January 27, 2020

To: Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators

Ohio High School Principals

Ohio Media


From: Bruce Brown

OIAAA Executive Director

RE: “Award of Excellence” Announced for Ohio Schools

The Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA), in collaboration with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), is proud to announce the sixth year of the “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE” for Ohio athletic administrators and their respective athletic departments.  The focus of this award is to recognize on-going and consistent efforts on the part of Ohio interscholastic athletic departments that demonstrate best practice in the endorsement and promotion of education-based athletic programming.  Specifically, this award recognizes schools that demonstrate intentional efforts to shift the culture of school-based sport programs on an on-going process.


“Our school-based athletic programs have always had the purpose of supporting and paralleling the educational mission of our respective school communities”, stated current OIAAA president, Rick Guimond, athletic administration, Athnes High School.  “Over time, the vision of school athletic teams and competition needs to be retold and focused so all stakeholders can best realize the life-time benefits of educational athletics.”


The OIAAA will again partner with the OHSAA to provide recognition opportunities for schools who demonstrate intentional strategies in promoting the educational values associated with interscholastic athletics.  The OHSAA, who similarly promotes education-based standards in the mission of school-based sport programs, will help spotlight those schools who meet the “Award of Excellence” criteria by honoring selected schools at upcoming OHSAA state championship venues.

Criteria and data submission information for this award is currently posted on the OIAAA website:   


 Recipients of the “Award of Excellence” will be honored at the Ohio Boys State Basketball Championships, March 19-21 at the Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University.  

 Ohio school athletic directors, principals and superintendents have been sent award criteria and are being encouraged to forward data per the instructions on the link.  For additional information, contact OIAAA Executive Director, Bruce Brown at oiaaa.brucebrown@gmail.com


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