Updates

Group: Youth sports must eliminate win-at-all-costs culture

NASHVILLE, TENN. — A nonprofit group is launching an effort in Tennessee youth sports to change the culture of winning at all costs. The InSideOut Initiative addresses redefining the role of sports for students and communities. The group says in a news release millions of children lose out on the potential for life-changing growth if winning…

Using Data to Show the Link Between Sports Participation and Academic Achievement

“Instead of cutting extracurricular activities during tough budgetary times, school administrators should financially support these activities because they helped students stay in school and succeed academically.”  (Holloway, 1999/2000 as cited in Lumpkin, A., & Favor, J., 2012, p. 58) In a previous InSideOut blog post, it was detailed how sport practitioners can use data to…

Summer Prep for Education-Based Athletics

Okay, ADs—it’s summer. We have time to take a deep breath and start planning for the upcoming school year. Think about the equation for change—Discontent + Vision + First steps > Resistance—and begin planning your own growth as a professional and how you’ll continue making room in the win-at-all-costs sports culture for purpose based athletic…

How the AD Association Can Support Education-Based Athletics

The purpose of the InSideOut Initiative is to transform the current win-at-all-costs sports culture where the value is often defined by the scoreboard, into one that defines and promotes sports as a human growth experience. While this clear purpose may seem a bit daunting given our sports culture, it’s good to be reminded that the…

Creating a Collective Transformational Purpose Statement

The Five-Step Implementation Pathway clearly outlines the foundational actions to becoming an InSideOut School. One of those steps that requires buy-in and consensus from all participants is the creation of a Collective Transformational Purpose Statement. Whether you are working with a team, the athletic department or the entire school community, the key to a strong…