Minnesota Updates

PL’s Reetz part of organization aiming to transform current sports culture

The InSideOut Initiative aims to transform the current win-at-all costs culture in sports to more of a personal growth and development for today’s young athletes. Prior Lake High School Athletic Director Russ Reetz said he’s proud to be a small part of that goal as one of the organization’s athletic director partners. “My involvement with…

Vikings Support InSideOut Initiative’s Transformative Efforts

MINNEAPOLIS — Winning isn’t everything. NOR is it the only thing. This revision on an old saying is paraphrasing the message of the InSideOut Initiative, which officially launched in Minnesota on Monday when dozens of school administrators at the district, school and school board levels gathered for a one-day forum. Minnesota is the 14th state and 17th NFL market…

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InSideOut Initiative Kicks Off Where it All Began

On February 10, the InSideOut Initiative officially launched in Minnesota with a wide range of partners, including the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), the NFL Foundation and statewide education leadership associations, such as MSBA, MASA, MASSP, MNIAAA, and Minnesota State High School Coaches Association (MSHSCA). Vikings Youth Football Manager Madison Cortese…

InSideOut Initiative Officially Launches in Minnesota in Partnership with the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and the NFL Foundation

The InSideOut Initiative—a nonprofit aimed at transforming the “win-at-all-costs” sports culture in communities across the country—will launch February 10 in Minnesota, in partnership with the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), NFL Foundation and statewide education leadership associations including MSBA, MASA, MASSP, MNIAAA, and Minnesota State High School Coaches Association (MSHSCA). Powered by…

ISD 318 PART OF MOVEMENT TO CHANGE SPORTS CULTURE

From The Herald Review: Youth sports in the U.S. is a $15.3 billion industry with private coaches, tryouts, travel tournaments and more. “By the time students get to middle school, their families have already spent an incredible amount of time, energy and resources in their child’s sports experience. “So what’s the purpose?” This was part…

Improving School Culture Through Education-Based Athletics

As AD at Hibbing High School, I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many transformational leaders. This year, we committed to showing up for our student-athletes every day through Why We Play and the InSideOut Initiative. Here’s how Hibbing High School’s education-based athletics work is helping our students grow and live with purpose….

USC Implements New Initiative to Encourage Participation

United South Central’s activities director Joe Kuechenmeister is showing the district the importance of participation in school sports and other activities by joining USC in the Minnesota State High School League’s “Why We Play” initiative. Statistics from the MSHSL have shown that students who participate in high school activities tend to have higher grade point…

Sports and activities make BHS students’ lives better

Sports and activities enhance the educational mission for students at Brainerd High School. This was the emphasis BHS Activities Director Charlie Campbell sought to get across Monday to the Brainerd School Board during his activities update. Typically, Campbell reports on the participation numbers, but this time he wanted to address the “bigger picture” on the…

Changing the focus of why students play sports

For far too many coaches, student athletes and their parents, sports is all about winning. For Eastview High School Athletic Director Matt Percival, sports culture is about much more than the final score. He is helping lead a growing movement in Minnesota and across the nation to refocus the emphasis of youth sports from winning…

Brainerd responds after coach quits because of parents’ pressure

Brainerd boys’ basketball coach Scott Stanfield saw no other avenue than resignation, he said, after intense pressure from parents became unbearable. Brainerd boys’ basketball coach Scott Stanfield drew national attention after an unusually public announcement last month that mounting hostilities from parents had convinced him to resign at season’s end. Since Stanfield went public on…