Name: Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA)
About: The MSHSAA is a nonprofit educational organization made up of approximately 750 public and private member schools in Missouri. The organization sets eligibility requirements for school sports and activities ranging from softball to speech and debate.
The MSHSAA’s philosophy is that interscholastic activities and sports supplement the secondary school curriculum, helping them to become better citizens.
MSHSAA sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, 11-man football, 8-man football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.
MSHSAA activities include bass fishing, bowling, chess, music activities, scholar bowl, speech and debate, spirit activities, and target shooting.
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In addition to regulating interscholastic activities and student eligibility, the MSHSAA is responsible for the registration of contest officials for interscholastic competitions. MSHSAA member schools must use MSHSAA contest officials for their activities and sporting events.
The mission of the MSHSAA is to promote “the value of participation, sportsmanship, team play, and personal excellence to develop citizens who make positive contributions to their community and support the democratic principles of our state and nation.” (Source)
President & Executive Director:
The MSHSAA Board President is Ken Eaton
The MSHSAA Executive Director is Dr. Kerwin Urhahn
Employees & Board:
MSHSAA employs ten people. You can find a staff list, including short job descriptions here. This page provides a list of MSHSAA’s current Board of Directors.
Social Media Sites:
MSHSAA’s Communications Director, Jason West, on Twitter
MSHSAA on Facebook
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