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The 2017 Campus Rec Leadership Retreat is an exclusive, invite-only event for 40 campus recreation directors, managers and equipment buyers at the La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas.
Campus Rec Leadership Summit
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2017 Campus Rec Leadership Summit

June 5 – 7, 2017 at La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas!


The Campus Rec Leadership Summit is an exclusive peer collaboration event that brings together campus rec executives for two days of leadership training, networking, and unique experiences.


With a commitment to educating and empowering campus rec executives, The Leadership Summit provides expertise, insights, and experiences that will be an invaluable part of your rec center now and in the future.


Forty attendees will come together for open discussion in a fun and relaxing environment. Come experience practical sessions and roundtables devoted to helping you build your rec center.


The Leadership Summit will be held at La Cantera Resort & Spa, a AAA® Four Diamond resort & hotel. La Cantera boasts invigorating group activities, outdoor excursions and facilitators to develop and cultivate meaningful discussions.


Monday, June 5, 2017


5:30 pm CST

Welcome Reception:

You will meet your fellow peers over relaxing cocktails in the La Cantera Foyer Terrace overlooking the Texas countryside.


6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We’ll move over to the La Cantera ballroom for dinner and continued networking.


7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Shaken & Stirred Mixology Class:

Learn expert tips on creating classic cocktails like the Martini, Mojito and Margarita while being challenged to create a twist on those classics. Teams will compete against one another for the best cocktail.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast


8:30 am – 10:45 am

Morning Roundtable Topics:

Leadership Development

Engaging the Student Population & Alumni


11:00 am – Noon



12:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Afternoon Roundtable Topics: 

Programming/Wellness, Sponsored by HealthFitness  

Profit Centers/Fundraising

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 

Demo Hour: Learn about sponsors products and services


3:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Archery Tag Tournament

presented by Global Archery

The group will be broken into teams to play Archery Tag. This is played similar to dodgeball but with bows and patented foam-tipped arrows. The last team standing will collect their prize!


6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Private Dinner on the Esparza Lawn/Primero Cantina Terrace over looking the Texas countryside. Open bar & live music provided.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


7:30 am – 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast


8:30 am – 10:45 am

Morning Roundtable Topics:

Risk Management

The Future of Campus Recreation


11:00 am – Noon

Networking Lunch – Thank you for coming!



The energy and excitement in Louisville during Derby season is palpable. The city comes to life as spectators from around the globe make their way to the twin spires of Churchill Downs. From the horses and hats to the juleps and jockeys,
The Run for the Roses is an experience like no other.

Derby History

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 stakes race for three-year old Thoroughbreds held annually at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. The race is one and a quarter miles and is known around the world as “The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports.” It is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the oldest continuously held sporting event in North America boasting over 150,000 in attendees from around the world.

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The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875 and attendance ranks first in North America surpassing attendance of all other stakes races.


The Leadership Summit attendees will be attending the 141st Running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs officially opened in 1875 and is a Thoroughbred racetrack most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby. In 1875 Churchill Downs hosted the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks. Churchill Downs has also hosted the renowned Breeder’s Cup on eight occasions, most recently in 2011.

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Churchill Downs is one of the most historic sports and entertainment venues in the United States with live racing in April, May, June, July and November. Attendance at Churchill Downs continuously records the highest totals in North American thoroughbred racing.


In 2009, the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks drew more than 250,00 fans. The Kentucky Derby annually races at “sell-out” capacity.

Derby Traditions

In addition to the Kentucky Derby a number of traditions play a large role in the atmosphere. The Mint Julep is an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and sugar syrup. It is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink can be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup, however, most Churchill Downs patrons sip from souvenir glasses (first offered in 1939 and are available in revised form each year) printed with all previous Derby winners. Also, burgoo, a thick stew of beef, chicken, pork and vegetables, is a popular Kentucky dish server at Derby.

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The Kentucky Oaks known as “Lilies for the Fillies” is held annually on Friday before the Kentucky Derby. The phrase “Lilies for the Fillies” is a representation of the official flower of the Oaks, the stargazer lily. The majestic flower was chosen to represent the race of the ladies for its femininity and strength, the traits that represent a strong, classy Southern lady. Its bright pink color has also been made a fashion statement and brand for the Oaks. Oaks Day is all about the ladies, including a “PINK OUT!” so wear something that has pink in it.


The Kentucky Derby is a place of high fashion. Arguably more important than your whole outfit, is what you top it off with – your Derby hat. Your choice of hat should be the centerpiece of your outfit, whether it be sleek and modern or fancy and feminine. Historically, the bigger and bolder, the better. When it comes to hats for men, don’t try to outshine the women. Go for a straw boater or white Panama dress hat that accentuates your suit’s style.



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