Keynote Speakers Announced For
Women In Sports Leadership Conference
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 11, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Andy Frushour-- 517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Jan 11 - Author Leslie
Charles headlines the major speakers for the 12th annual Women
In Sports Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Michigan High
School Athletic Association, which will take place at the Sheraton
Lansing Hotel, February 6-7.
Charles, the author of the book, "Why Is Everybody So Cranky?"
will deliver the opening address to the anticipated crowd of
over 500 on February 6.
The other keynote speakers for this year's conference are Dr.
Rene¢ Rochester of Austin, Texas, the founder of the Urban
Strengthening Educating and Training Ministry. The former two-sport
performer at the University of Texas will be the banquet speaker
on the first day of the conference. The other general session
speaker will be LPGA professional Pam Wright, who will talk the
morning of the second day of the conference.
"Rekindling the Spirit" is the theme for this year's
conference, providing a focus for the administrators, student-athletes,
coaches and officials in attendance. As in past years, registration
for the nation's first and longest-running program of its type
is limited to 500.
Other conference presentors, as of January 10, are:
-- Dr. Marty Ewing and Lori Gano-Overway,
Youth Sports Institute, Michigan State University; will present
a workshop session, "Sportsmanship - Helping One Another
Maintain The Spirit Of The Game."
-- Sheila Tansey, Women's Golf Academy; will
present a coaches workshop, "Nix The Extraneous;" and
a student-athlete's workshop, "Focus On Excellence."
-- Donna Hensey, United Dairy Industry of
Michigan, will present a workshop, "Athletes & Nutrition."
-- John Kirk and Cary McGehee, registered
MHSAA officials, Flint; will present a workshop, "Women
-- Susie Merchant, Eastern Michigan University
Women's Basketball Coach; will present a workshop, "Team
-- Pat and Carol Milkovich, Rochester; will
present a workshop, "Drugs & Alcohol: To Use Or Not
In addition, there will be a Student Leadership
Workshop each day, conducted by David Dye of the Ruster Foundation
of Sturgis. This has been one of the most popular student attractions
of past Women In Sports Leadership Conferences.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public and private senior high schools
and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common
rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government
funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such
association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these
rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments conducted
in 12 sports for girls and 12 sports for boys which attract approximately
1.3 million spectators each year.