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08/21/14 – HYPE Student Leadership Conferences Take Place Next Week

August 21, 2014 2014-2015 News Releases



The 14th Annual HYPE KHSAA Student Leadership Conference will be conducted next week in Lexington and Bowling Green. The conference is a free service provided by the Association for student-athletes to learn teamwork exercises and sportsmanship initiatives, and discuss current issues.

The first conference will be held Monday, Aug. 25 at the Lexington Convention Center, followed by the second seminar on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green. This year’s event marks the fourth since the HYPE Student Leadership Conference was split into two meetings to better accommodate students across the Commonwealth.

“We are one of about twenty-five states that conduct a similar student conference, but one of only a handful that provide the service free of charge,” said Associate Commissioner Butch Cope. “We try to provide activities and sessions that students can take back and put to use at their school and on their specific teams. We look forward to this event in preparation for the Association to participate in the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) summit in Indianapolis in July, where Kentucky students will be attending with students from across the country.”

Topics for this year’s breakout sessions include seminars on New Leaders (Patrick George), Leadership Safety (Bill Bell, KOHS), Leadership (Brad Harlan, MSG) and Team Building (Kara Mattingly, Asbury University). This year’s keynote speaker will be Harvey Alston (

The conference is free to attendees and primarily funded with the receipts from the Association’s corporate sponsor program. More than 600 student-athletes attended the two-day session last year.


About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 43 state championships in 13 sports and 4 sport activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.


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