UC Sport Administration Professor Appointed to Ohio High School Athletic Association Committee

David Kelley headshot

David J. Kelley, assistant professor of sport administration at UC, joins the ranks of sport leaders and professionals on the Ohio Capital Conference Committee, which represents one of the largest high school conferences in the country. As part of his role with the organization, on Nov. 20, 2014 Kelley will gather alongside other Ohio Capital Conference Committee members at the Ohio High School Athletic Association headquarters in Columbus, OH for a roundtable meeting that will examine the future of high school athletics.    

As an educator and former coach and athletics administrator, Kelley is well positioned to serve on the committee, bringing a wealth of information from different sport-related roles he has played. In a former position as an athletic administrator, Kelley secured grant funding to revamp a gymnasium and purchase athletic-related equipment for students, helping keep students actively engaged in sports.

Further, while at Ohio University, Kelley’s dissertation addressed an underserved component of the sport landscape: interscholastic athletics. “While lacking the glamour of intercollegiate athletics or professional sports, education-based school athletic programs provide creative and educational outlets for more young people than colleges and the professional sport world combined,” he said.

At UC, Kelley plays an integral role in providing graduates with a strong technical foundation and sport business skills necessary to enter the field of sport management successfully. He is the author of the book, Sports Fundraising: Dynamic Methods for Schools, Universities and Youth Sport Organizations (Routledge, 2012). Kelley is also a Nationally Certified Athletic Administrator with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and presented the workshop “Leveraging Sport Sponsorships in Interscholastic Athletics” at the 44th National Athletic Directors Conference in Anaheim, CA in December 2013.

About The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSSA)

The mission of the OHSSA is to regulate and administer interscholastic athletic competition in a fair and equitable manner while promoting the values of participation in interscholastic athletics as an integral part of a student's educational experience. The OHSAA represents its member schools by recognizing and promoting academics, the safety of participants, good citizenship, and lifelong values as the foundation of interscholastic athletics. The OHSAA is committed to serving its member schools by being the nation's premier non-profit athletic administration organization.

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