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#StayReadyMPS campaign keeps student-athletes engaged during fall sports postponement

 

This fall, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Athletics wanted to find a way to reach student-athletes while navigating a virtual start to the school year and a postponed athletics season. The newly launched #StayReadyMPS Virtual Engagement Campaign is expected to do just that.

Starting Monday, Sept. 21, the MPS Athletics team will engage student-athletes through online avenues, including educational/athletic/training webinars, grade-specific informational sessions, mental health resources, character development, and physical fitness strategies.

“The goal of these sessions, trainings, and webinars is to help student-athletes manage their frustration, fear, and anxiety during these uncertain times,” MPS Athletics Commissioner Bobbie Kelsey said. “We hope that by providing these resources to our student-athletes we can help lift their spirits and keep them involved, so when it does come time for sports to restart, they feel confident and ready to go.”

Each day on MPS Athletics' Facebook and Instagram pages, student-athletes can view photos, messages, and videos that address a variety topics. Additionally, each day of the week will have a theme: Motivational Mondays, Teaching Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays, Throwback Thursdays, and Fitness Fridays.

Positive and encouraging videos will be posted on the page throughout the week, allowing student-athletes to hear from community leaders and celebrities alike, including NFL tight end and Rufus King graduate Lance Kendricks and Mayor Tom Barrett, among others.

By offering this online content, the MPS Athletics team hopes to keep student-athletes excited and prepared for sports, even from home. For more information on this program, visit mpsmke.com/athletics or follow the various social media channels above.


Contests

MPS Athletics is offering a contest throughout the first month of the #StayReadyMPS campaign! If you like and follow us on our Facebook or Instagram pages through Monday, Oct. 19, you will automatically be entered into the MPS Athletics contest. One name will be randomly selected to receive an MPS Athletics Prize Pack, which features a #StayReadyMPS shirt, MPS Athletics items, a free season pass for two people to all MPS games during the 2021-22 school year, and more!

MPS Athletics is also operating a contests for schools! The winning school will receive a $1,000 grant for its athletic department. Click here for more information on our contest for schools.


Video Submissions

Student-athletes are also invited to submit their own videos - let us know how you are planning to #StayReadyMPS this fall. Submit your videos here: mkerec.net/StayReadyMPS. Everyone who submits a Fitness Friday video will also be entered into a raffle to include the same prizes as above. The top videos will also be posted to our social media channels.


Webinars

The MPS Athletics team will be coordinating and leading live Zoom sessions for student-athletes in every high school grade level. Each session will cover a variety of topics, including recruiting, scholarship opportunities, eligibility, health, wellness, and more!

Click here to see the schedule for each grade level and register for FREE for the proper Zoom session. An email will be sent out ahead of each session with the appropriate Zoom link.

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Contacts

Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

armsev@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
414-688-9664

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

douglas@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
414-940-2702

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  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state and nation's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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