The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Section One Athletics Seeks to Create “Purpose-Based” Sports Culture

The InSideOut Initiative launches in partnership with Section One Athletics, NFL Foundation, and the New York Giants

SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 – New York, NY – The InSideOut Initiative—a nonprofit aimed to inspire, catalyze, and equip school leaders and communities to transform lives through purpose-based sports—launches this week with athletic leaders from 77 high schools in Section One in New York. 

Eli Manning, two-time Super Bowl MVP and Giants Legend will kick off the launch this Wednesday, September 21 at MetLife Stadium in partnership with the New York Giants. “The New York Giants are thrilled to partner with the NFL Foundation to bring the InSideOut Initiative to Section One schools in New York State,” said Ethan Medley, Giants Director of Community Relations and Youth Football. “We have enjoyed working very closely with Section One over the past year during the launch of the girl’s high school flag football pilot program, which was a huge success, and are excited to continue to bring our most impactful resources and partners to the table in the years ahead. The InSideOut Initiative is a powerful journey that really reinforces why athletics are an important part of our academic institutions when they are coached and led effectively. Joe Ehrmann and Jody Redman are dynamic teachers and leaders, and we are looking forward to being involved in this initiative every step of the way.”

Seventy-seven high schools who are members of Section One Athletics in New York will take part in the in-depth training and development on purpose-based sports. “This initiative will support our athletic administrators, coaches and student-athletes in a collective effort to develop a welcoming and affirming environment through education-based athletics,” said Todd Santabarbara, Executive Director of Interscholastic Athletics for Section One. “The true strength of interscholastic athletics is its foundation in character, culture and dignity through competition.”

Powered by the NFL Foundation the InSideOut Initiative has partnered with 23 NFL Teams across 20 states. InSideOut collaborates with educational leaders, state athletic associations and local NFL teams to inspire, catalyze, and equip school leaders and communities to transform lives through purpose-based sports. 

About the InSideOut Initiative

The InSideOut Initiative (ISOI) is a national movement that empowers and equips school communities to implement purpose-based athletics by connecting student-athletes to transformational coaches in a nurturing community for their human growth and development. Through InSideOut Core and InSideOut Culture, schools redefine and reframe sports as a platform to develop the human potential of student athletes. Learn more at 

About the Center for Interscholastic Athletics, Section One

The Center for Interscholastic Athletics serves 77 high schools in Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties, providing support with the organization and management of athletic programs. Section One Athletics believes there is no better way to prepare student-athletes to become better global citizens and enhance their overall growth and development than to develop the necessary skills and values through athletic competition. We further believe in the power of transformational coaching that fosters student-athletes’ sense of belonging and social emotional development throughout their journey to become moral and ethical members of society. Section One is part of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc., a non-profit organization that provides equitable and safe competition for the students of public, private and parochial member schools.

About the New York Football Giants

A cornerstone franchise of the National Football League, the New York Football Giants began play in 1925. The Giants have won eight championships: 1927, 1934, 1938, 1956, 1986, 1990, 2007 and 2011. After twice winning two titles in five years, the Giants are the only NFL franchise with Super Bowl victories in four consecutive decades. Headquartered at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., the Giants enter their 98th season of play this fall. For more information, visit