The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is hosting its 103rd Summer Meeting June 28-July 2 in San Antonio, Texas. This year’s meeting will be conducted at the Grant Hyatt San Antonio, marking the third time the event has been held in Texas and the Alamo City, and the first time since 2005.
The NFHS, an organization that has provided leadership for high school athletics and performing arts since its founding in 1920, is composed of state high school associations in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Approximately 600 state association staff members, board members and other national high school activities leaders from around the country are expected to be in attendance.
The Summer Meeting Luncheon, National High School Hall of Fame Press Conference and Hall of Fame Banquet – three of the most renowned NFHS Summer Meeting events – will be streamed live on the NFHS Network (www.NFHSNetwork.com) at no cost.
The Summer Meeting will kick off on June 29 at 1 p.m. CT with the Opening Ceremony and “We Are High School®” student program, along with the NFHS presentations of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award and the National High School Heart of the Arts Award.
The Wyatt Family of South Gibson (Tennessee) Schools will receive the National High School Spirit of Sport Award and Lola Wade of Pittsburg (Kansas) St. Mary’s Colgan High School will receive the National High School Heart of the Arts Award.
The First General Session will follow the Opening Ceremony at 2:15 p.m. CT on June 29 and features Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a training and development expert and the “Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century.”
This year will introduce two new general sessions – the Leadership General Session and Title IX General Session. The Leadership General Session will take place on June 30 and will feature Betsy Butterick, a coach and communications specialist.
In celebration of Title IX at 50, the Title IX General Session on July 2, will feature Dr. Lisa Langston, director of athletics of the Fort Worth (Texas) Independent School District; Kelly Foster, assistant executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association; and Treva Dayton, former Texas University Interscholastic League and NFHS staff member. The conference will conclude that same day with the Closing General Session featuring Missy West, a motivational speaker and member of the National High School Hall of Fame.
A total of 15 individuals will be recognized with NFHS Citations at the Summer Meeting Luncheon at 11 a.m. CT on June 30. The state association recipients in the class of 2022 are made up of Bob Johnson of Vermont, Tom Dolan of Virginia, Skip Lax of South Carolina, Joan Gralla of Wisconsin, Don Brodell of Arkansas, Jay Beesemyer of Nevada, Mark Beckman of Montana, and Francine Martin of Kansas, who will also be receiving the 2021 NFHS Officials Association Citation.
Seven other individuals in the classes of 2022 and 2021 will receive Citations on behalf of the four NFHS professional associations. The class of 2022 is comprised of Philip DiDomenico of New Jersey, who is the recipient of the NFHS Officials Association Citation; Woody Barnett of Mississippi, who will be awarded a Citation from the NFHS Coaches Association; Darrin Davis of Oklahoma, who will be recognized on behalf of the NFHS Music Association; and Magda Mirelez of Texas, who will receive a Citation from the NFHS Speech, Debate, Theatre and Academics Association.
Class of 2021 recipients include Martin, who is being honored by the NFHS Officials Association; Earl Etheridge of Georgia, who will be awarded a Citation from the NFHS Coaches Association; Bill Webb of Minnesota, who will be recognized on behalf of the NFHS Music Association; and Adam Jacobi of Wisconsin, who will receive a Citation from the NFHS Speech, Debate, Theatre and Academics Association.
The Summer Meeting Luncheon can be accessed on the NFHS Network at https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/evt7c763752b1.
Altogether, 42 workshops are offered in six sessions during this year’s NFHS Summer Meeting. Among the topics that will be discussed are Title IX; Name, Image and Likeness (NIL); copyright issues with online streaming; mental health; gender identity; afterschool safety; and empowering under-represented groups within professions associated with high school athletics and activities.
In addition, the Legal/Sports Medicine Workshop – one of the most popular workshops each year – will be held at 1:30 p.m. CT on July 1. This event provides an ideal opportunity to discuss current legal and medical issues.
The Hall of Fame Press Conference will be held at 12 p.m. CT on Friday, July 1, followed by the Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony at 6 p.m. CT on Friday evening.
The Hall of Fame Press Conference can be accessed on the NFHS Network at https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/evt161b56bf35 and the Hall of Fame Banquet can be accessed at https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/evtcbd10d223f.
(See full listing of events that will be streamed live at the end of this release.)
Four outstanding former high school athletes are among the 12 individuals to be inducted into the 39th class of the National High School Hall of Fame on July 1. The four athletes are joined by three highly successful high school coaches, three former state association administrators, one contest official, and one speech and debate coach in the performing arts area.
Inductees include (athletes) Notah Begay of New Mexico, the late Walter Payton of Mississippi, Sanya Richards-Ross of Florida, and Thurman Thomas of Texas; (coaches) the late Ray Crowe of Indiana, Ron Kordes of Kentucky, and Lamar Rogers of Tennessee; (administrators) the late E. Wayne Cooley of Iowa, Becky Oakes of Missouri, and John E. (Jack) Roberts of Michigan; as well as (officials) Jeff Risk of North Dakota, and (performing arts) Susan McLain of Oregon.
Begay was a three-sport standout at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico before his golf accomplishments at Stanford and on the PGA Tour. Richards-Ross won 10 individual titles and four state championships at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before her Olympic exploits. Thomas was one of the top running backs in Texas high school history at Willowridge High School in Houston before his days at Oklahoma State University and with the Buffalo Bills. Payton, who will be represented at the induction ceremony by his brother, Eddie Payton, was one of the top athletes in Mississippi high school history before his record-setting career with the Chicago Bears.
As a coach at Louisville Assumption High School, Kordes won 22 Kentucky state girls volleyball championships in 33 years. Rogers won almost 1,300 girls basketball games in 46 years at Clarkrange High School in Tennessee and is third on the all-time victories list nationally. Crowe, who will be represented by his daughter, Linda Knight, coached Indianapolis Crispus Attucks High School to the Indiana state title in 1955 to become the first All-Black school to win a state title.
Risk, who is the one official to be inducted this year, is a three-sport official from North Dakota whose 40-plus years of experience features more than 5,000 games officiated.
Two of the three administrators who will be in attendance at this year’s ceremony include Oakes and Roberts. Oakes is the former executive director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association and director of sports with the NFHS. Roberts was one of the key leaders nationally during his 32 years as executive director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Cooley, who passed away in 2013, was the longtime executive director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and will be represented by his daughter, Denise Brode.
McLain, the performing arts recipient in this year’s class, was an active speech and debate educator in Oregon for 42 years before her retirement in 2014 to join the Oregon House of Representatives.
The following events during the NFHS Summer Meeting will be streamed live on the NFHS Network (www.NFHSNetwork.com).
Summer Meeting Luncheon (Thursday, June 30, 11 a.m. CT)
Hall of Fame Press Conference (Friday, July 1, 12 p.m. CT)
Hall of Fame Banquet (Friday, July 1, 6 p.m. CT)