Week after week, the people profiled will credit the extracurricular activities of their formal education for launching their successful careers.

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What is frustrating . . . is that the caller’s complaint is so often about something the MHSAA is without authority and responsibility to fix.

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Taxpayers of the state want their elected officials to run an offense to move the ball across the goal line, with little razzle-dazzle and no punts. 

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Posted in: Leadership

. . . a sterile, bubble-wrapped world teaches us less than one in which we are allowed to play with fire . . .

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This week it was announced that the MI HEARTSafe School Award Program will honor 122 elementary, middle and high schools in Michigan this month for demonstrating their preparedness for cardiac emergencies.

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Posted in: Health & Safety
College coaches from coast to coast report a preference for high school athletes who have competed in multiple seasons . . .

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Posted in: Specialization

The second remarkable feature of this remarkable group of 200 was that the number of boys almost equaled the number of girls. This almost never happens . . .

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Over the years, school sports has been asked to address much more than what occurs on the practice or playing field.

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About the Author

Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts has been at the helm of the MHSAA as its Executive Director since 1986, implementing programs and overseeing tournament administration and regulations for the Association which boasts 1,500 member schools, 11,000 registered officials and 13,000 head coaches.

During the last 43 years, Roberts has spoken to educator and athletic groups, business leaders and civic groups in almost every state and five Canadian provinces. He is one of the nation's most articulate advocates for educational athletics.

Roberts has served on several national association boards and is the first chairman of the NFHS Network board of directors. He has been board president for the Refugee Development Center: for six years, and is past-chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He was selected to the board of trustees for the Capital Region Community Foundation in December of 2013.

He is a 1970 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he played defensive safety for the Ivy League's winningest football team during that span, and he sang in Dartmouth's close harmony vocal group.

His wife, Peggy, has recently retired from a 30-year career in social services, and is serving as president of the board of the Fenner Nature Conservancy in Lansing. 

Jack and Peggy are passionate world travelers and have two grown sons: John, who - with his partner, Liliana Garces - are on the school of education faculty at Penn State University; and Luke, who - with his wife, Alison - are international school educators in Wuxi, China.