CHAMPS Clinics Debut In 1999 At LP Girls Volleyball
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -October 20, 1998
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford 517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Oct. 20 - To enhance
the atmosphere of selected tournament finals, the Michigan High
School Athletic Association will launch a series of youth clinics
beginning in 1999, with the first such clinic to be conducted
at its Lower Peninsula Girls Volleyball Finals on March 20, 1999.
The working title for the program is the CHAMPS Clinic. CHAMPS
(Cooperation, Hard Work, Attitude, Motivation, Participation,
Sportsmanship) Clinics will target junior high/middle school-aged
students and their parents in a two-hour workshop designed to
provide game skills and life skills information. The CHAMPS
Clinics are free, and are underwritten by Farm Bureau Insurance
and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.
Approximately 150 youngsters and their parents from the greater
Kalamazoo area are scheduled to take part in the inaugural CHAMPS
Clinic, utilizing University Arena and its adjacent recreational
facilities the morning of the Lower Peninsula Girls Volleyball
"The concept behind the CHAMPS Clinics is to provide young
people, who have had a taste of a sport, additional training
in fundamental skills in that activity, and the realization that
game skills are really a small portion of what's needed for life,"
said John E. "Jack" Roberts, executive director of
the MHSAA. "The fact that the young people involved, and
their parents, will hear information about academics, sportsmanship,
teamwork, and what may lie ahead after playing a sport in high
school, will make this a truly educational experience for all
CHAMPS Clinic participants and their parents will also be guests
of the MHSAA for the Lower Peninsula Girls Volleyball Finals
later that day, and the participating youngsters will be recognized
during one of the championship matches.
Roberts added that expansion of the CHAMPS Clinic series to
other MHSAA Finals will be based on its inaugural program this
March. Former Kalamazoo Central Athletic Director Blake Hagman,
who also serves as the tournament manager for the Lower Peninsula
Girls Volleyball Finals, is coordinating the first CHAMPS Clinic.
Additional information about the CHAMPS Clinic series will be
announced at a future date.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public, private and parochial high schools
and junior high/middle schools. No government funds or tax dollars
support the MHSAA, which does not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools may participate in MHSAA
tournaments conducted in 12 sports for girls and 12 sports for
boys which attract approximately 1.3 million spectators each