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Colts Team Up With NFL, IHSAA & InsideOut Initiative To Change Sports—From The Inside Out

From the Colts Roundup blog by Heather Lloyd: Joe Ehrmann was 29 years old and playing in his seventh season for the Baltimore Colts when his only brother, Billy, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a deadly form of bone marrow cancer. Over the next five months, he watched him quickly slip away. For the former defensive…

InSideOut Indiana to Launch this Week

In partnership with the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana High School Athletic Association, the Indiana High School Athletic Association Foundation and the NFL Foundation, InSideOut Indiana will kick off this Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. “To reclaim the educational purpose of sports, school communities must work together to redefine the purpose, and intentionally align key stakeholders around…

Building Authentic Communities

What do pizza and ice cream have to do with sports? Put a pin in that—we’ll revisit. First, let’s talk about what makes sports enjoyable to watch and play. As an Athletic Administrator, we get to attend more events than the average fan during any given year. Last year as an example, I was able…

InSideOut Team – An Update from Grand Rapids, Minnesota

The WHY WE PLAY InSideOut Team Cohort of athletic administrators along with their Coach Implementation Teams met on August 2nd at US Bank Stadium.  They were provided with training, guided discussions and the first of ten lessons to take back and implement in their school community.  Lesson One – The Purpose for a Purpose and Building…

Grassroots Change

From the August/September 2017 issue of Athletic Management: As a school leader, sometimes you can’t help but feel like you’re behind the wheel of a pace car, hoping you are leading students down the right path, while questioning every turn. And if the path is wrong, how do we get everyone back on track? Guiding…

Expanding Our View, Twisting Our Lens, Redefining Our Purpose

With the start of another school year, we are provided with a fresh start and an opportunity to provide great experiences for the students we coach. As we begin this new year and reflect on this opportunity please take a moment and ask yourself the following simple question — “Why Do I Coach?” Why Do…

What Makes Educational Athletics Different

In a previous blog post I discussed the importance of “starting with why.” My “why” is centered on the belief that high school sports have the potential to make the world a better place. This “why” is what sets educational athletics apart from other youth sports opportunities. John Wooden has been attributed as wisely stating,…

Four Steps to Move Coaches Down the Transformational Continuum

One of the things I love most about my job is the constant collaboration I share with my coaches. Many of our conversations quickly go from congenial in nature to collegial as we discuss best practices in coaching. These conversations are often followed up with a book or article recommendation. I was recently emailed a link…

Minnesota High Schools make commitment to transform the “Win-at-all-Costs” sports culture

Eighty Minnesota high school athletic administrators have made a year-long commitment to address the specific needs of today’s youth as part of a collaborative partnership with the Minnesota State High School League, the InSideOut Initiative and the Super Bowl LII Host Committee Legacy Fund. The kickoff for the training—Why We Play InSideOut Team—begins Wednesday, August…