Basketball Analyst Dick Vitale's well-known catchphrase — “Awesome, baby!” — is just one of the many things you'll hear at the 2005 Athletic Business Conference and Expo held Dec. 1-3 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Vitale, along with the Cooper Clinic's Dr. Kenneth Cooper and soccer great Julie Foudy, will be this year's keynote speakers. Vitale will speak on “The Game of Life,” Cooper will present on “21st Century Medicine, Exercise, Nutrition and Supplementation” and Foudy will conclude the 2005 Facility of Merit Awards Reception by sharing her formula for success on the field and in life.

The annual event will also feature 85 seminars and workshops including those on facility design and construction; aquatic programming and management; programming and marketing; military fitness and sports; new managers and supervisors; facility management and operations; leadership, people management and personal development; financial and risk management; youth sports administration; and commercial indoor sports facilities.

Preconference workshops will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual Athletic Business Golf Classic at Shingle Creek Golf Club or take tours of the city of Oviedo's recreation facilities and the RDV Sportsplex.

The show floor will open Thursday, Dec. 1, and will feature more than 300 exhibitors, early-morning workouts, demonstrations and contests. And, for the second year, the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) will hold its conference, “Meeting the Future Actively: Partnerships for Life,” in conjunction with the AB trade show. The International Council on Active Aging's (ICAA) conference “Active Aging 2005: The Tipping Point,” will also be held in conjunction with the show and will offer seminars on sales and marketing, management and leadership, programming, and activity workshops. With AB registration, ICAA seminars are free and MFA seminars are $35 each.

Athletic Business Conference & Expo Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Nov. 29

  • 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Registration

Wednesday, Nov. 30

  • 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Registration
  • 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Preconference Tour: City of Oviedo Recreation Facilities
  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Preconference Workshop: Design and Construction 101: Building a Facility from Concept to Completion — David Body and Robert Johnston
  • 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Preconference Workshop: Supervisory Skills for Success — Ruby Newell-Legner
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Preconference Workshop: Practical Pool Management — Tom Griffiths and Shawn Derosa
  • 11:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 4th Annual Athletic Business Golf Classic: Shingle Creek Golf Club
  • 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Preconference Workshop: Stimulating, Motivating and Influencing Others: The Art of Effective Leadership — Scott Chovanec
  • 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Preconference Workshop: Brainstorming the Recreation Facility of the Future…What Will You Build in 2025? — Jack Patton, Kevin Stubbs, Al Oberlander and Dennis Reynolds
  • 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Preconference Workshop: Developing Brand-Based Marketing by Enhancing Sponsorship Management — Chris Moler
  • 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Preconference Workshop: Colorado-Missouri Rec School Preconference Workshop
  • 1:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Preconference Tour: RDV Sportsplex

Thursday, Dec. 1

  • 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
  • 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Educational seminars
  • 12 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch break
  • 1:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Educational seminars
  • 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Keynote address, Kenneth Cooper
  • 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Trade show grand opening
  • 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Welcome reception, Rosen Plaza Hotel

Friday, Dec. 2

  • 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Early-morning workouts
  • 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration
  • 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Educational seminars

12 p.m.-1 p.m. Keynote address, Dick Vitale

  • 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Trade show
  • 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Partnership roundtable
  • 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Education seminars
  • 5:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Facility of Merit Awards Reception: Orange County Convention Center

Saturday, Dec. 3

  • 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Early-morning workouts
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ICAA workshop: Active Living Every Day Facilitator Training Workshop
  • 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. ICAA workshop: Healthy Eating Every Day Facilitator Training Workshop
  • 8:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration
  • 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Educational seminars
  • 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. American Council on Exercise Certification Exams
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Trade show

For more information and a list of exhibitors visit www.athleticbusiness.com/conference.