As the national climate focuses on and sensationalizes stories regarding symbolism and racial incidents, CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green released the following statement in light of of some recent incidents:
“We all assess situations and how we interpret them through our lens of culture and experiences. Our purpose as an Association is to ensure that all student participants, officials and fans attend all interscholastic events free of intimidation. What we permit, we promote. And, I believe our member schools are aligned with ‘zero tolerance,'” CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said.
“It all comes down to respect. Respect for our cultural, geographical and diverse educational environments.”
The Colorado High School Activities Association and its member schools adopt policies that are designed to help students learn life skills in an environment called educational athletics and activities.
An important skill is respect. Schools are empowered by the Association to create an environment where each student’s perspective grows through the diverse competitive high school experience without fear of discrimination based on who they are, how they look or where they live.
Students are learning how to be involved in something bigger than themselves and we look to coaches, administrators and parents to model what’s important in our world today.