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January 29, 2015
The final home track meet for Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C., started off like any other. Athletes warmed up, fans filled the stands, and timers were at the ready. But on this day, a special announcement drew everyone's attention to a student-athlete standing in the center of the field before the first event could begin. In February, Gideon Kapange, one of Olympic's top middle distance runners in 2012, was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. He had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments... more
January 29, 2015
Most recently hired coaches get to know their new communities through speaking engagements and a lot of hand shaking. Dave Doeren, first-year Head Football Coach at North Carolina State University, learned how to knock one out of the park, swing himself out of a sand trap, and shoot a bulls-eye in order to introduce himself to Wolfpack fans and alumni. Through a promotion titled, "Dare Coach D," Doeren was challenged to keep up with the athletes on six N.C. State teams--softball, bass fishing,... more
January 29, 2015
It's no secret that today's parents want a say in their children's high school athletic teams. But what happens when their voices lead to coaches being fired? In Minnesota, state legislators have tackled this issue by introducing a law that makes it illegal to fire a coach entirely because of parent criticism. A statement reading, "The existence of parent complaints must not be the sole reason for a board to not renew a coaching contract," was added to an existing piece of legislation and... more
January 29, 2015
Hosting a tournament is a surefire way to raise money. Peninsula Community College in Port Angeles, Wash., found out that such an event can also build community when it hosted "Rumble in the Rainforest" this past spring. A one-day fundraiser for the men's and women's soccer programs, the tournament brought together teams that don't normally play against each other and fans of all ages. "It was primarily a fundraiser, but beyond that, I saw it as a way to get the community excited about the... more
January 29, 2015
Connecticut Association of Athletic DirectorsFred Balsamo has a history of transforming programs. When he became Athletic Director at Middletown (Conn.) High School in 1979, he introduced new policies and athletic participation tripled. When his school merged with another in 1983, he used athletics to ease the tension between the two student bodies. Leaving Middletown in 1996 for East Haven High School in New Haven, Conn., he took over a brand new athletic program. Three of his teams made state... more
January 29, 2015
With student-athletes on board, this high school transformed an away venue into a home-field advantage.By Stephanie Hare Stephanie Hare is Athletic Supervisor at Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she will be starting her third year this fall. She can be reached at: share@fhps.net. In the fall of 2012, I was approached by the West Michigan Whitecaps, a nearby Class A minor league baseball team, with an intriguing proposition. The management at its facility, Fifth... more

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