District Accepting Applications for Athletic Study Group

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Youth sports are a multibillion-dollar industry in the United States.  Young people are starting competitive athletics at younger ages, but we see declining participation in high school athletics.  As a district, the time commitment of coaches has increased – so has the stress and pressure created by changing expectations.

Dr. John Marschhausen is convening an Athletic Study Group to examine the purpose of middle and high school athletics.  “Alignment of purpose is critical to a healthy culture,” shares Marschhausen.  “We need to enumerate the mission of our athletic programs in the Hilliard Schools.  All programs should be aligned with the district’s overall mission to prepare each student to be Ready for Tomorrow.”

The Athletic Study Group will examine current research in the area of successful interscholastic programs and examine the district’s existing investment in coaches and facilities.  Dr. Marschhausen is passionate about this work; he will serve as the Study Group Chair.  Applications will be accepted through Saturday, November 30, 2019.   Committee Membership will be selected to include a diverse group of community members that bring varying views and experiences to the table.  The Athletic Study Group will present findings to the Board of Education in a public Business Meeting in the Spring.

The group will tentatively meet four times, between January and March.  There will be time for small group discussions between meetings.  If you are interested in applying to be part of the Hilliard Athletic Study Group, please complete the online application.