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The Benefits of Purpose-based Participation are Vast and Powerful

Sports are a valued part of our culture. We value sports because we believe the students that are involved acquire something through their participation. But have we ever looked closely at how they benefit? What do the students who participate in our programs actually get and what is the purpose of education-based sports? In a…

InSideOut Initiative aims to ‘reclaim’ purpose of youth sports

Browns offensive lineman John Greco can still remember the impact his high school and college coaches had on him on and off the field. And there’s something about Hue Jackson that reminds him of the men who helped mold the now 10-year NFL veteran. “The way he carries himself, you’re willing to do anything you can…

Bengals Host Event for Local Athletic Officials

The InSideOut Initiative, in partnership with the Bengals, the NFL Foundation and the Ohio High School Athletic Association, hosted an event for local school athletic officials at Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday. “Our purpose is to help make youngsters better citizens and to help teach them life lessons that they’re going to carry with them…

Ohio Continues with Next Phase of InsideOut Initiative to Combat “Win-at-All Costs” Sports Mentality

Ohio is continuing this week with the next phase of the InsideOut Initiative, which is focused on transforming the culture of the high school “win-at-all-costs” mentality. The initiative, which has the support of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA), National Football League Foundation and other local and national…

Coaching: A Path With Heart

Why do I coach? The legendary football coach Vince Lombardi was famous for his belief in teaching fundamentals of the game. On the first day of training camp with a football in hand, Coach walked to the front of the room, took several seconds to look over his team in silence, held out the ball…

Arlington ISD to send cheer squads to school going through tragedy

“This effort may never have happened if we had not implemented the InSideOut Initiative Character Lessons. Because of the Initiative, our kids now see a world bigger than themselves.” Kevin Ozee, Director of Athletics, Arlington ISD “This is a wonderful display of the human spirit uniting around our common humanity. We are thrilled to play a small part, but know it is your transformative leadership and modeling of moral character that is overcoming a host of issues that try to separate our Oneness.  Kudos to the NFL Foundation and the Dallas Cowboys for investing in the belief we all can bring out the best in each other and our students.” Joe & Jody

UA House At Fayette Hosts Star-Studded Grand Opening

As grand openings go, they don’t come much grander than the one that was held for the multi-million dollar renovation of a community center in East Baltimore largely financed by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank. InSideOut is proud to have its Baltimore office at the UA House!

Tri-City United and MSHSL’s ‘Why We Play’

Sports and activities can be an amazing extension of the classroom to learn how to be cooperative, courageous, self-giving, compassionate, hardworking and competitive. Coaches and advisors need to be intentional in their activities’ programs to accomplish this. It is not enough to say our students will just learn this without guidance and purpose-driven coaching.

‘Why We Play’: Education-based coaching takes hold in district

An education-based coaching philosophy, “Why We Play,” has been promoted by the Minnesota State High School League and is gaining popularity throughout the U.S. and is part of Le Sueur-Henderson coaches’ professional development efforts. It’s an effort to teach respect, responsibility and preparation for life beyond sports.

School board presidents: Use InSideOut to start a discussion on the role of sports

CASB would like to encourage all boards of education to take a few minutes to review the material supplied by CHSAA and watch a short video about the benefits of the InSideOut Initiative. Hopefully this will lead to a discussion among members of boards of education regarding the role of athletics in the overall education process.