Minnesota Updates

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…

Two district activities directors to be presented with athletic leadership award

South Washington County Schools is happy to announce Activities Directors Phil Kuemmel (Park High School) and Joel Olson (East Ridge High School) were honored on Saturday, November 25 for their state-wide leadership in educational athletics. Kuemmel and Olson received the Why We Play Leadership Citation Award, which recognizes school athletics and activity administrations for their…

Century AD Recognized for Transformational Leadership

Century activities director Mark Kuisle will be one of 37 athletic administrators who will be recognized for their transformational leadership during halftime of the Prep Bowl Class AAAAA championship football game on Saturday. The athletic administrators are all part of the Why We Play InsideOut Team Cohort, a professional learning community which is working to develop transformational,…

Northland athletic directors join statewide effort to focus on people, not winning

PROCTOR, MN – High school athletics goes far beyond the scoreboard, and three area athletic directors will be honored on Saturday for their efforts to make that thinking even more common than it is today. Proctor’s Dan Stauber, Grand Rapids’ Anne Campbell, and Hibbing’s Meghan Potter are among 37 athletic directors set to be honored Saturday at…

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….

Administrator’s Corner: Playing for a Great Cause

Administrator’s Corner by Afton Wacholz Education-based athletics is an opportunity for students to grow and develop, not only as athletes but also as human beings. We value sports because we believe students who are involved acquire something meaningful through their participation. Coaches and athletes at Albert Lea High School are joining in the crusade to…

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…

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…

InSideOut Team Cohort Kicks off in Minnesota

Last month, a group of 72 athletic administrators from across the state came together for the first of 10 InSideOut Team cohort sessions. Joe and I facilitated the day of personal reflection, and are excited to see this team grow as leaders in administering purpose-based athletic programs. Here’s a recap of what we discussed: The…

Teaching Student Athletes: Why A Sport Is More Than A Sport

Student athletes in the Minnesota State High School League Valley Conference are taking part in a different kind of practice, learning how to apply the skills from their sports to school and beyond their athletic career. Often the focus in high school sports is the score at the end, but it can be about a…