Plans For Second Sportsmanship
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --April 24, 1998
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford --517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - April 24 - Fueled
by a standing-room-only turnout in 1997, the Michigan High School
Athletic Association has begun plans for its second Sportsmanship
Summit, to take place on September 23 at the Lansing Center in
The scene was incredible on September 24, 1997. With original
plans for about 500 people, just over 800 school administrators,
coaches, teachers, student-athletes and community leaders were
in attendance at the inaugural Sportsmanship Summit. Over 100
people were turned away. For the 1998 program, space will be
limited to the first 1,200 registrants.
"The 1997 Sportsmanship Summit told us that sportsmanship
is still the most important product of sponsor-school sports
programs," said John E. "Jack" Roberts, executive
director of the MHSAA. "Our follow-up meetings also told
us that a statewide summit was worth doing a second time, but
not necessarily every year. Since the best sportsmanship solution
is local involvement, we hope that meetings in some subsequent
years will be primarily at the local or regional level."
Sportsmanship Summit II will feature three outstanding keynote
speakers. Tom Osborne, retired football coach from the University
of Nebraska; JoJo White, a Hall of Fame baseball star from the
Boston Celtics; and nationally-recognized speaker Dr. Al Burr
of St. Louis, Mo., will deliver the primary speeches in the morning
portion of the program.
The afternoon sessions will have tracks specifically designed
for students and coaches; boosters, school board members and
parents; and school administrators.
The Sportsmanship Summit is open to the public, and the $20
registration fee includes conference materials and lunch. For
additional information, contact the MHSAA at 1661 Ramblewood
Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823. Telephone: 517.332.5046.