Champions Together the #InclusionRevolution.

Learn how your school can earn a Champions Together BANNER by becoming a partner with Special Olympics embracing the #InclusionRevolution. Have your delegates attend the breakout sessions 1, 2, and 3 to learn how your school can initiate or enhance all areas of your Champions Together efforts. A fun and interactive introduction to Champions Together will be led by the members of the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee. This group first established the partnership with Special Olympics Indiana in response to Commissioner Cox’s challenge to become “servant leaders” to their schools and communities. The highlight of the presentation will be hearing the spell binding life story of motivational speaker and Special Olympics gold medal winner Andrew Peterson. The Student Leadership Conference occurs two days after Andrew returns from representing Indiana at the Special Olympics National Games in Princeton, New Jersey.

Champions Together Awareness/Inclusion and Volunteerism

Learn how your school can earn a Champions Together BANNER by becoming a partner with Special Olympics embracing the #InclusionRevolution. Have your delegates attend the breakout sessions 1, 2, and 3 to learn how your school can initiate or enhance all areas of your Champions Together efforts. Learn from members of the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee how you can initiate activities in your school and community that meet the awareness/inclusion and volunteerism requirements for your school receiving a Champions Together banner for the upcoming school year. Hear firsthand advice from students who will tell you how to organize an awareness night for your community at a football or basketball game, organize an inclusive practice between your team and students in your building and/or community, and bring a “Respect Rally” featuring anti-bullying and an R-Word Campaign to your school.

Champions Together Fundraising

Learn how your school can earn a Champions Together BANNER by becoming a partner with Special Olympics embracing the #InclusionRevolution. Have your delegates attend the breakout sessions 1, 2, and 3 to learn how your school can initiate or enhance all areas of your Champions Together efforts. Find about the Polar Plunge, Track or Treat, Zombie Run, Plane Pull and Run with the Law  which are all fundraisers that are FUN for everyone that participates and will help Special Olympics athletes enjoy the same sort of athletic opportunities that you have in your schools. Special Olympics depends entirely on private contributions to provide uniforms, equipment, travel and the other expenses associated with providing opportunities for their athletes. Learn how you can have fun, support Special Olympics and earn a Champions Together BANNER for your school.

UNIFIED Track and Field

The IHSAA sponsored their first state championship in UNIFIED Track and Field a few weeks ago. All teams were made up of both students with and without disabilities training and competing together in an effort to win an IHSAA state championship.  Learn how you can be start a UNIFIED Track Team at your school and how you can provide other UNIFIED Sports® opportunities for students at your school.

From The Locker Room To The Real World: Leadership Skills For Today’s Student Athlete

Many young people have misconceptions about leadership and generally do not possess the mental toughness it takes to handle the scrutiny, criticism and expectations that come with leadership.  While many young people are attracted to the attention and popularity they anticipate will come with leadership, they generally feel ambushed when the accountability and responsibility that come with leadership begin to surface.  This session will focus on the fundamental skills necessary to manage the challenges of leadership and to become successful in life.

Social Media: Colleges Are Watching You


How do I get an NCAA Division I Scholarship? Isn't that the question?

You have played all your life, and your parents have helped you prepare for that big day when you sign a National Letter of Intent. But how do you know if you are academically eligible to compete? What if college coaches are not contacting you? What are coaches looking for in highlight videos, and should you use a recruiting service? Think of this important fact: only 2 % of high school student-athletes will secure scholarships to NCAA schools.

Sportsmanship & Character in Athletic Experience both on and off the Field of Competition

Today in all athletic competition there is a need for character and sportsmanship.  As an athlete how do I lead within my team the right way both on and off the field of competition. The Champions of Character program is used to change the culture of sport. Its mission is to provide training to instill the values that build character so students, coaches and parents know, do and value the right thing on and off the field.  The Champions of Character program helps student athletes find the balance by keeping positive core values such as: character, unity, integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership - at the heart of the athletics experience.  We need to educate our student athletes on how values play out in both practice and competition.  Coaches need to learn how to intentionally define, model, shape and reinforce character building through their coaching and mentoring.   Research shows that the longer a student spends in sports, their social reasoning - sacrificing for the good of the team - rises, while their moral reasoning skills - doing what is fair, just, honest, and noble - decline.  The Champions of Character program that was implemented at Mooresville made a difference in developing students, student athletes, coaches and parents. The display of sportsmanship through athletics is also crucial to developing team unity and growing as a student athlete.

When it comes to building strong teams, how do you show up?

Become aware of your leadership skills, strengths and how to interact and “play” with others. Do you set yourself up to win? Do you set others up to win or enjoy their defeat? This insightful session will give you hands-on expertise in key areas of personal insight around your own mental strengths and impact on your leadership, growth and teamwork.

What It Takes To Be A Successful Team Leader

This session is a highly interactive, firm and spirited search for solutions. We will provide a variety of educational experiences through the delivery of subjects on the cutting edge of team leadership, and to impart practical skills that will enhance the quality of life by reshaping lost abilities, heighten expectations, rebuild hope, confidence, self-respect and desire.  As a result of this workshop, participants will learn: to apply effective strategies and ideas on how to be an effective leader; to enhance your communication and listening skills; to identify challenges and ways to handle them; to provide you with the skills to present your own leadership program.

Walk on Life--Success and Failure--being a leader

We live in a time when it is hard to motivate student-athletes to be successful, to try, to overcome failure, get off the couch, and get involved.  As a student-athlete how can you overcome failure, how can you be successful and how can you be a leader, set the example and know you've done your best to help make your school and team better.  Motivation is getting someone to do something they don't want to do.  Through Scripture, music videos, videos and discussion, learn how to overcome many of the hurdles that face you and your classmates and teammates through some examples and experiences of men and women, who have overcome failure, been successful and come out on top.

Good Sporting Behavior: Modeling the Best of Sport

Mr. Faulkens will present ways to maximize the sporting experience as a fan, competitor, and casual observer.  This session will utilize interactive activities which will simulate the contest atmosphere.

Taboo Topics of Sports: What Coaches Never Tell You


Money Matters

This session will provide students with a basic understanding of the importance of maintaining good credit.  Students will learn about credit, the difference between a credit card and a debit card, and why it is important to know your banker.  Learn how to save and spend on a high school student budget.  Understand the strategy of good credit and the pitfalls of bad credit, realizing that being able to budget is a good lesson that stays with you for life.  

A Career in Sports

Many athletes hope to find a career that matches their passion for participating in sports with future employment opportunities.  Often the sport career options considered are limited to the athlete’s exposure or general knowledge of high profile sports positions.  The goal of this presentation will be to provide a variety of sport career options for consideration. In addition, attendees will be provided with recommendations on how to gain valuable experience and job skills for a career in sports.

Sportsmanship & Philanthropy

STAND (Student Athletes Noticeably Determined)  What do you stand for?  This session shares how student athletes have responsibilities beyond sports themselves (i.e. healthy relationships and personal accountability).    It also shares ideas on how athletes can make a difference by their actions in volunteering and providing service to the community. All participants will receive a packet of resources and will have hands-on access to tools as ‘Bucket Fillers’, ‘Facing The Giants’, ‘The Last Lecture’, and various other movies.  Note: Coaches of male athletes can also receive information on the ‘Coaching Boys Into Men’ program from Futures Without Violence (

NCAA Initial Eligibility 101


The NCAA Eligibility Center presentation, “NCAA Initial Eligibility 101”, is designed to educate college-bound student-athletes and parents about the necessary steps to participate in NCAA Divisions I and II college athletics.  An Eligibility Center representative will present the following information:

•     Current and new academic standards for NCAA Divisions I and II;

•     The steps to achieving initial eligibility certification;

•     A walk-through of the registration and certification process; and

•     Available informational resources.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Hazing: Does it Really Work?

Hazing: does it really work?  Really?  Let’s look at facts and consider typical dynamics involved when hazing occurs.  Bring your questions and be prepared for candid discussion.

Great Leaders & Officials: Anything in Common?

Good leaders and good officials share many of the same traits, qualities and habits…being prepared, making good decisions, being decisive and evaluating your performance.  We will review twelve things that leaders and officials need to have in order to be effective.

What Does It take to be a College Student-Athlete?

Former IHSAA Student Advisory Committee members who are currently college student-athletes will be on hand to talk about expectations, experiences, and time management strategies.  Be prepared with questions of your own to ask the panel.

IHSAA Student Advisory Committee Information

Attention rising sophomores and juniors! Are you interested in serving on the IHSAA Student Advisory Committee, a group of students who work state championships, put together this student leadership conference, and meet with IHSAA Commissioners to represent and speak for Indiana’s 160,000 student athletes? In this panel, you will have the opportunity to speak with some of the current members of the 18-student IHSAA Student Advisory Committee. These students will demonstrate to you the importance and excitement of serving on the Student Advisory Committee, as well as teach you how to get involved and answer your questions. As a member of the SAC, you will have the privilege of a front row seat to the actions that enable us to have Indiana High School Athletics!

Visit With College Representatives

 During this breakout session, participants will be able to visit with the college representatives on an individual basis.  Student athletes will be able to select three local colleges and universities to visit with during this session.  Please see “Announcements” on the site for a list of colleges and universities that have signed up to participate.

How to be an Effective Leader

This interactive presentation will look into different aspects of being a leader. Defining leadership, setting goals, identifying strengths and weakness, and dealing with adversity are some of the topics that will be discussed. The goal of the presentation will be to provide students with tools to be better leaders not only on their teams but in their lives beyond high school.

Servant Leadership as a Professional

What types of activities in your school and community are available for you and your team to participate in?  Students become actively involved in community service or community outreach for a variety of reasons – for some, serving the community is an altruistic act or as a positive gesture to the larger community.  A recent study was done to prove students who maintain a weekly community service record 85% of the time are more likely to succeed and have a higher grade point average than those who do none at all.  This interactive session shares how student-athletes have responsibilities beyond sports themselves (i.e. healthy relationships and personal accountability).

4 C's of Captainship

A discussion on what it means to be an effective Team Captain with a focus on four key characteristics that every leader should possess.   Commitment, Confidence, Composure, Character 

Be a Leader in the Weight Room

Athletes who fuel their bodies properly will feel great, recover quickly and perform optimally. This session will cover the sports nutrition concepts that every student athlete should know:  pre-workout fueling; hydration strategies; recovery essentials; and supplement selection.

Leadership in your Community

Learn about The TEAM Initiative (Total Engagement Adds Meaning) by actually having the responsibility for helping lead the development of a Community Vision/Action Plan. Be part of the Leadership Team (Steering Committee) that includes the Mayor, business executives, community leaders, educational leaders, and others as you guide the community’s future. Making positive things happen through action will be the result. This is a personal process that gives the student a practical experience building leadership skills.

Developing a Leadership Program for Team Captains

  1. This session will discuss pre-season preparation, leadership styles, team building (will use examples as part of presentation), myths of being a captain, setting the tone, traditions, slogans, and how to react to tough situations. Captain’s handbook, preseason preparation, leadership styles, periodic leadership training, team building, games and “sticky” situations will be addressed.

Student Athletic Councils and School Exchanges

  1. Duties, activities, exchanges, and ice breakers will be discussed while using participants as examples to create a visual. We will address selecting a council, create duties and activities, and contact with other schools.

Your Relationship With the Media

As a student athlete, you are not only a leader for your team, but a representative and image of your school and community. You have a responsibility to the IHSAA, your school, your coaches, and your teammates by cooperating with the media. Because of this fact, you need to always be aware of what you say and what you do. Many times during high school athletics, you may be approached by different types of media: the school newspaper, local newspaper, local news station, radio, television, or magazine. Learn how to prepare yourself for interviews, specifically television interviews, to showcase your sport, school and community.

Social Media and Your Digital Identity

In today's society, social media has dominated the time and interest of high school student-athletes across America and beyond. In this interactive session, students will learn how to better position themselves and their peers through social media so their digital identity mirrors their long term dreams and goals.