The Parent Support Network is a committee which facilitates and communicates educational events for parents on a variety of topics on issues parents of teens face. They host a parent social at the beginning of the year, as well as sponsor assemblies for students and parents each spring.
The Parent Support Network reminds you to mark your calendars for a special event on Wednesday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m., Illinois State University is sponsoring guest speaker John Trautwein, Found of The Will to Live Foundation, Inc. He is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who lost his son Will to suicide in 2010. John will focus on what he learned as a grieving parent who was unaware of eth issues that faced his child and still burden millions of teens today. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.
The Parent Support Network hosted a Student Athlete Information Night on November 2, 2016 featuring Richard and Wilma Bates, parents of The Ohio State University basketball player Keita Bates-Diop; Dr. Bob Fitzgerald head coach during Keita's University High School basketball career and Cindy Harris from the Illinois State University Compliance / Student Services.
Highlights from the discussion are as follows;
- There is no secret formula to achieve Division I, II, or III level athletic ability. The player's level will find them.
- Your relationship with the coach is key. Richard and Wilma understood this objective and focused on Keita becoming a part of the U-High family, not that the team or coach needed to work around his talent.
Coach Fitzgerald offered this advice when preparing a student for athletics;
- Work with your coach regardless of what level your son or daughter is playing. Having a good relationship between the school coach and travel team coach is key as well.
- Be realistic in assessing the athlete's level of talent. Be objective and not emotional about their potential.
- Be open and honest with the coach. Talk to the coach about your hopes and dreams. Work with the coach to figure out plans to be recruited. Trust is the key.
- Stay in control of the attention the player is receiving.
It is very competitive to achieve Division I or II level athletics. Richard offered that the recruiting coaches look at;
- How hard do they play?
- What positions do they play?
- What kind of individual are they (character)?
- Parents must be engaged and help the child develop fundamental skills and build a strong relationship with the coach.
- Cindy Harris discussed the academic requirements for Division I and II athletics. (Note: Division III does not offer athletic scholarships, so no requirements needed)
- All of the requirements discussed in the meeting can be found at the following website: