Sport and Recreation Management - March 2021 Newsletter

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Iowa HS Volleyball Game
March 16, 2021

As Iowa is the only state with high school sports contested in the summer, the nation’s eyes were on Iowa beginning in June to learn if interscholastic sports could be played safely during a pandemic. Iowa high school Activities Directors (AD) and their staff were given the tall task of going above and beyond their job descriptions to ensure the safety of athletes and oversee safe competitions.

UISRM students who aspire to be high school ADs and serve the state in ways described above can do so without a State of Iowa Teaching License. The UISRM program created the Interscholastic AD Certificate which prepares individuals to serve as ADs in the fall of 2016. Students who complete the certificate requirements may apply for the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners AD Authorization which allows a person to serve in the role of Activities Director at Iowa junior and senior high schools.

Many aspiring AD Certificate students provided service to communities across the state throughout the pandemic as AD Interns by cleaning equipment, monitoring attendance, and sharing COVID-19 safety guidance with coaches. As AD Interns, they assisted in safely delivering interscholastic athletic competitions. Experiences that students learn as AD Interns are invaluable for them to learn roles and responsibilities during these real-world opportunities. Through the students’ efforts, UISRM served current high school athletes, supported activities programs, and contributed to the blueprint for safe sports during the pandemic.

In addition to supervising the Interscholastic AD Certificate and its AD Interns in the field, I’m active in supporting high school athletics in Iowa. I currently manage the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union 4A State Golf Tournament. Furthermore, I served as a Co-Chair for the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association (IHSADA) 2021 Strategic Plan. These opportunities allow me to contribute to the communities and athletes that benefit from interscholastic athletics.

The UISRM program also serves Iowa and its interscholastic athletes as a proud sponsor of the IHSADA state conference held annually at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Students assist IHSADA staff with the operation of the event while gaining valuable work experiences. In addition to providing operational support, students can attend all sessions while networking with potential future employers.

Aspiring ADs learn the importance of service to communities in our state and their role in developing future leaders through education-based athletics. The corresponding newsletter stories share additional examples of how UISRM students and alumni are serving others. I encourage you to read the articles and learn of other ways UISRM is facilitating service.

Thank you for being a part of the UISRM community and, as always, Go Hawks!

Mike Winker
UISRM Lecturer


Serving as 'Caddie' for Cedar Rapids YouthKids on Course Activity

UISRM Lecturer, Kara Kehe, learned of an educational initiative that supports students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District through Iowa Campus Compact in 2017. From the initial introduction, Kehe seized the opportunity to build a guided field experience practicum and allow UISRM students to support the initiative's mission. Learn more about the practicum named 'Kids on Course' that bears the initiative's name.


Calling an Audible to ServeMichael Burke

While a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management can lead to a career working for a professional team or a collegiate athletic department, the career opportunities are broader and the resulting impacts on others can be life changing. Learn about Michael Burke's current role with Kids on Course and how his interests in sport and recreation have led him to support and mentor Cedar Rapids area high schoolers who aspire to earn their college degree.


Joining the Journey to UnityJourney to Unity

The UI Campus Climate Survey brought light to the importance of growing efforts that support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on campus. UISRM's DEI committee is eager to lead the program and its students in contributing to a more unified and respectful community. Learn how UISRM is joining the journey to unity and hear from inaugural recipients of the SRM Program Diversity Scholarships.


Dancing for a CauseDM 26

Dance Marathon 27 recently wrapped up with nearly $1.5 million raised for the kids. As the event and its impact has grown through the years, so has the participation and contribution of UISRM students, minors, club members, and practicum participants. Learn about a few of the roles that students took on in addition to dancing. Also, see a list of several UISRM students who participated in Dance Marathon 27.


Why We Give - One Day for Iowa 2021One Day for Iowa Graphic

After finishing in 5th place among all University of Iowa programs during the last #1DayForIowa initiative, the Sport and Recreation Management program’s goal is to finish on the podium (1st, 2nd or 3rd) this year. Participation by the entire UISRM community can help us achieve that goal and in turn fund more scholarships for students in need. Find out how you can help UISRM reach the top of the leaderboard!


UISRM Achievements (March 2021)Conlisk at Daytona

Current students, recent graduates, and UISRM alumni have been busy earning their way into and moving up within the sport and recreation industry. See the accomplishments that the UISRM program is aware of and let us know of any achievements, updates, or news that you would like to share.