Minnesota Updates

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…

Local Initiative Strives To Change Youth Sports Culture

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota played host last week to the biggest event in professional sports. But the Super Bowl Host Committee and the NFL used the event to put a spotlight on youth and high school sports as well. “In 2015, we lived in an $8-billion youth sport industry. So, really, an industry that centers on adults making a living through…

High school adopts new initiative, mindset for sports

Albert Lea High School athletics are attempting to combat more than one type of turnover with a newly adopted athletic program initiative. The 2017-18 school year is the first to showcase InsideOut, an initiative under the “Why We Play” umbrella that works to focus more on purpose than passing yards and points. Albert Lea Athletic…

NFL and Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine work to reduce “win-at-all-costs” culture

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KTTC) – When it comes to sports, most people tend to think about the win, but there’s more to it than that. It’s called the InSideOut Initiative, and the goal is to transform the “win-at-all-costs” mentality in sports. The NFL, along with Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine put on an event in Minneapolis, Tuesday, to reach…

Minnesota Update: Celebrating the WHY WE PLAY InSideOut Team Cohort

What a year—the continued engagement from so many of Minnesota’s athletic leaders is inspiring—and I’m excited to see what 2018 brings. But before looking ahead to the new year, I want to first take a look back to assess where we’ve been, consider where we’re going, and project how we can continue to promote the…

Fergus Falls activities director recognized at 2017 Prep Bowl

On Saturday Fergus Falls Activities Director Derek Abrahams was one of 37 athletic administrators from Minnesota recognized at the 2017 Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium for their participation in the Minnesota State High School League’s (MSHL) — Why We Play InsideOut Team Cohort program. The Why We Play InsideOut Team Cohort program is a…

BHS’ Hendricks receives leadership award

The Minnesota State High School League recently announced Bemidji High School Activities Director Troy Hendricks as a recipient of the Why We Play Leadership Citation Award. Hendricks, who also is the BHS head football coach, received the award on Saturday as part of the MSHSL Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium. The award was presented…