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Let’s Move in High School!

I’m sure we all can remember a time in our lives when the best part about the school day was recess – it was a time for running, jumping, playing on the playground and just being active with our friends! Unfortunately, statistics show that only one in about three children nowadays is considered to be active each day. Research also indicates that kids who are active do better in school and every day activities. Better test scores, improved attendance and better behavior in class are all byproducts of those who are more active. It’s not too late to start moving more no matter how old we are! We encourage all of our student athletes and the students at our member…

Former LHSAA Student-Athletes Compete in the NBA

Louisiana produces exceptional talent in the sports world. As basketball season begins, take a look at these former LHSAA student-athletes who now compete on NBA teams! DJ Augustin, Brother Martin High School – Toronto Raptors Brandon Bass, Capitol High School – Boston Celtics Glen “Big Baby” Davis, University High School – Orlando Magic Danny Granger, Grace King High School – Indiana Pacers Paul Millsap, Grambling High School – Atlanta Hawks Greg Monroe, Helen Cox High School – Detroit Pistons Garrett Temple, University High School – Washington Wizards Marcus Thornton, Tara High School – Sacramento Kings The LHSAA is extremely proud of these former student-athletes and their great successes on the professional basketball court. These players serve as a reminder to…

Break Your Fast, Before It Breaks You!

Do you skip breakfast? If so, you’re not alone. According to a 2011 poll, 31 million Americans skip breakfast every day. Everyone from high school student-athletes to their grandparents, however, needs to start eating early. There are many reasons people skip breakfast: you want more sleep, you want to lose weight or you’re just not hungry. Nevertheless, many nutritionists and scientists believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day for growth, development and success. Breakfast gives you the energy you need kick-start your day. Getting up a few minutes earlier to throw together a nutritious breakfast will prove much more beneficial to you than those extra seconds of sleep. Studies also indicate that skipping breakfast can actually make…

Bouncing Back

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m a crazy LSU fan. This past weekend’s game against the University of Georgia was a soul-crusher for Tiger Nation. It’s easy to become wrapped up in the spirit of the game and forget the true value of sports. Losing is an inevitable evil at some point or another in the life of a competitive athlete. In my opinion, it’s not always about winning, but rather about how you respond to both victory and defeat. Bouncing back from a heartbreaking loss isn’t always easy, but it’s crucial to the future success of your team and yourself. Consider reminding yourself that a single loss won’t keep you from achieving your goals; your continued negative reaction…

LHSAA Recognizes National Hazing Prevention Week

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) defines hazing as “...any humiliating or dangerous activity expected of a student to belong to a group, regardless of their willingness to participate.” According to a recent study, 1.5 million high school students experience hazing each year. Two in every five students are cognizant of hazing on their campus, and one in five actually witness acts of hazing. These numbers are too high. Many argue that acts of hazing are tradition or rites of passage that everyone goes through at some point in his or her life. In reality, these acts are emotionally and sometimes physically debilitating. They can ruin friendships, destroy self-esteem and eliminate self-confidence. Students should be allowed to…

The Dream, Fifty Years Later

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King and hundreds of thousands of Americans marched on Washington, D.C. to claim the freedom promised to them in our nation’s founding. The LHSAA celebrates the progress accomplished so far, and pledges to continue his work to stamp out discrimination in any form found in any place.  Since that day, countless heroes fought to chip away at hatred, racism and sexism in their own communities. One such hero was Coach Alton “Red” Franklin of Haynesville High School. He rose to the head football coaching position during the height of the civil rights movement in 1967. Coach Franklin sought to make race irrelevant on his squad. In the decades following his appointment as head coach,…

Keeping Up! Time Management Tips for Student-Athletes

Student-athletes seem to have so much on their plates nowadays. They learn quickly that there aren’t as many hours in the day as many would like. A typical day may look like this: wake up, breakfast on-the-go, school, practice, a little Candy Crush playing to relax, dinner, homework and then bedtime. Where’s the time to hang out with friends or watch your favorite TV shows? Time management is a crucial skill that student-athletes must learn to be successful not only in high school but beyond. The earlier this talent is honed, the better. Below are a few tips to help you be as productive as possible with your time: 1. Spend less time on social media – Facebook and Twitter…

Sarah Thomas Set to Shatter the Next Glass Ceiling of Sports

The glass ceiling. We see it at all levels of just about every industry in our society. The world of sports is no exception. Sarah Thomas, however, is ready to shatter one: that of NFL officiating. Thomas, a 39-year-old mother of two from Mississippi, is no stranger to glass ceilings. In 2007, she became the first woman to officiate an NCAA football game. Two years later, she became the first woman to officiate a collegiate bowl game in the 2009 Little Caesar’s Bowl.As a young adult, Thomas’ brother began his journey to become a football official. Before his first meeting, Thomas asked him if girls could do that. Three years later, she presided over her first varsity football game as…

Former LHSAA Student-Athletes Compete in Major League Baseball

Isn’t it great being taken out to the ball game? Here’s another reason to go: several Major League Baseball players hail from our great state! Many former member school student-athletes have also just begun their journey into professional baseball through last month’s draft. The following athletes are now competing in professional baseball: Former LHSAA Student-Athletes on Active MLB Rosters Juan Pierre, Alexandria High School – Miami Marlins (Left Field) Chad Gaudin, Crescent City Baptist High School – San Francisco Giants (Pitcher) Aaron Loup, Hahnville High School – Toronto Blue Jays (Pitcher) Johnny Giavotella, Jesuit High School – Kansas City Royals (2B) Wade Miley, Loranger High School – Arizona Diamondbacks (Pitcher) Logan Morrison, Northshore High School – Miami Marlins (1B) Will…

Happy Draft Day

It starts tonight! This intern’s favorite event of the year, the NFL Draft, is kicking off tonight, and I am beyond excited. The drama…the excitement…the lame commentary…I can’t wait! Like most years, Louisiana is very well represented in this year’s draft. Allow me to highlight the former LHSAA student-athletes that are participating in the 2013 NFL Draft. Robert Alford: Cornerback, Southeastern Louisiana (Hammond High School) Josh Dworaczyk: Guard, LSU (Catholic High School, New Iberia) Lavar Edwards: Defensive End, LSU (Desire Street Academy) Chris Faulk: Offensive Tackle, LSU (Northshore High School) Michael Ford: Running Back, LSU (Leesville High School) Eddie Lacy: Running Back, Alabama (Dutchtown High School) Bennie Logan: Defensive Tackle, LSU (Red River High School) PJ Lonergan: Center, LSU (Archbishop…

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