“You can’t prime the pump with water that’s already run down creek.”

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It should be noted that the pioneering leaders of schools and school sports in Michigan were bold, cutting-edge administrators, far ahead of their time in many ways. 

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 I can attend the same event several years in a row and see most of the same volunteers serving year after year. 

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Today, meaningful matters often get buried in trivia while the most inane and inaccurate stories and comments can go viral overnight.

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While football – the highest participation sport – has had the most concussions, the sports that follow are girls basketball (second) and girls soccer (third).

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This nation’s patriots are not merely those who lived at the birth of this nation.

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. . . when we consider any of these things in Michigan, we need much better rationale than a show of hands.

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I have come to count on and enjoy three times of the year which serve as the major planning periods for my work at the Michigan High School Athletic Association. 

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About the Author

Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts has been at the helm of the MHSAA as its Executive Director since 1986, implementing programs and overseeing tournament administration and regulations for the Association which boasts 1,500 member schools, 10,000 registered officials and 13,000 head coaches.

During the last 44 years, Roberts has spoken to educator and athletic groups, business leaders and civic groups in almost every state and five Canadian provinces. He is one of the nation's most articulate advocates for educational athletics.

Roberts has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), is in his second term on the board of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and is the first chairman of the NFHS Network board of directors. He has been board president for the Refugee Development Center for seven years, and is a past-chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. He is vice chair and secretary of the board of trustees for the Capital Region Community Foundation.

He is a 1970 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he played defensive safety for the Ivy League's winningest football team during that span, and he sang in Dartmouth's close harmony vocal group.

His wife, Peggy, has retired from a 30-year career in social services, and is serving as president of the board of the Fenner Nature Conservancy in Lansing.