INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 30, 2021) – The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is pleased to announce that Kamehameha Schools (Hawai’i Campus) in Hawaii has earned Level 1 status in the NFHS School Honor Roll. Kamehameha is the first school in Hawaii to earn Level 1 status in the NFHS School Honor Roll.
The NFHS School Honor Roll is a national recognition program designed to promote professional development for high school coaches by completing specific online education courses through the NFHS Learning Center (www.NFHSLearn.com
In earning Level 1 status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at Kamehameha Schools completed the core course “Fundamentals of Coaching” along with three of the Learning Center’s most significant courses – “Concussion in Sports,” “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” and “Protecting Students from Abuse.”
“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at Kamehameha Schools for taking this significant step in prioritizing professional development,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “These four courses will definitely help the coaches at Kamehameha Schools to handle the daily challenges in high school sports and should serve as a challenge for other schools to follow their example.”
“On behalf of Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Athletic Director Mr. Kimo Weaver, our gratitude goes out to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for this national recognition in celebrating the tremendous work and efforts of our coaches and our athletic department that have consistently and constantly been involved in professional development that enhances and supports student learning here at our Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Campus,” said Dr. Lehua M. Veincent, principal of the Kamehameha Schools Hawai’I Campus. “Being recognized by NFHS as the first school in Hawaiʻi whereas 100 percent of our school’s coaches complete various course content, this is an immense honor for our coaches and it speaks to their ongoing commitment and dedication to our students, their profession and our school.”
As a physical sign of completing Level 1 certification, Kamehameha Schools will receive a large display banner for its school gymnasium to commemorate its accomplishments and dedication to professional development and education-based activity programs.
Schools can earn Level 2 status (and a Level 2 banner) on the NFHS School Honor Roll when more than 90 percent of their coaches – excluding volunteer coaches – complete courses that pertain specifically to sports they coach, along with “First Aid, Health and Safety,” “Heat Illness Prevention” and “Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.”
A Level 3 banner will be awarded for schools that reach 90-percent completion for the “Sportsmanship,” “Strength and Conditioning,” “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” “Engaging Effectively with Parents” and “Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors” courses.
“Earning the NFHS School Honor Roll banner is a symbol that the school and its coaches are committed to providing a great experience for young people, and it’s something that everyone can be proud of within their communities,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Educational Services.