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The District of Columbia State Athletic Association today announced that it is making a mental health and suicide prevention program available to all D.C. high school athletic coaches, administrators and trainers.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2021
DCSAA MAKES MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING

AVAILABLE TO COACHES, ADMINISTRATORS AND TRAINERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The District of Columbia State Athletic Association today announced that it is making a mental health and suicide prevention program available to all D.C. high school athletic coaches, administrators and trainers.

“While we are encouraged that student-athletes have returned to competition this spring and look forward to a gradual return to normalcy, it remains more important than ever that we do everything possible to support our student-athletes through this unprecedented situation,” DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said. “We want to build strong relationships, identify when students may benefit from additional behavioral health support and ensure that students are connected to the support they need.”

Working in concert with the DC Department of Behavioral Health, the DCSAA is making available four modules. They can be accessed online at kognitocampus.com.

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    “When we listen and engage our young people in conversation it provides insight into their emotional or mental health needs. Early identification and intervention promote improved mental health and reduce the risk of lifelong challenges”, said Barbara J. Bazron, Ph.D., Director of the DC Department of Behavioral Health. “Sports leaders have a special relationship with students and the DBH sponsored trainings, give them additional tools to support their positive engagement.”

    To learn more about the District of Columbia State Athletic Association, please visit www.dcsaasports.org. CONTACT: Josh Barr, joshbarr4520@gmail.com

    About the District of Columbia State Athletic Association

    The District of Columbia State Academic Association has served District of Columbia public schools, public charter schools, and independent private and parochial schools since 2012. Studies regularly show that students who participate in extracurricular activities generally are better prepared to succeed beyond high school and under DCSAA guidance, student-athlete participation has risen 44 percent. DCSAA empowers its membership to share knowledge and best practices in order to help student-athletes achieve their goals through athletic programming and valuable academic and personal learning experiences.

DCSAA SPRING SPORTS SEASON SCHEDULED TO BEGIN MARCH 18

By Josh Barr 01/28/2021, 2:15pm EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2021

The District of Columbia State Athletic Association today announced that with the District under a Public Health Emergency until March 17, the DCSAA has scheduled a spring sports season beginning March 18. Per the Mayor of the District of Columbia, high school extracurricular sports activities and competitions are suspended for DC public schools, public charter schools, private schools and parochial schools during the Public Health Emergency.

“We look forward to a return to play as soon as it is deemed safe,” DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said. “We know the positive impact that athletics have on our student-athletes and will do everything we can to resume play under safe conditions.”

With the Public Health Emergency extended through mid-March, it will not be possible to hold DCSAA fall or winter sports championships.

“We know that some leagues that include DCSAA member schools plan to hold fall or winter sports in the spring,” Ray said. “Once the District’s Public Health Emergency is no longer in effect, the DCSAA will support member schools if they choose to have their fall or winter teams compete. There will not be traditional restrictions on season start or end dates.

“The DCSAA also will continue to monitor the situation and maintain the flexibility to return to play as soon as we can. We appreciate the leadership and clear direction of Mayor Bowser and know that she has the health and safety of our student-athletes and all District residents first and foremost.”

 

To learn more about the District of Columbia State Athletic Association, please visit www.dcsaasports.org.

CONTACT: Josh Barr, joshbarr4520@gmail.com

About the District of Columbia State Athletic Association

The District of Columbia State Academic Association has served District of Columbia public schools, public charter schools, and independent private and parochial schools since 2012. Studies regularly show that students who participate in extracurricular activities generally are better prepared to succeed beyond high school and under DCSAA guidance, student-athlete participation has risen 44 percent. DCSAA empowers its members.


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