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On Going Pro

Less than 3% of high school athletes will go on to play college athletics. Of those college athletes, less than 1% will ever play sports professionally. Yet youth sports has evolved into a multibillion-dollar industry that can foster an unhealthy and pressure-filled environment for student-athletes and can place unrealistic expectations on them. The reality is,…

After The Game

After a difficult loss or disappointing performance, what student athletes need most from their parents and families is motivation, support, and a listening ear—not criticism. As one student said, “If I mess up, I know I messed up, so you telling me that is not necessarily going to help.” It’s important that parents remember their…

Parental Pressure

For some students, having their parents on the sidelines or in the stands during a game can make for a pressure-filled experience. Students may even tell their parents not to come in order to eliminate that pressure, allowing them to actually have fun and enjoy playing the game. When parents set aside their expectations and…

Failure is Necessary

We believe a student athlete’s success isn’t defined by the number on the scoreboard at the end of the game, but rather by the fun they had playing, the relationship they made, and the values they learned along the way.  Failure is inevitable, and it provides an opportunity for growth and development that will prepare…

InSideOut Initiative Kicks Off In Virginia

On December 2nd, in partnership with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Virginia High School League, and the NFL Foundation, educational and athletic leaders from across the region gathered to build consensus on reclaiming the educational purpose of sports and set the stage for implementation of the InSideOut Initiative in Virginia. Communities must align around a…

InSideOut Initiative Launches in Virginia in Partnership with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Virginia High School League and the NFL Foundation

Virginia Educational and Athletic Leaders Team Up to Transform the “Win-at-all-Costs” Sports Culture FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The InSideOut Initiative—a nonprofit aimed at transforming the “win-at-all-costs” sports culture in communities across the country—launches Monday in Virginia, in partnership with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Virginia High School League, and the NFL Foundation….

A Parent’s Role

Every student wants to feel supported when they’re giving it their all out on the field; fans and spectators are an important part of any game or match.  But that support doesn’t always come in a positive form. We’ve all seen or heard a parent yell at a referee (or even their own child) during…

Why We Play

 Almost 8 million high school students play sports around the country. And for the vast majority of them, their sports careers end the day they graduate. Less than 3% of high school athletes go on to play college athletics, and of those students, an even smaller fraction will ever play sports professionally. So why…

The Power of Coach

Each year we are presented with an opportunity to provide growth-filled experiences for the students we coach. We show up prepared to give the students we interact with much of what we think they want and need. In a recent video, produced in partnership with the InSideOut Initiative, the MSHSL, MSHSCA and MNIAAA, called the…

TSSAA Promotes Sportsmanship And Purpose In School Sports

From Chattanoogan.com >> October 28, 2019 will be another important day for education-based athletics in Tennessee as the Tennessee Titans will host another day of InsideOut Initiative workshops for schools across the state. More than 100 schools have attended at least one training since the initiative began last year and about 100 faculty members attended…