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REF Conference details and faq's

The second annual Referees Embracing Faith Conference, "REF Conference" is now less than a month away, taking place on August 17, 2019. With REF Conference nearly upon us, S.O.S. is pleased to provide the following additional information regarding this year's event.


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.

Social Event:

A social event will immediately follow REF Conference where attendees will have the opportunity to visit with fellow attendees as well as our guest speakers and S.O.S. team at a local restaurant. Further details to follow.


Registration is OPEN NOW for $10:

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.

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