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NYSPHSAA plans centennial celebration

Posted 2/11/23

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023.

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NYSPHSAA plans centennial celebration


The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023.

The organization’s is setting a celebration during the annual Central Committee meeting Tuesday, July 25 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona. A time for the event was not released.

The event will feature a panel of special guests to help reflect on the association’s 100 years, according to a news release. Individuals currently and previously in leadership roles with the organization “will share their stories and perspectives” during the event.

The organization also plans to display artifacts and photos from the last several decades, “demonstrating the growth of the organization over the years,” according to the release. The celebration will conclude with the induction of the NYPSHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2023 on Wednesday, July 26 at Turning Stone. The class will be announced in May, according to the release.

“Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association is an exciting time for all of us involved in interscholastic athletics in New York State,” NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said in the release. “So many people have played a part in the long history of this association and we are thrilled to be able to highlight some of the accomplishments over the coming months. We look forward to the centennial celebration in July and al the exciting things we have coming up to honor the association’s 100 years of service.”

The association has begun recognizing its centennial and plans more initiatives leading up to the July event. Last summer, NYSPHSAA designed a special centennial logo and placed it on a commemorative coin then provided one to each member athletic administrator and to Central Committee members, according to the release.

At fall championships, the logo was prominent in digital and traditional signage in championship venues as well as on athlete/coach credentials and in championship programs.

In February, the NYSPHSAA “will honor its 100-year history with social media posts every week noting This Day in History or unique facts about the organization leading up to the centennial celebration in July, the release said.

The organization is editing and writing of its history book, the release said, In 2012, former NYSPHSAA Assistant Director Walter Eaton wrote and published the history of NYSPHSAA from 1923 to 2011. This year, the book will get revisions in addition to an extra 50 pages highlighting 2012 to 2023. The book is due to be published this spring, according to the release.

“Our staff is engaged in the planning of many initiatives to celebrate this momentous occasion,” Zayas said in the release. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are excited to promote all the great moments, historical events and people that this association has impacted and received contributions from.”

NYSPHSAA was formed on December 30, 1922 and saw the first New York State championship conducted in May 1923. That year, the NYSPHSAA Track and Field Championships were held at Union College in Schenectady.

Currently, NYSPHSAA is made up of 787 member schools across the state, divided into 11 sections.

Schools in the Mohawk Valley are part of Section III.


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