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It’s hard to treat nicely people who act nasty. It requires, in fact, a supercharged Golden Rule that says “Do unto others better than they may do unto you.”

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For most of us, the really important people are the “everyday heroes” who influenced our lives without fanfare or tribute.

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Posted in: Perspective
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Under the radar, in communities across Michigan and the nation, school-based competitive athletic programs are doing good things for students, schools and society.

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What we are talking about today are not only overdue changes, they are insufficient if we really want to return school sports to the central, most coveted and compelling sports experience for youth. 

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For multiple reasons, the multiple-sport experience is best. We must strive continually to make that experience possible for most of our student-athletes.

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No level of football but this – for the youngest players who have the most vulnerable skulls – allows the idiocy of three games in a weekend

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The idea to conduct one or more high school football bowl games in Florida in late December is a bad idea on every possible level of consideration. 

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Posted in: Football
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Next school year and in 2016-17 the focus will be the fourth “H”: hearts

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Posted in: Health & Safety
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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.

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.