INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 26, 2022) – The annual month-long celebration of high school athletics and activities – National High School Activities Month – begins in early October for the National Federation of High School Associations of (NFHS) and its 51 state high school associations. During this special time, the nation’s more than 19,500 high schools are encouraged to promote the values inherent in high school athletics and other activities such as speaking, debating, music and drama.
Throughout October, the celebration focuses on core areas of high school activity programs with the following weeks: National Fair Play Week, Fan Appreciation and Public Announcers (October 1-8); National Performing Arts Activities and Local State High School Association Week (9-15 October); National Coaches, Advisors, Officials and Sponsors Week (October 16-22); and National Community Service/Youth Awareness Week (October 23-31).
“High school sports and activity programs provide one of the greatest bargains for our community and our country and will continue to do so as long as our country supports them as an integral part of the education of our young people,” said NFHS CEO Dr. Karissa. Niehoff. “Not only do these programs teach the more than 12 million student participants who participate in them valuable life lessons, such as ethics, integrity and healthy lifestyles, but they also provide the best entertainment value in our country.”
National High School Activity Month is an opportunity to remind the public that there is already a comprehensive program in every community that addresses society’s most current concerns, by:
- Find and nurture the best efforts of each young participant;
- Encourage students to stay in school, achieve better academic results and become better citizens;
- Require respect for fair play and appreciation of fair application of procedures, rules and regulations;
- provision of healthy lifestyle instruction;
- Combat racism, sexism and classism through the active pursuit of teamwork and school spirit;
- Honor and appreciate adults who support, sponsor activities and recognize student achievement.
In 1980, the NFHS established National High School Activity Week to raise awareness of the values and needs of educational activity programs. However, there was a need to celebrate the contributions and benefits young people feel by participating in sports and the performing arts for an entire month.
To encompass all that Educational Activities has to offer, Activity Week was expanded to Activity Month in 2012 on the recommendation of the NFHS Citizenship and Equity Committee (now known as the Community Services Committee). NFHS students). The transformation has provided ample time to properly celebrate the contributions and benefits students experience through participating in sports and the performing arts.
“National High School Activities Week began in 1980 when the United States Congress approved the third week of October as National High School Activities Week,” said Elliot Hopkins, director of athletics, sanctions and NFHS Student Services. “What a young person learns after the school day is as important as what they get out of the daily school curriculum.”
There are many ways to celebrate each week of National High School Activity Month. As part of National Fair Play Week, Fan Appreciation and Public Announcers (October 1-8), attendees are encouraged to raise awareness and discuss the importance of sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity in the conduct of interscholastic programs, and a time to thank spectators that support activity programs throughout the year. Additionally, this is a time to recognize the dedication and service provided by PA announcers at each contest.
National Performing Arts Activities and Local State High School Association Week(October 9-15) is an opportunity to focus on students, coaches and sponsors involved in performing arts programs and the local activity/athletic associations that sponsor these events.
The goal of National Coaches, Advisors, Officials and Sponsors Week (October 16-22) is to recognize the contributions of high school coaches, counsellors, officials and sponsors.
National Community Service/Youth Awareness Week (October 23-31) serves as a time to give back to your community and show your appreciation for their support of your programs. This week can also be used to promote fundraising efforts that support interschool programs. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles and prevention efforts.
During “National Sportsmanship, Fan Appreciation and Public Announcer Week”, the aim is to encourage awareness and discussion of the importance of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in the conduct of interscholastic programs, and a moment to thank the spectators who support the activity programs throughout the year. Additionally, this is a time to recognize the dedication and service that PA announcers perform at every contest.
“Through National High School Activity Month, we have an opportunity to reflect on our participation as well as the participation of our students,” Niehoff said. “Our nation must continue to support these programs and the life skills they provide to America’s youth.”
Recommendations for promoting National High School Activity Month have been made available by the NFHS, in addition to a toolkit containing a wealth of resources to help state associations and high schools throughout the month. . The toolkit contains print ads, website banner ads, email signatures, and public service announcements (PIMs), all of which have been created to simplify the process of promoting this annual celebration.
To learn more about National High School Activities Month and download the toolkit, go to www.nfhs.org/HSActivitiesMonth.