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First Four Steps of Turning Vision into Action

This is the second of a three-part series about managing and moving past resistance to change in your school community. You can read the first blog post here. Change is not the problem—it’s the resistance to change that is the problem. As school and sports leaders, it can feel like you’re constantly taking two steps…

Helping Youth See Their Value with Education-Based Athletics

Today’s students are under an incredible amount of pressure: academic pressure, achievement pressure, peer pressure, performance pressure and parental pressure to name a few. All of this is occurring at a developmental time in life when they are starting to separate from their parents and family in search of an identity and a path for…

How to Lead an Effective Conference-Wide Captains Council

As we continue on the InSideOut Initiative journey, people often ask, “what’s next” or “when are we done” or “what about the students?” One of the most important things for any coach or athletic administrator to remember is the journey to a purpose-based life is never “done.” The focus on what’s next is understandable, but…

How a Titans-sponsored initiative could change Tennessee high school athletics

A program sponsored by the Titans and the NFL Foundation and adopted by the TSSAA aims to eliminate a “win at all costs” mentality in high school athletics. The InSideOut Initiative promotes sports as an experience for human growth. “This is something that we feel is definitely needed,” TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said. “We’ve got to get back…

Using a Captains Council to Grow Student-Leaders

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey S. Firestone How do you grow your student leaders? Leadership is one of the most important skills we can help our youth develop, and sports provides the perfect medium to practice and grow leaders. Surveys even show the vast majority of…

WRCF Recognizes High School Football Coaches With Day Of Special Seminars

As a way to recognize their hard work over the last few football seasons, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation on Friday, April 13, hosted the Redskins High School Coach of the Week Celebration at FedExField for a special day of presentations. The previous winners, along with more coaches from the annual 4th & Life High School…

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…

The Equation for Change: Discontent x Vision x First Steps > Resistance

We are all at a different place in our InSideOut journey towards living and leading a purpose-based life and becoming the best version of ourselves. We commit to this work so we can become a better leader for our coaches, athletes, and parents in an attempt to change the win-at-all-costs sports culture in our community….

March Madness Teaches Us All Many Valuable Lessons

One of our nation’s favorite times of the year just wrapped up this week—the NCAA Basketball Tournament known as March Madness. The excitement that captivates millions annually is almost surreal—nearly everyone fills out a bracket whether they have seen any of the teams play all season long or not. So why do so many of…

The Best Day of our Lives: Prep Tourney Time

It is tournament season across the nation; the time of year where we are reminded why we love prep sports. Texas has its playoff football, Indiana has its basketball, and Minnesota’s has its state high school hockey tournament. This year on the opening day of the large-school hockey tournament, there were 10 NHL games across…