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Lisa Myran-Schutte receives WHY WE PLAY Leadership Citation Award
Lisa Myran-Schutte receives WHY WE PLAY Leadership Citation Award

The Minnesota State High School League, in partnership with the Super Bowl 52 Host committee, recognizes Lisa Myran-Schutte with the WHY WE PLAY Leadership Citation Award.  This significant award recognizes school athletic and activity administrators for their leadership and commitment to education-based programs in their school community.

This award recognizes Lisa as an educational leader and expresses thanks and appreciation for

*  the service Lisa has provided/continues to provide to Houston Public Schools
*  Lisa's leadership
*  Lisa's commitment to education-based athletics and activities

The presentation of this award will take place on Saturday, November 25th, as part of the MSHSL Prep Bowl. The award will be presented at a special on-field half-time program during the Class AAAAA Championship Game.

Congratulations Lisa!  Thank you for all you do for our schools, students, and athletes!

What is WHY WE PLAY and Education-Based Sports?
The purpose of interscholastic and youth sports is not to prepare students for a college scholarship or some professional career. It just doesn't happen that often. 78% of youth who play sports will quit by the age of 12 because it just isn’t fun anymore and 97% of the students who go on to play at the high school level will have a terminal experience when they graduate—they will no longer play organized sports as they have throughout their youth experience. So, what’s the point?

Why do we play? We play to develop students into people with sound moral character that will prepare them for a life that recognizes the humanity of others that is rich with empathy and compassion and develops in them the moral courage to stand up for what is right.

When we only focus on physical skills and accomplishments we don’t give students the skills that will help them over the course of their lifetime, skills that will make the world a better place. We give them very little that has any real inherent value. For coaches to be transformational coaches, with a growth mindset that centers on developing the student’s human potential, there must be an understanding of the purpose of education-based athletics and clearly defined expectations.

Additional Resources:

‘Why We Play’ Conferences Provide Opportunities For Coaches
Minnesota’s WHY WE PLAY Initiative Teaches Purpose of Educational Sports

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