Dear Fellow WADA Members,
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! I hope that the first few months of the fall athletic season have been successful and that you are settling into another school year. It is also the time of year to drop everything, go to the WADA website (https://www.gowada.org/ ) and register for the 52nd Annual Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association Fall Conference held at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, November 10-13. I want to personally invite each of you to take the time to invest in your professional development, reconnect with colleagues from the past, meet new colleagues, be inspired to try something new, give yourself a pat on the back for currently using best practices, and just take a minute to breathe and spend time with other Athletic Directors throughout the state who understand and appreciate what you do on a daily basis. It is refreshing and energizing!
The theme for the Conference is “Building Champions on the Field and in Life”. The WADA Board has worked hard to plan and provide many opportunities to grow professionally with speakers such as Dr. Greg Dale from Duke University and Jeff Janssen from the Janssen Sports Leadership Center – two of my personal all-time favorite speakers with great insight into developing exceptional coaches, impactful leaders and a championship culture in your school. In addition, we will have outstanding mini-sessions led by some of the top leaders in our state, and of course LTI classes to help further your development as an Athletic Director. Members of the WIAA staff will be available in the vendor area in a booth to personally answer your questions or listen to your concerns. Dr. David Bell will discuss his research on sport specialization and share his preliminary data on his involvement in one of the largest studies to focus on volleyball. Of course we will also take time to honor our past and members of our communities that have had an impact on high school athletics at the Distinguished Service Award and Hall of Fame banquet on Sunday night, as well as honor current Athletic Directors for their years of service, special awards, and each District’s Athletic Director of the Year at our luncheon on Monday. The popular vendor area will be filled for your convenience and one-stop shopping, and of course the Monday night bowling and social will be back! Tuesday, following our speakers and Annual meeting, we will wrap up the conference with our closing luncheon and door prize give-away. It will be an action-packed few days, but you will come away with so much, it will certainly be worth the time. Register today!
I want to thank you in advance for taking the time to register and attend the WADA Fall Conference. Your participation matters, your growth in the profession matters and your leadership in your community matters. You have the ability to impact so many student-athletes, parents and members of your school and community - please take the time to invest in yourself so you can be the positive influence that I know each of you strives to be. I look forward to spending time with you at the Fall Conference.
Peggy Seegers-Braun, CMAA
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