commissioner, Indiana High School Athletic Association
To the editor:
Recently a newspaper article has been written about a change in the by-laws of the Indiana High School Athletic Association which speaks directly to attempted undue influence exerted upon students below the level of Grade 9 and their parents. While I appreciate the attention this initial coverage has brought to this topic, its flavor is tainted with inaccuracies that need to be addressed.
For more than 109 years, the Indiana High School Athletic Association has provided structure and context for high schools in our state to conduct interscholastic athletic competitions. In the second article of incorporation, language is provided that supports the proper priority that education-based athletics in our state should hold. In part, the article reads as follows:
“All such interschool athletic competition coming under regulation by this corporation shall be subservient to and complementary to the academic or curricular functions of the member schools for which are their primary purposes.”