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Contact:  John Johnson
517.332.5046 or media@mhsaa.com

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Jan. 27 – One of the features of the MHSAA’s School Broadcast Program is that it provides students with a hands-on opportunity to learn about video production, and now those efforts will be rewarded with the creation of the SBP Excellence Awards, underwritten by Herff Jones, a partner of PlayOn! Sports and the NFHS Network.

The program is open to school participating in the School Broadcast Program across the state.  Individuals will be honored in five categories, and a Program of the Year award will be presented as well.

“What sets our School Broadcast Program apart from some other platforms on which schools can stream video is being under a common umbrella with other schools; a safe location away from content incompatible with the nature of school schools; the ability to archive longer; and now, not only being an educational program for students, but one that rewards those which demonstrate excellence,” said John E. “Jack” Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA.  “We feel that our School Broadcast Programm is the most attractive option available to our members wishing to reach out to their immediate and worldwide constituents and tell the many stories of what’s happening in their buildings.”

The School Broadcast Program, powered by PlayOn! Sports, is a platform which schools can utilize to reach members of their community about activities taking place in their buildings, providing recognition for students while at the same time giving them hands-on opportunities to gain broadcasting experience and providing schools an opportunity to realize additional revenues for their programs.  Schools interested in becoming a part of the School Broadcast Program should contact John Johnson at the MHSAA Office.

“Herff Jones is pleased to be partnering with the MHSAA in helping to recognize the efforts our schools and young people,” said Dave Loney, a Lansing-based representative for Herff Jones.  “School and school activities are about making memories and preparing kids for tomorrow, and our involvement in School Broadcast Program across Michigan and across the country is exciting.”

Submissions for the SBP Excellence Awards will be accepted online through the MHSAA Website until April 15.  The entry form, contest rules and other information are available on School Broadcast Program page of the MHSAA Website.

Each week, packages of highlights produced by schools in the  School Broadcast Program are featured on the MHSAA.tv website and the MHSAA YouTube Channel.

This week’s package of School Broadcast Program Highlights from the week of Jan. 20 includes the following events:

Here’s the schedule of School Broadcast Program members planning to cover games in the coming week, some of which will be available at MHSAA.tv shortly after each game’s conclusion (All games varsity and delayed unless noted):

The network for the weekly radio commentary MHSAA Perspective – presented by the Michigan Army National Guard – has now grown to a total of 86 radio stations (80)  and audio webcast sites (6) across the state, generally during the local broadcasts of high school games.  The program runs for 30 weeks through the end of the winter sports season.  MHSAA Perspective can also be accessed from the home page of the MHSAA Website.  Visit the MHSAA Perspective page of the MHSAA Website for a complete list of network affiliates.

This week’s MHSAA Perspective is titled:  Hoop Trafficking (3:50).   In this week's edition of Perspective, John Johnson talks about an end-around play being done on legitimate foreign exchange programs to recruit athletes. (3:50)

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