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08/12/13 – HYPE Student Leadership Conferences; Three Fall Sports Begin Next Week

August 12, 2013 2013-2014 News Releases



HYPE Student Leadership Conferences Take Place Next Week

The 13th 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. 19 at the Lexington Convention Center, followed immediately by the second session on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. This year’s event marks the third 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 are excited about the programs we are offering this year and look forward to another great turnout from our member schools.”

Topics for this year’s breakout sessions include seminars on Other Leadership Roles (Bill Bell, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety), Leadership (Mackenzie Hanes, Kentucky National Guard), “Live, Laugh, Lead!” (Heather Schultz) and Teambuilding/rope course exercises (Kara Mattingly, Asbury University).

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.

Three Fall Sport Seasons Get Underway Next Week

Monday, Aug. 19th marks the start of the competitive seasons for volleyball and soccer, with football getting underway Friday, Aug. 23rd. Forty-eight volleyball matches are scheduled for opening day, along with a combined total of 78 boys’ and girls’ soccer matches. Football season kicks off Friday, Aug. 23 with 80 games scheduled across the Commonwealth. Full schedules for soccer, volleyball and football are available on the Riherds/KHSAA Scoreboard (

The 2013 KHSAA Volleyball State Tournament will be held Nov. 8-10 at Valley High School in Louisville. The finals of the 2013 KHSAA Soccer State Tournament will be played Saturday, Nov. 9 at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, with the Boys’ Semifinals on Wed., Nov. 6 and the Girls’ Semifinals on Thurs., Nov. 7. Football season concludes the first weekend in December with the 2013 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl (Dec. 6-7) at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.


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 40 state championships in 12 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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