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Panel Discussions Featuring Area Coaches and Athletes Part of Sport and Society Conference

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From St. Norbert College, May 6, 2014
by mike,, 920-403-3089

Area coaches and an athletic director, along with current and former athletes, will take part in panel discussions at the academic conference "A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America." This national conference will be hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, May 19-21, 2014, and will focus on women in sports. The panel discussions are open to conference attendees and the media only.

On Wednesday, May 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Lambeau Field, a panel will discuss "Women Athletes: How Has the Sports Landscape Changed?"

Featured panelists include:

Natalie Berglin-Van Roy, sport performance coach/trainer (basketball instructor), House of Speed, Green Bay, and former UW-Green Bay basketball player.

Emily Chandler, St. Norbert College women's hockey player.

Adrian Ritchie, professional basketball player, Nottingham Wildcats, Division EBL, United Kingdom, and former UW-Green Bay basketball player.

Lauren Sesselmann, professional soccer player, FC Kansas City, national women's soccer league; attended Notre Dame de la Baie Academy in Green Bay and won a bronze medal playing with the Canadian soccer team at the last Summer Olympics.

Nicole Soulis, played at UW-Green Bay, where she was named 2006 Horizon League Player of the Year. Also played professionally in Europe for five seasons. Currently assistant girls junior varsity basketball coach at Ashwaubenon High School.

Katie Vanden Avond, soccer player at St. Norbert College; All-America honoree by

Julie Wojta, currently playing professionally in Europe for Belfius Namur (Belgium) after playing briefly in the WNBA for Minnesota Lynx and San Antonio Stars. Wojta is a former UW-Green Bay basketball player.

Kate Hogan, director of retail operations, Packers Pro Shop, Green Bay Packers, will moderate the session.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at Lambeau Field, a panel will discuss "Challenges Facing Coaches in Women's Sports."

Featured panelists include:

Kevin Borseth, head women's basketball coach at UW-Green Bay.

Amanda Braun, director of athletics at UW-Milwaukee.

Rob Morgan, head women's hockey coach at St. Norbert College.

Sara (Boyer) Rohde, varsity girl's basketball coach at Notre Dame de la Baie Academy in Green Bay. Former UW-Green Bay basketball player.

Connie Tilley, head women's basketball coach at St. Norbert College.

Mike Counter, director of media relations at St. Norbert College, will moderate the session.

The conference is the third of its kind put on by St. Norbert and the Packers; the first was held in 2010. This partnership between an NFL team and an institution of higher education brings together academics and business professionals from around the country.

The Packers have held their summer training camp at St. Norbert College for 56 years, the longest such relationship between a pro football team and a college in the NFL. For more on the connections between St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, go to

The conference fee of $195 includes access to all keynote speeches and concurrent sessions, the conference dinner, luncheons at Lambeau Field and St. Norbert College, and several coffee breaks daily. Conference attendees will also be provided a guided tour of Lambeau Field, admission to the traveling exhibit "Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women's Baseball" and screenings of sports-related films.

For more information on the conference, go to, or contact Karen Cleereman, conference administrative coordinator, at or 920 403-3777.

The Center for Ethical Youth Coaching and the International Sports Professionals Association are sponsors of the 2014 Sport and Society conference.

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