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Ravens Honor Baltimore Public High School Football Teams

Each week on Monday Night Football, ESPN highlights a local high school football team that has a strong connection to the home team in that evening’s game. The Baltimore Ravens elected not to showcase just one team—but instead all 18 Baltimore City Public school high school football squads and their partnership with the InSideOut Initiative. Click here…

Aligning Your Everyday Practices with the InSideOut Initiative

So you’ve read the book InsideOut Coaching by Joe Erhman and you’ve started to develop some common language around goals versus purpose, transformational coaching and moral character in your school community. You feel good about the progress made so far and believe there is room in our current win-at-all-costs sports culture for purpose-based athletics. So…

Indiana Educational Leaders Continue Discussions to Transform the “Win‐at‐all‐Costs” Sports Culture

The InSideOut Initiative—a nonprofit aimed at transforming the “win‐at‐all‐costs” sports culture in communities across the country—launched in Indiana, in partnership with the IHSAA Foundation and the Indianapolis Colts in August. Today the discussion continues. Sports engage more individuals, families, and communities in a shared experience than any other cultural activity, organization or religion. Three out…

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…

An Attitude of Gratitude

In education-based athletics, transformational leaders embrace a definition of success which looks very different from how the final scoreboard might read. Appreciating opponents and demonstrating gratitude are core virtues of purpose-centered youth sports. Each November as Thanksgiving and the holiday season nears, we are given a new opportunity to reflect and give thanks. Each of…

Making a Difference, One Small Act at a Time

Recently, a request came through on the InSideOut Initiative website from Melanie H., a teacher/advisor at a low-income, rural school in Marion, Alabama. Melanie explained, “I have students who are female athletes and are in desperate need of sports bras, socks and other athletic gear. I am looking for ways to connect the female athletes…