Girls Basketball Motivational Tape
To Be Distributed To Schools By GM; Production Features MHSAA
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --October 8, 1998
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford-- 517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - October 8 - In mid-October,
every high school in the state of Michigan, including non Michigan
High School Athletic Association member schools, will be receiving
a motivational videotape to distribute to each of their girls
basketball players through the courtesy of the General Motors
"You Got Next" is the title of an 18-minute video
which delivers a motivational message to girls basketball players,
featuring coaches and athletes from the Women's National Basketball
Association. The production also includes a substantial amount
of footage of MHSAA Girls Basketball championship games.
"The footage of MHSAA championship games really compliments
the message that is being delivered in 'You Got Next,'"
said MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts.
"The message is one that talks about hard work, teamwork,
ethics, integrity and respect; a combination some of today's
professional athletes do not espouse. We're appreciative of
the more positive role modeling being done by the WNBA players
and coaches in this video.
"The footage of high school championship games is something
that most players watching this video will more easily identify
with than action from professional games," Roberts added.
"When you're setting goals, playing in a high school championship
game looms as a larger possibility than playing professionally
Every school will be sent at least 30 copies of "You Got
Next" to be distributed to players on the varsity and sub
varsity teams at no cost. Additional tapes may also be obtained
without charge. Each school will be asked to have their players
complete a brief questionnaire about the video after watching
In 1997-98, there were 19,948 participants in girls basketball
programs at 698 MHSAA member schools, the number of players ranking
third nationally to only Texas and California. Michigan is the
first state in which "You Got Next" will be distributed.
The video was produced by Detroit-based sportscasters Eli Zaret
and Gary Danielson.