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Referees Embracing Faith Conference 2019

Hear a fabulous lineup of speakers from the NBA, MLB, and NCAA speak on faith & officiating! The 1st Annual R.E.F Conference in 2018 united sport officials from all levels and all sports from 15 states to embrace their faith, and, we are excited to see what God has in store this year!

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Referees Embracing Faith Conference 2019
Referees Embracing Faith Conference 2019

Time & Location

Aug 17, 2019, 9:00 AM

Prasco, 6125 Commerce Ct, Mason, OH 45040, USA

About the event

Sport Officials Surrendered presents the 2nd annual Referees Embracing Faith (REF) Conference!

This year's focus:

"The legacy of salvation: a gift and a call"


Mason, Ohio

Mason is located a short drive northeast of downtown Cincinnati.


Prasco Laboratories

Further details regarding the venue and parking to follow

Host website:


S.O.S. has secured a block of rooms at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Cincinnati Sharonville. REF Conference attendees can call the hotel (513-771-0300). A discounted rate will be grated by informing the hotel that you are attending REF Conference, and the dates of your stay.


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

REF Conference will begin with a time of worship at 9:00 AM, followed by the morning session with our guest speakers lasting until approximately 12:00 PM. Lunch will be provided at the venue between 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM, to be followed by the afternoon session, which will conclude by 4:00 PM.


Lunch service will be provided at the venue by Chick-fil-A.

Social Event:

A social event will take place at Shooters Sports Grill in nearby Liberty Township, OH, shortly following the conlusion of REF Conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with fellow attendees as well as our guest speakers and S.O.S. team.


Registration will be available at the door, however, advanced registration is encouraged if you know that you will be attending. This allows us to have a better estimate on attendance numbers, which will allow us to prepare to serve you better.


Ted Barrett - MLB umpire crew chief, Calling For Christ co-founder, S.O.S. advisor

*A change in Ted's schedule now requires him to umpire a game in another city on the day of REF Conference; however, he will still deliver his message via video feed.

LaMorris Crawford - NFL Chaplain, Cincinnati Bengals

Alika Arisumi - Basketball & volleyball referee, XCel Officiating founder, pastor at Nikao Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

J.D. Collins - NCAA national coordinator, men's basketball officiating

Nate Harris - NCAA Div. 1 men's basketball referee. Co-founder of Harris Shamion Officiating.

Masters of Ceremonies:

Pat Fraher - NBA referee, co-founder of Elevate Officiating, S.O.S. advisor

Darron George - NCAA Div. 1 men's basketball referee, co-founder of Elevate Officiating, S.O.S. advisor.


Joshua Koch & "BE" - Josh is a basketball referee, founder of Present Day Man ministry, and an S.O.S. advisor.

If you have questions, or interest in partnership opportunities with S.O.S, including REF Conference, we would love to speak with you. Email us with all inquiries at:

Further updates will be provided on as well as our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (sportofficialssurrendered).

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  • General Admission

    This year we have decided to do a $10 non-refundable donation as the "cost" for the conference. This will be used to go towards all of the expenses involved in putting on a conference weekend.

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