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InSideOut Initiative - Ohio

About the InSideOut Initiative

The InSideOut Initiative focused on transforming the culture of the high school “win-at-all-costs” mentality is launching in Ohio with the support of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, National Football League Foundation and other local and national organizations. The initiative takes a critical look at interscholastic athletics by encouraging a system that focuses on the development of the educational, social and emotional well-being of each student-athlete.
First piloted by the NFL in Colorado and Texas in 2015, the InSideOut Initiative encourages educational leaders, state athletic associations and local NFL teams to partner together to address the brokenness of the sports culture. The initiative is engaging stakeholders in strategic conversation to re-define the role of interscholastic sports in the lives of students and communities. 
Ohio is the next state to launch this Initiative, thanks to comprehensive funding from the National Football League Foundation.

OHSAA Resources

“This initiative is something that we have talked about for several years, and now we’re seeing it come to fruition,” said Dan Ross, Commissioner of the OHSAA. “This is needed in today’s society and will help us reemphasize what the real purpose is of our interscholastic athletic programs, which is to provide educational opportunities. We’re certainly pleased that the InsideOut Initiative is in Ohio and will provide guidance for our schools.”