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 is located a short drive northeast of downtown Cincinnati.
Further details regarding the venue and parking to follow
Host website: https://www.prascopark.com/
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.
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: https://www.sportsofficialssurrendered.org/events-1/2nd-annual-referees-embracing-faith-conference
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.