That’s how retiring Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Executive Director Steve Savarese summed up the end of the 2020-21 high school sports year, which saw every AHSAA-sanctioned sport start and complete their season on time and play for a championship.
Today, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) named their new executive director—former Auburn football player and current associate executive director Alvin Briggs. This July, he’ll be making history as the first African-American AHSAA executive director.
Learn about common mental health issues and resources for help. These forums are a project of NewGen Peacebuilders. The forums were planned by a group of teenagers in the Birmingham area who want to bring attention to the mental health issues of teens, especially through COVID-19. Counselors from YouthTalkUnited will lead the discussion at the forums.
Nearly every high school in Alabama has a football stadium that can double and sometimes triple as a soccer field or a place to run track. Basketball and volleyball teams have their gyms on campus. Many schools have baseball and softball fields nearby.
When I first met with the staff at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) in December of 2019 to map out stories for the upcoming year, the most common refrain I received from the staff was “high school sports, more than a game.”
It is one of the most memorable traditions in sports—honorary captains participating in the coin toss before the start of a championship football game. Presidents, heroes, hall of famers and celebrities are typically given the distinction. In Alabama, we take it to a higher level.
When I was interviewing people for this story about Vestavia Hills Head Football Coach Buddy Anderson, the winningest football coach in Alabama High School history, I noticed something. Not one person mentioned the score of a game or the wins that added up to that record. Not a word.