RootsTech 2017 has announced that Brigham Young University football head coach Kalani Sitake, popular LDS youth speaker Hank Smith and former NFL football player and now Philadelphia TV news anchor Vai Sikahema will join the lineup of speakers for its popular Family Discovery Day. This exciting, free, one-day celebration of families is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family Discovery Day will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City and is part of the annual RootsTech conference. Individuals and families must register online at www.rootstech.org/family-discovery-day.
There’s something for everyone at Family Discovery Day. Come hear inspiring speakers, see entertaining performers, engage in interactive activities for all ages, and discover the latest technology, products and services in the family history industry in the expo hall. Discover fun new ideas, hear helpful solutions, watch new concept demonstrations, get personal research help, and experience innovative family history technology.
Young single adults and other interested youth are invited to attend a special session with Kalani Sitake, BYU’s head football coach. Sitake played collegiately at BYU as a fullback, and he served as an assistant coach for the Oregon State Beavers and Utah Utes before taking the head coaching position at BYU in December 2015.
Hank Smith is a BYU professor of religion and popular youth speaker. Smith’s life has been touched by family history work, and he plans on sharing some of that experience at Family Discovery Day. Joining the speaker lineup is Vai Sikahema, a former NFL football player and current television personality. He is well known for his diverse skills as both an anchor and sports reporter and can be seen co-anchoring NBC10 News Today on weekday mornings in Philadelphia, Penn.
Families with children and youth are invited to discover the fun of family history together by playing games such as Family Feud and Twisted Family History. Young single adults are invited to bring friends and participate in fun sessions and activities like #Myfabfamily Photography Contest, Family History in Emoji, Record Your Story and Replace a Face.
Family Discovery Day also offers relevant sessions with the latest information for those with church callings and responsibilities related to family history and the temple.