In August of 2017, the InSideOut Initiative launched in Indiana, in partnership with the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana High School Athletic Association, and the Indiana High School Athletic Association Foundation.
“The Indianapolis Colts are proud to support the InsideOut Initiative here in Indiana,” said Pete Ward, Chief Operating Officer of the Indianapolis Colts. “We believe that while accomplishments on the field should be celebrated, they should in no way exceed the character growth of the student throughout their high school sports experience.”
Indiana is the most recent state to launch this Initiative, thanks to comprehensive funding from the National Football League Foundation.
“The InSideOut Initiative stands as a critical opportunity for Indiana high schools to reclaim the narrative about what high school sports and youth sports, in general, should really be all about,” said Bobby Cox, Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). “We are excited to bring the InSideOut Initiative to Indiana and enhance the student athlete experience in the Hoosier State.”
For sports to provide students with the human growth and moral development opportunities they deserve, we must move beyond defining success by the scoreboard and create space in the culture for a higher purpose. Indiana is committed to creating that space, starting now.