SPARC Conference 2020

  • Friday, February 28, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Westward Ho 618 N. Central Ave.


  • Must have access code to register
    Students must present student ID at check-in
  • Students with or without APRA membership
  • Includes all professionals in all categories. Agency staff, ASU alumni/staff, vendors and sponsors.
  • Keynote and Speed Session Speakers receive parking validation for the event
  • Not permitted to attend education sessions


The SPARC Conference (formerly SPARKS) is a one-day student planned professional development event in partnership with the ASU Sports, Parks and Recreation Club (SPARC), and the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association (APRA). 

The SPARC experience provides a unique platform for college students, high school students, young professionals and seasoned experts to collaborate on industry specific content and serves to “spark” interest, ideas, and connections between students and professionals in the field. 

SPARC 2020 is proud to expand the inclusion of area high school students for the 2nd year. During the event, high school students will be paired with ASU students to in team building activities, education speed-sessions, case study challenges and mentoring opportunities. 

Students and professionals will spend part of the day in education speed-sessions,  learning from experts in various fields, then apply the information in blended teams to solve current real-time issues within a metro-phoenix community.

Tentative Schedule

Westward Ho |  618 N. Central  

8:00 - 8:30 Conference Check-In & Continental Breakfast 

8:30 - 9:45 Opening Session & Keynote - Nicole Lance of Lance Strategies

9:45 - 10:05 Meet with Case Study Groups

Break (transition to ASU Student Center @ The Post Office (across the street)

10:20 - 12:10 Education Speed Sessions (20 min each)

12:10 - 12:15 Break (transition back to Westward Ho)

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 1:45 Engagement Activity

1:45 - 3:00 Case Study Challenges & Closing

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