DIAA held their 15th Annual Student Leadership Conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tommie Neubauer (302-857-3365)
Dover, DE (August 8, 2018) – The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association [DIAA] held their 15th Annual Student Leadership Conference at the Virden Center in Lewes this past weekend. Twenty-five student-athletes from twenty-two different member schools participated in the three-day event. The adult leaders were; Jeff Ransom, Friends, Linda Ogden, Tower Hill, Theresa Repole, Newark Charter, Ed Smith, Newark and Tommie Neubauer, DIAA. Former DIAA Staff member Terre Taylor help plan much of the event before leaving DIAA.
The Staff completely reworked this year’s Agenda to focus on more student-led activities. Five of the students attended the NFHS Student Leadership Summit in Indianapolis last month and this group formed the student-leadership team. Those students were; Amelia Christensen, Concord, Jane Lyons, Ursuline, Caden Dickerson, Seaford, Jack Faust, Sussex Academy and Grace Sekscinski, Milford. This team chose the theme Brave for the weekend activities. Student and adult led breakout sessions were focused on Being Brave, We are Brave, Only the Brave and Home of the Brave. The sessions covered the topics of leadership, team captaincy, sportsmanship, fitness and perseverance. There were daily fitness sessions emphasizing agility and yoga-based exercises. This years’ service project was a Saturday afternoon visit to Camp Barnes where the students paired with Special Olympic athletes in a series of physical challenges, sporting games and craft activities.
Mr. Neubauer who was attending his 12th Conference stated that, “this was easily the best group of students that I have ever worked with at the Conference.” And perhaps the best endorsement of how meaningful the Conference was came from Newark Charter student Emma Ueltzhoffer who said, “this Conference completely exceeded all of my expectations.” The full list of students and their school. Jessica Crawford, Caesar Rodney, Colleen Sheridan, Caravel, Amelia Christensen, Concord, Julie Kulesza, Conrad, Maddie Kuennen, DMA, David Nichols, Glasgow, Kris Thompson, Lake Forest, Elya Niblett, Laurel, Nadiyah Fisher, Middletown, Grace Sekscinski, Milford, Ayanna Obey, Mt Pleasant, Emma Ueltzhoffer and Nathan Jones, Newark Charter, Cameron Smith, Sanford, Ayanna Cannon and Caden Dickerson, Seaford, Connor Rock, St. Elizabeths, Jack Faust, Sussex Academy, Grace Wenzel, Tower Hill, Caroline Taylor and Jane Lyons, Ursuline, Madison Johnson, Wilmington Christian, Craig Lyttletown, Friends, Kyle Hensley, Woodbridge.
Notifications and Alerts
Tuesday, December 13, 2018: DIAA Board Meeting
Thursday, January 17, 2019: DIAA Board Meeting
Saturday, February 2, 2019: DIAA Indoor Track State Championship Meet @ PG County
Monday, February 4, 2019: Baseball and Boys Lacrosse Rules Clinic (location TBD) *
Wednesday, February 6, 2019: Last Competition Date for Dual Meet Wrestling
Thursday, February 7, 2019: Soccer and Track & Field Rules Clinic (location TBD) *
Saturday, February 9, 2019: Wrestling Dual Meet State Championship Tournament @ Smyrna HS
Monday, February 11, 2019: Softball and Girls Lacrosse Rules Clinic (location TBD) *
Tuesday, February 12, 2019: Last Competition Date for Swimming & Diving
* Date and Location subject to change
Ticketing and Streaming
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Purpose of DIAA
Purpose of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA)
The purpose of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association is to
Contact InformationThomas Neubauer, Executive DirectorPhone: (302) 857-3365 Fax: (302) 739-1769
- preserve and promote the educational significance of interscholastic athletics;
- ensure that interscholastic sports remain compatible with the educational mission of the member schools;
- provide for fair competition between member schools;
- promote sportsmanship and ethical behavior;
- establish and enforce standards of conduct for athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and spectators;
- protect the physical well-being of athletes;
- and promote healthy adolescent lifestyles.