Gearing Up For the Spring Conference
I hope all of you have had a great school year so far and your winter
sports season is progressing nicely without a lot of surprises.
of us were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the
National NIAAA Conference in San Antonio this past month. The city of
San Antonio was a wonderful host and the conference itself was terrific.
If you were unable to attend and would like to see the notes from the various workshops
at the national conference those are accessible from the NIAAA website.
we gear up for the Spring MIAAA Conference I want to share some
conference information with you. This year’s conference dates are April
5-9 and once again will be held at the beautiful Tantara Resort in Osage
Beach. We are very excited to have Greg Dale from Duke University as
our keynote speaker. Greg is a Professor of Sport Psychology and Sport
Ethics at Duke University. He is also the Director of the Sport
Psychology and Leadership Programs for Duke Athletics. In addition to
his work with Duke athletes and coaches, Greg consults with numerous
college and professional athletes and teams. Some of us had the pleasure
of hearing Greg speak at the National Conference in San Antonio and I
think everyone will very much enjoy hearing his experiences and
presentation. I’m also very excited about the workshop topics and
presenters selected this year. I think you will find topics of interest
that apply to all of us and very knowledgeable presenters to share their
information with us.
If you are not yet registered for the
conference please take time to do so as soon as possible. The
conference registration information can be found on the miaaamo.org website
another very important note, please encourage your student-athletes to
participate in the NIAAA Scholarship Essay Contest. Each year the MIAAA
presents a $1000.00 scholarship check to a Missouri High School boy and
girl as well as a $500.00 check to each runner-up. Each state winner
becomes eligible for additional scholarship money through the Regional
and National competition. Additional information can be found on page
12 of this newsletter, the NIAAA website or by contacting Josh Scott at
Waynesville High School. The deadline for the essays to be submitted is February 28th.
Also, please remember you must be a member of the MIAAA and NIAAA for your students to be eligible.
of luck to everyone with the remainder of the winter season and I look
forward to seeing all of you at the state conference!