Minnesota Updates

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…

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…

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…