Archive for Wednesday, August 15, 2007

THS coaches part of sportsmanship summit

August 15, 2007

Tonganoxie High School coaches and administrators participated in the fourth annual Kaw Valley Sportsmanship Summit Thursday at Bonner Springs High School.

Baker University athletics director Dan Harris spoke to the audience, which consisted of roughly 300 people. Harris has been the Baker athletics director since 1995. He also coached the Wildcats football and baseball programs. In 1993, Harris was named NAIA District X Baseball Coach of the Year.

After Harris' presentation, the summit split everyone into groups for sportsmanship-related activities and sessions.

"I think it's good for each sport and activity," Tonganoxie athletics director Brandon Parker said. "It gets all the coaches in one area."

The majority of coaches from the nine Kaw Valley League schools attended. It gave new coaches a chance to meet other coaches from around the area. Attendees also had dinner at the summit, which lasted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Parker said the event was unique in the sense that to his knowledge, the KVL was the only league in the state to put on the summit.

"It's a chance for everyone to have a good understanding and know the coaches on a different level than game night when you're competing against them," Parker said.

Basehor held the summit the first year, while Mill Valley had it last year. Next year, Tonganoxie will play host to the summit.

"Next year, we're going to try to look for a good speaker to come in," Parker said. "We'll have booster club and community people working to help with meals. We'll expect about 300 people."

Fall sports meeting to be held tonight

On a related note, Rob Miller of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics will hold a Champions of Character speech at THS tonight at the fall sports parent meeting.

Miller will speak to students at 5 p.m. and parents at 5:45 p.m. in the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. Parents of students in all sports are welcome.

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