 8:30 AM
9:00 AM
30 min Bagels, coffee, juice & fruit to be served. Name tags & self introductions.
 9:00 AM
9:15 AM
15 min Official introductions of moderator and support staff. Layout of day's schedule speakers and classrooms.
 9:15 AM
10:30 AM
1.25 hours Russell Roybal from The Gill Foundation, "Ready, Set, Raise! What You Need to Know About Fundraising"
 10:35 AM
12:00 PM
1.5 hours Second Scheduled Speaker is Dori Shields, Executive V.P. of Casswood Insurance Agency Ltd.: Insurance needs of sports clubs, organizations and tournaments. “Choosing the right insurance for your sporting needs”
 12:00 PM
12:15 PM
15 min + Montreal Sports Festival (5 minutes)
+ Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) (10 minutes)
 12:15 PM
1:15 PM
1 hour Lunch break
 1:15 PM
1:30 PM
15 min + Federation of Gay Games
+ Gay Games Chicago
 1:30 PM
2:30 PM
1 hour Case study group session: Speakers Alden Clark & Andy Freilich will speak on the history of the Frontrunners Club. Along with some facts, figures and significant events that were milestones in the clubs history, they will discuss the impact that it has made, touching on events such as club building activities and their community involvement.
 2:30 PM
4:00 PM
1.5 hours Small group sessions: Participants will break up into four smaller groups and discuss pre-determined topics and conduct a free flow of ideas within these meetings
 4:00 PM
5:00 PM
1 hour Wrap up of day's events and plan next tasks


Presenting Organizations:

About the Gill Foundation (www.gillfoundation.org)

Founded by software entrepreneur Tim Gill in 1994, the Gill Foundation celebrates 10 years of investing in change. The foundation's mission is to secure equal opportunity for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, by providing grants to nonprofit organizations, strengthening the leadership and managerial skills of nonprofit leaders, increasing financial resources to nonprofit organizations, strengthening democratic institutions and building awareness of the contributions people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities make to American society. With an endowment of approximately $220 million, the foundation is the nation's largest funder of LGBT organizations – and has invested nearly $54 million in nonprofits throughout the country to date.

The Gill Foundation will be offering the Fundraising Fundamentals seminar at the SLC. Other trainings they provide include:

  • Ask People for Money Face-To-Face
  • Building Your Base
  • Dive Into Development Planning
  • InCorporate Corporate Sponsorships
  • Practically Perfect Points for a Peso-Producing Pitch
  • Super Special Events
  • Nitty-Gritty on Getting Grants
  • Be Strategic! Get A Plan
  • Recruit and Reward Volunteers
  • Build a Better Board
  • Conquer A Capital Campaign
  • Breathe Life Into Planned Giving
  • 25 Ideas for Publicizing Corporate Sponsorship
  • Hiring an Executive Director?
  • Board of Directors Self-Assessment
  • Board of Directors Annual Evaluation

About the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA)

We are a membership-based, democratic, international association of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered sports organizations from around the world. Our purpose is to ensure a safe place for GLBT athletes to play sports. We do this by providing quality services to our members, nurturing the growth of the GLBT sports movement, and promoting participation in GLBT sports events.

  • We create opportunities to compete in sports through coordinating a global sports event calendar.
  • We develop GLBT sports associations, teams and clubs through the sharing of knowledge.
  • We promote and provide membership services, leadership development and best practices.
  • Through outreach, promotion and networking we increase the awareness and visibility of GLBT sports worldwide.
  • We create partnerships with GLBT organizations, mainstream sports organizations, and host communities to further our activities.
  • We provide a solid base of financial, administrative, professional and technical support to ensure the success of our activities and events.

About Rendez-Vous Montreal 2006 (www.montreal2006.org)

The Rendez-Vous Montréal 2006 Games are coming to North America in 2006 with Montréal as proud host to the world. The spectacular Montréal 2006 gay sport and cultural festival will take place between 29 July and 5 August 2006. There hasn’t been anything like it in Montréal since the 1976 Olympic Games!

We are firmly devoted to delivering an event where sport will be practiced without discrimination of any kind, where the presence of the gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities are celebrated through sport and culture and where participants will have an experience of a lifetime in a city celebrated for its world class hospitality.

About the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) (www.gaygames.com)

The Federation of Gay Games is the international governing body that perpetuates the quadrennial Gay Games and promotes the event's founding principles of inclusion, participation and personal best. The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982 with 1,350 participants. Subsequent Gay Games were held in San Francisco (1986; 3,500 participants), Vancouver (1990; 7,300 participants), New York (1994; 12,500 participants), Amsterdam (1998; 13,000 participants), and Sydney (2002; 11,000 participants).

About Gay Games VII 2006 Chicago (press release)

Chicago was selected today as the prospective site for Gay Games VII in 2006 over Los Angeles by a vote of the event's governing body, the Federation of Gay Games.

About the International Front Runners (IFR) (www.frontrunners.org)

International Front Runners is an affiliation of GLBT running/walking clubs that have organized in many of larger cities around the world. The first FrontRunner club began in San Francisco in 1974 and other FR clubs quickly began forming in the United States then in Canada and abroad.

There are currently about a hundred Frontrunner clubs around the world and they are as diverse as where they are situated. Some of the clubs have hundreds of members, some startups only a few. Many include walkers, not just runners, and at least one club has many more walkers than runners. Some of the clubs elect officers, have bylaws and a membership dues structure, many don't. Most have regular weekly runs/walks and many also get together at local restaurants after their runs. And the fact that there are three different spellings of the name -- FrontRunners, Front Runners and Frontrunners -- is just a further example of the clubs' diversity.


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