Colorado Summit on Inclusive Teen Athletics and Activities scheduled for September

CHSAA student leadership camp

(Courtesy of Kendle Davis)

CHSAA is excited to announce a new partnership with the non-profit Youth Celebrate Diversity (YCD) and the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS) to create the Colorado Summit on Inclusive Teen Athletics and Activities.

Scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, this unique program will empower high school athletes and activity participants and coaches/directors to come together across all geographic areas and backgrounds to talk about the diversity and inclusion issues affecting high school sports and extracurricular activity participants in Colorado, as well as to brainstorm solutions to those issues, so that all students feel welcome and included in high school activities.

This program was started in reaction to high demand from teens participating in YCD’s programs to discuss inclusion and diversity issues connected to sports and activities.

During the summit, participating students and coaches/directors will hear from a keynote speaker, join discussion groups with others from across the state, and attend workshops on topics chosen by the student Executive Committee. Topics can touch on any issue that would help make high school sports and athletics more inclusive and welcoming of all students.

We encourage every CHSAA member school to consider sending a small delegation to join this Summit in September 2020.  Please save this date now and more information will be shared in the coming months!

Student Volunteers Needed for Executive Committee

We are seeking students across all activities currently sanctioned by CHSAA to serve on the Executive Committee planning this event.  The Executive Committee will have full control over the topics, workshops, speakers and content of the summit. Student athletes from the sports/activities listed below are encouraged to apply:

  1. Baseball
  2. Basketball
  3. Cross Country
  4. Field Hockey
  5. Football
  6. Golf
  7. Gymnastics
  8. Ice Hockey
  9. Lacrosse
  10. Skiing
  11. Soccer
  12. Softball
  13. Spirit
  14. Swimming
  15. Tennis
  16. Track
  17. Volleyball
  18. Wrestling
  19. Music
  20. Speech & Debate
  21. Student Leadership

The group will be meeting virtually between February and September 2020, so student athletes from all corners of Colorado are encouraged to apply! Please spread the word in your school among interested students and make sure they apply before the deadline of Monday, February 3, 2020.  More information, including the form for students to join the Executive Committee is on the YCD website: ycdiversity.org/programs/colorado-summit-on-inclusive-teen-athletics-and-activities

For questions, contact Micah Porter at (303) 982-8053 / micah.porter@jeffco.k12.co.us or Caleb Munro at (720) 507-0746 / cmunro@ycdiversity.org.