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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…

Aligning Common Language With School Boards

There are a number of important steps to creating a purpose-based interscholastic athletics culture. One key undertaking is the adoption of a common language within your school community. A question many coaches and athletic directors ask is how to establish a common language and subsequent buy-in from school administration and school boards. It is easy…

Redskins hold annual 4th and Life high school football forum

LANDOVER, MD. (WUSA9) – This week hundreds of D.C. area high school football players participated in a life changing event: the 4th and Life football forum hosted by the Redskins charitable foundation. It’s the 15th time the organization has held the event so it has impacted a lot of lives. Former Redskins star Doc Walker…

Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s 4th And Life Reaches Out To The Future

The NCAA reported that in 2017, 6.8 percent of high school football players go on to play in college. Only 1.9 percent of those athletes reach the NFL. To offer advice to those young players still pursuing their dreams, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation invited student-athletes from seven local high schools to its annual 4th and…

InSideOut Initiative Moves Forward in California

In partnership with the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, California Interscholastic Federation and the NFL Foundation, InSideOut California kicked off last week with hundreds of educational leaders in Los Angeles and San Diego, California. Over two days of exploring transformational leadership and education-based athletics, here are some things we heard from educational leaders on their…

Why Playing for a Greater Cause is More than Just a Game

Education-based athletics are about the human growth and development of all participants. Often times once a coach and the program have a purpose statement in place the question we hear is: “But how do I actually bring my purpose statement to life?” One of the simplest strategies is to play for a greater cause than…

OHIO INSIDEOUT INITIATIVE TAKING HOLD IN SCHOOLS

The InSideOut Coaching Initiative, supported by the NFL Foundation in partnership with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, with the direct involvement of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is gaining momentum in schools across the state. The InSideOut Initiative focuses on transforming the culture of the…

InSideOut Initiative, Aimed at Transforming “Win-At-All-Costs” Sports Culture, Launches in Los Angeles

The InSideOut Initiative – a nonprofit aimed at transforming the “win-at-all-costs” sports culture in communities across the country and co-founded by NFL veteran Joe Ehrmann and Jody Redman – today launched in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams teamed to host trainings in partnership with the California Interscholastic Federation and educational leaders at the LAX Airport…

InSideOut California to Launch this Week

In partnership with the Rams, Chargers, California Interscholastic Federation and the National Football League Foundation, InSideOut California is kicking off today and tomorrow in Los Angeles and San Diego, California. We’re gathering together hundreds of educational leaders from across the state to discuss the reclaiming the educational purpose of athletics in our school communities—and how to…

Initiative to Improve Prep Sports Culture Admirable

People enjoy winning, whether it’s the lottery, a poetry competition or checkers. High school athletes are no different. A victory is validation for the hours of practices. However, a “win-at-all-costs” culture is not what the Indiana High School Athletic Association wants schools to cultivate. In fact, it is taking steps to curb it by rolling…