The MSSADA Messenger
Newsletter of the Massachusetts HS Athletic Directors
FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR...
I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and well as we look forward to the thought of the Winter statewide tournament and the upcoming Spring athletic season!
We are excited to share the information in the latest installment of our "The MSSADA Messenger", which highlights the following:d
- Highlights from the NIAAA NADC in Denver, Colorado
- NIAAA Scholar Essay Contest - *final reminder*
- The NIAAA Section 1 Newsletter
- The NIAAA's "Make-A-Wish" Initiative
- MSSADA's Website
- MSSADA Spring Conference Information (Hyannis, MA)
- NIAAA Certification Program
- Our new MIAC Representative
Our Executive Board has worked extremely hard over the past five months developing a comprehensive schedule for the return of our "In-Person" Conference, with many professional development opportunities and a celebratory awards. I highly encourage all members to register and attend, as we are extremely excited to participate!
Thank you again for all that you do for high school student-athletes, all while battling a worldwide pandemic and balancing daily challenges that have accompanied it.
Francis Whitten III, CMAA
2021 NADC - DENVER, COLORADO - HIGHLIGHTS
2021-2022 NIAAA Scholar / Essay Application
NIAAA Section 1
MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION - National Initiative
First and foremost, I hope this finds all of you and your loved ones safe, healthy, and beginning the new year with a sense of optimism. I know these are very challenging times we are facing, however I am confident that with your dedication, perseverance, and leadership we will make it through this pandemic stronger and more productive than ever. Our mission is to provide our students with the most positive possible experience in the field of educational athletics, and I know that is what all of you remain focused on achieving!
In addition to serving as your executive director, I have been fortunate enough to serve on the NIAAA's National Initiatives and Assistance Network Committee for the past four years. Each year we promote a national initiative for a highly worthy cause, seeking your support. The last three initiatives for the Red Cross, Wounded Warrior, and Tunnels to Towers have been extremely successful thanks in great part to your generosity. The National Initiative for this year is The Make A Wish Foundation. I am certain that all of you are familiar with this wonderful association.
As in the past we will be asking you to make a small personal contribution to this initiative at our state conference in Hyannis. Won't it be great to actually see everyone in person again this year! The reason I am reaching out to you today is to encourage you to take this initiative a step further. Please consider involving your student-athletes in a fundraising effort to support this tremendous cause. All of the money raised will be used to make the wishes come true for children throughout the state of Massachusetts. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to develop leadership skills, teamwork, and a knowledge of benevolent giving within your entire athletic program. By getting your coaches and student-athletes on board, they will be able to witness fulfilling experiences that will last a lifetime.
I thank you in advance for your involvement and support of this very meaningful initiative. Please see the attachments for further information and how you can make a wish come true!
Fran Whitten, CMAA
Executive Director, MSSADA
ASSOCIATION WEBSITE - WWW.MSSADA.ORG
MSSADA SPRING CONFERENCE - HYANNIS CONFERENCE CENTER, HYANNIS, MASSACHUSETTS - 3/29/2022 - 4/1/2022
NIAAA CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
(Click on the picture above for the direct link to the NIAA Professional Development Program)
NEW MSSADA REPRESENTATIVE TO THE MASSACHUSETTS INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC COUNCIL (MIAC) - TANIA RICH
Congratulations to MSSADA's new Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council (MIAC) representative Tania Rich from Nashoba Regional High School.
ONE FINAL THOUGHT...
2021 - 2022 MSSADA EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS
MATT TRAHAN - 1st VICE PRESIDENT
TOM TARPEY - 2nd VICE PRESIDENT
JIM QUATROMONI - 3rd VICE PRESIDENT
JAY COSTA - PAST PRESIDENT
TANIA RICH - SECRETARY
JOHN LYNCH - TREASURER