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Indianapolis to Host National Athletic Directors Conference


Contact: Bruce Howard

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 9, 2011) — More than 1,300 high school athletic directors will be attending the 42nd annual National Athletic Directors Conference today through Tuesday at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

The largest gathering of high school athletic directors in the country is co-sponsored by the Indianapolis-based National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

After preliminary meetings today and Saturday, the conference officially gets underway Sunday with the first of 35 workshops and the Opening General Session. Joe Theismann, former University of Notre Dame (Indiana) and Washington Redskins quarterback, will be the keynote speaker at the opening session, which begins at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Some of the key topics to be discussed at the 35 workshops include pay-to-play programs, maintaining programs despite budget cuts, parent relationships, Title IX, minimizing risk in athletic programs, sportsmanship, relationship with club sports, creating alternative revenues, preseason meetings, booster clubs and strength/conditioning programs.

Lee Green, a noted sports law attorney, professor and author from Baldwin City, Kansas, will deliver the Closing General Session speech at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Awards will be presented to 33 athletic directors, including three from Indiana. Geoff Penrod, athletic director at Columbia City High School, will be presented an NFHS Citation at the Conference Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Sam Rasmussen, recently retired athletic director at Valparaiso High School, will receive an NIAAA Distinguished Service Award at the Conference Banquet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and Priscilla Dillow, former athletic director at Ben Davis High School, will be inducted into the NIAAA Hall of Fame at the same event.

The Luncheon and Banquet events will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. 

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