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Matt Birk Leadership Summit July 18th, 2018

At MAP South Hockey, Mendota Heights, we continuously strive to Develop High Character Athletes.  MAP South Hockey's team is invested in every athlete's overall personal growth through our unique combination of skill development, strength and conditioning, nutrition and leadership training.  We were honored and excited to have Matt Birk as our guest speaker at this inaugural event.  

Matt Birk grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall. He was a Cub Scout, a member of the National Honor Society, and played “pretty much every sport there was to play.” After high school, Matt attended Harvard University and earned a degree in Economics. While playing for the Harvard Crimson, he received several football honors, including All-Ivy League and Division I-AA All-American.

Matt was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 draft. Appearing in 228 career games, including 18 playoff contests, Matt spent 11 seasons with Minnesota and 4 more with the Baltimore Ravens. He was named the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his off-the-field service, as well as his playing excellence.

Matt has a passion for children and education, and has focused a great deal of his energy on promoting literacy among the youth in his communities. In 2002, he created the H.I.K.E. Foundation (Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge, and Education) in Minnesota. It has grown greatly since then and its initiatives reached over 100,000 children in the Baltimore area in 2012.

In February, 2013 after a 15 year career in the NFL and a Super Bowl XLVII win with the Baltimore Ravens, the six-time Pro Bowl Center announced his retirement from playing football. In August, 2014 Matt accepted a position in New York with the National Football League as their Director of Football Development.

Today, in addition to his work for the NFL, Matt Birk is inspiring, teaching and motivating audiences across America as a national speaker and is a recent author of the book “All Pro Wisdom: The 7

Developing genuine leaders is a long process that takes daily mentorship, education and commitment from parents, teachers, coaches and those with both the credibility and passion necessary to guide leadership thought and action. The entire MAP South Hockey team is dedicated toward our Mission of Developing High-Character Athletes. When an athlete joins our program, they become part of our family, and we will do “our part” to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in every athlete, every day. From our owner, who is former military and the founder of several successful business ventures, to our incredible team of instructors, we will share our lifetime experiences with these athletes to continuously mentor and motivate them to become standouts among their peers and communities.


MAP South Hockey Leadership:
“When your words inspire others to dream, and your direct actions motivate others to unlock their full potential to succeed.”


Summit Goals & Objectives:

  • To define leadership
  • To inspire and educate the athletes about the importance and value of leadership
  • To discuss the ten most important leadership principles
  • To discuss the expectations of a leader
  • To help the athletes pinpoint their leadership strengths and areas to improve
  • To learn the importance of creating a positive team culture
  • To encourage the athletes to apply their leadership skills to impact their families, schools and communities


Leadership Summit Participants

Having some fun with Pros JT Brown and Brock Boeser after the Summit