This nation must awaken to the reality that physical literacy is as important to our future as reading and writing have been in our past.

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It has been a brilliant blend of successes and failures and wins and losses that work together in school sports to help form healthy, happy adults.

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The positive educational outcomes of interscholastic athletics do not happen by chance. 

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We will be digging deeper into the reports . . .  but we already see one suspected theme is being confirmed: more concussions reported for girls than for boys.

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During the 2016-17 school year, there will be two new opportunities for MHSAA member schools to consider with respect to cooperative programs.

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Data from the most recent fall and winter seasons tends to demonstrate that schools in the pilot programs reported more concussions than non-pilot schools . . .

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New for 2016-17 is that schools may join the MHSAA at the 6th-grade level and up (not 7th). This change . . . has three obvious benefits:

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Spring tournaments pose potential for more conflicts than fall or winter tournaments because of many school-year-ending activities that are important to students and parents . . . 

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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 a 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 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 educators in a school for Chinese students in Shanghai.