Unlock Your Path to College Athletic Success!


Sunday, May 19th
12:00 – 3:00 pm
Normal Community West High School

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About the workshop

This 3-hour workshop empowers high school student-athletes and their families with the essential knowledge, tools and resources to successfully navigate the challenging process of securing and maintaining college academics and athletics. By attending, families will gain the insights needed to identify the right college choice that aligns with the student’s athletic and academic goals.

Our mission is to cultivate confidence, self-advocacy, and a strong voice within student-athletes as they pursue opportunities to compete at the college level.

Event Takeaways

We will share stories of successes, challenges and pitfalls in order to help our families understand the best approach and the vast possibilities for navigating an athlete’s dream of playing college sports.

Be prepared for an engaging, powerful, and empowering workshop where you gain valuable insights, tools, resources, and knowledge to tackle this process successfully!

What is the reality of college athletics for me?

Understand the recruiting process and learn proven strategies from expert coaches, advisors, and academic advocates.

How do I go from high school sports to college?

Learn insider strategies on how to market yourself, get on coaches’ radars, and maximize your chance of earning a roster spot.

How can I gain an advantage?

Identify the ideal college program based on your academic and athletic goals.

How do I prepare for college athletics?

Understand the transition from high school to college and equip yourself with the strategies to deal with the pitfalls of that first year.

How do I support my child through emotional challenges and pressures?

Recognize the emotional challenges of transitioning from home to college athletics, and get ready for the upcoming changes.

How can I, as a parent, provide support for my student-athlete?

Discover how parents can help their student athletes navigate the college expectations and engage with confidence.

Registration Fee: $30 per person* which includes:

  • Event admission (workshop, vendor tables and light snacks)
  • Swag bag for each attendee
  • Opportunity to win a FREE coaching package

*Group Pricing Available: Contact hello@findmyteam.com for inquiries on group rates.

Don’t Miss Out: Space is limited for this workshop, so reserve your spot today! Slots will fill up quickly.


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Empowering Kickoff

  • Welcome & Introductions

Hands-On Hustle

  • Interactive Showcase
  • Recruiting Realities Revealed

Transition Tactics

  • Prepping for the Leap
  • Panel 1: Experts on Advocacy, Nutrition & Admissions

Game-Changing Insights

  • Interactive Learning Labs
  • Panel 2: Coaches & Leaders Share Keys to Success

Overtime Excellence

  • Interactive Drill
  • Q&A Mastermind

**Doors open at 11:30. Vendor tables available to explore both before and after the workshop.**


  • Angie Codron – Principal, Normal West High School
  • Vicki Hall – former Division I college coach
  • Lori Konsky – SAT/ACT Preparation Specialist, The College Preparation Station
  • Laurie McDevitt – Special Needs and IEP Expert, Advocacy for the Special Ones in Your Life
  • Rita Prenzler – Nutrition Expert, Gateway to Balance
  • Lisa Stone – former Division I college coach


Seasoned professionals with extensive backgrounds in college athletics, coaching, and educational advocacy have teamed up to provide comprehensive guidance for student-athletes and families navigating the college recruiting process.

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Barb Smith

Founder, Find My Team
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Willette White

Founder, Next Step with Passion and Purpose
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Laurie McDevitt

Founder, Advocacy for the Special Ones

About Find My Team

Find My Team empowers high school student-athletes and their families to successfully navigate the college athletic recruiting journey. Founded by Barb Smith, a former collegiate athlete and 30-year coaching veteran, Find My Team provides transformative guidance through an engaging, personalized approach.

Barb’s extensive background makes her uniquely positioned to mentor aspiring athletes. After competing at The Ohio State University, she spent three decades as a college coach, honing her ability to develop players on and off the field. Her entrepreneurial vision coupled with motivational speaking expertise allows her to truly inspire the next generation.

About Next Step with Passion and Purpose:

Success for athletes goes beyond college acceptance. Next Step with Passion and Purpose recognizes that change can put young people in crisis when stepping foot on a college campus.

Drawing from 36 years as an NCAA Power 5 basketball coach and administrator, Willette White, witnessed firsthand the difficulties surrounding the leap to college athletics. Acknowledging the emotional hurdles during the shift from home to college athletics addresses what a student-athlete is losing and prepares them for the change ahead.

Her passion for serving student-athletes fueled the development of preparatory solutions leveraging her extensive experience. With Willette’s program, families gain strategies to successfully navigate this pivotal time.

About Advocacy for the Special Ones:

For families of children with special needs, Advocacy for the Special Ones is an invaluable resource. Owner Laurie McDevitt utilizes her 30+ years of experience to partner with parents, ensuring their children receive the educational support they deserve.

Laurie’s comprehensive background spans roles as a certified special education teacher, case manager, department lead, and parent advocate. Having viewed IEP meetings from every perspective, she offers unparalleled expertise in facilitating productive collaboration between families and schools. Laurie’s relentless advocacy paves supportive pathways for children with special needs.

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There are only a limited number of tickets available. Reserve your spot now.

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