Dr. Karissa Niehoff and Dr. Timothy McGuine to Headline Virtual Interscholastic Athletics/Activities Summit

‘Preparing for the Return of Interscholastic Athletics & After School Activities’ is a virtual conference taking place on Wednesday, June 16.

Dr. Karissa Niehoff and Dr. Timothy McGuine to Headline Virtual Interscholastic Athletics/Activities Summit

The online summit will take place on Wednesday, June 16. Register now! Photo via Adobe, by Augustas Cetkauskas

Jackson, Mississippi – On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience (IIFX) and Campus Safety will host a National, complimentary, one-day, virtual summit that anyone involved in Interscholastic Athletics or after school activities will want to attend. The title of the summit is: “Preparing for the Return of Interscholastic Athletics & After School Activities.

“We are honored that, among 20 distinguished speakers, Dr. Karissa Neihoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Dr. Timothy McGuine. Dr. McGuine, a Distinguished Scientist in the Department of Orthopedics – Sports Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, have agreed to join our prestigious lineup,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, director and co-founder of IIFX and former director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).


IIFX is offering the summit as a complimentary service to anyone the industry who can benefit as part of IIFX’s mission to “build and support a global alliance of thought leaders and stakeholders centered around safety, security and the services that contribute to the ideal fan experience.” 

ImageThe virtual summit will be sponsored by Swift Test, LLC, the rapid 10-minute antigen testing company focused on providing reliable results quick and efficiently. Being FDA-EUA authorized, Swift Test is dedicated to the protection of individuals and the halt of the virus’ transmission. As an intended point-of-care (POC) designated test with a 10-minute processing time, the CareStart™ COVID-19 Antigen Test allows effective screening of COVID-19 infection on a large scale.


Dr. Karissa Niehoff

Session 4 of the one-day virtual summit will be led by Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), whose talk will center around “The New Landscape”. Dr. Karissa Niehoff is the first female chief executive officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and only the sixth person in the 101 years of the organization to hold the position on a full-time basis. Currently, she is the only female chief executive officer among the leaders of the national organizations for high school, college and professional sports. At the national level, Niehoff served on the NFHS Board of Directors for three years prior to joining the staff, including a term as president-elect. To read more about Dr. Niehoff, you can so do here.


Dr. Timothy McGuine

The general networking session 7 will address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and quality of life in high school athletics, and will be led by Dr. Timothy McGuine. Dr. McGuine, PhD, ATC, is a Distinguished Scientist in the Department of Orthopedics – Sports Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His research focus is to better understand the incidence, risk factors, prevention techniques and health related outcomes for injuries and other conditions that can impact the health of adolescent athletes. Dr. McGuine’s work has resulted in numerous invitations to present at national and international sports medicine symposia, as well as the publication of more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the past decade. In addition to his academic work, he serves on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committees for both the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and the National Federation of High Schools.

The one-day summit will feature a knowledgeable and experienced lineup of professionals ranging from high school athletic directors, safety and security professionals in interscholastic athletics, counselors, physicians, superintendents and other leaders preparing to return to interscholastic athletics and after school activities this fall. The complete list of speakers and panelists can be found in the agenda below. Any updates can be found at this LINK. Panelists will address adaptations to health, safety, security and operations during the COVID-19 era.

“The Summit agenda brings together nationwide thought leaders, decision-makers and innovators to address critical issues for reopening school events this fall,” said Marciani.

All summit topics underscore key strategies for a safe return, such as: what we’ve learned from the pandemic, building strong partnerships, health safety plans and protocols, mental health, and building trust and confidence with the community, administration, staff, and students. To register, click HERE.


All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT/UTC – 5 Hours)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Opening Remarks/ Keynote

“Key Strategies for the Preparation for the Return of Interscholastic Athletics and After School Activities”

Karl Kay, Swift Test, LLC

Kevin Wren, School Safety Advocate, A3 Communications

Dr. Lou Marciani, IIFX, Facilitator

11:15 am – 12:15 am

“Translating the Pandemic Lessons Learned into Re-Starting After School Activities”

Nancy Beatty, Athletic Director, Providence Day – Charlotte, North Carolina

Lamont Dodson, Police Captain, Cleveland Municipal School District – Cleveland, Ohio

Tom Gladney, Athletic Director, Biloxi High School, Biloxi, Mississippi

Jennifer Serran, Rick Management Specialist Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Rancho Cordova, California

Dr. Lou Marciani, IIFX, Facilitator

11:15 am – 12:15 am

“How to Leverage Technology for the Post Covid Era Protocols”

Tom McDermott, CEIA USA

Kevin Wren, School Safety Advocate, A3 Communications

Karl Kay, Swift Test, LLC

Guy Grace, IIFX Facilitator

12:30 am – 1:30 pm

Premium Lounge Meeting /General Networking

Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHSA)

Dr. Lou Marciani, IIFX, Facilitator

12:30 am – 1:30 pm

“Building Strong Partnership Capabilities”

Robby Ball, Coordinator, Education Support Services, Safety and Security, Hurst-Euless Bedford ISD, Bedford, Texas

Jennifer Frazier, Director of Athletics, McKinney ISD, McKinney, Texas

Chris Kinnan, IIFX, Facilitator

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Mid-Day Keynote Address

“Dealing with the Mental and Emotional Health Issues”

Glenzetta Hall, Professional Counselor (LPC)

Debbie Grace, School Psychologist

Dr. Til Jolly, Chief Medical Officer, Aveshka

Tom McDermott, CEIA USA

Dr. Lou Marciani, IIFX, Facilitator

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Premium Lounge Meeting /General Networking

Dr. Timothy A. McGuine, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Til Jolly, Chief Medical Officer, Aveshka

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“Re-Defining the New Normal”

Andre Walker, Athletic Director, Houston ISD, Houston, Texas

Lance Carter, Assistant Athletic Director, Katy ISD, Katy, Texas

Judy Miller, Director of Risk Management & Environment Safety, Perris Unition High School District, Perris, California

Chris Kinnan, IIFX, Facilitator

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm           

Ending Keynote/Closing Summit

“Building Trust and Confidence with the Community, Administration, Staff, and Students”

Larry Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Schools/Executive Director of Public Safety, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. James Hanna, Superintendent, Rossville Consolidated School District, Lafeyette, Indiana

Dr. Kechia Rowles, Athletic Director, Rockdale County Public Schools, Conyers, Georgia

Dr. Jeffrey Sullivan, Director of Systemwide Athletics, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery, Maryland

Dr. Lou Marciani, IIFX, Facilitator

To register for and learn more about IIFX and the event, click HERE.  IIFX offers a $99 annual subscription (or $9.99 per month) for full access to its suite of content and other services.

The Innovation Institute for Fan Experience (IIFX) is hosting its annual International Conference from 26-28 October 2021 (Tuesday – Thursday), in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA).  The theme of the conference is “Bold Changes for Sports and Entertainment Industry.”

IIFX has created a survey that is designed to determine interest in attending this in-person conference later this year in Las Vegas, NV.  We are collecting responses to this survey through 16 June 2021.

The conference will address the following critical issues in the sports and entertainment industry as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic: Taking a “Fan Centric” Approach to Presenting Events, Changes to Threat and Vulnerability Profiles for Venues & Events, The Post-Pandemic Labor Force – Recruiting/Training/Retaining Personal and, Technology Solutions for a Changed Live Event World.


About the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience

Founded in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic by veteran industry leaders, IIFX’s vision is to be the leading and most trusted global authority on providing safety, security and fan experience for sports and entertainment. With offices in the USA, UK and Canada, IIFX produces content, events and facilitates dialogue and collaboration in in the sports and entertainment industry around its core areas of expertise. Visit: iifx.org for more.

About Dr. Lou Marciani: Read more at this link.

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