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By Sam Jack
CHENEY – Cheney USD 268 athletic director Todd Hague has been named Middle School Athletic Director of the Year, the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (KIAAA) recently announced.
Hague, who is the activities director for both the high school and middle school in Cheney, is one of six ADs who will be recognized at the KIAAA spring conference and awards banquet in April.
Hague learned that one of his fellow Central Plains Middle School League ADs nominated him for the award.
“I’m humbled by the fact that one of my peers recognized my efforts, but I also know that many people, in our league and throughout the state, are deserving of it,” Hague said. “All the different volunteers, clock keepers, bookkeepers, ticket takers, and coaches – it comes from the top down as far as support for activities.”
Overall, activity participation numbers are higher at the middle school level than they are in high school, Hague said.
“That’s one of the big goals of our middle school activities programs, is to be able to get kids involved, give them a chance to try things, give them a chance to belong to a group, a club, a team, so that they can develop socially.
“Social development, time management and work ethic – those are the heart of it. The actual skill or sport is secondary to those things in middle school,” Hague added.
The KIAAA was founded in 1969. Its mission is, “to develop, enhance and preserve the educational values of interscholastic athletics.” The group provides resources to develop leadership and enhance professional skills. For more information on the group, visit www.kiaaa.org.