Pursuing Victory With Honor
Sportsmanship training faculty
Josephson Institute’s Sports Ethics training is the key to building a culture of good sportsmanship.
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Our national faculty of trainers includes these experienced individuals:
- Chuck Schmidt, Arizona Interscholastic Association Read more »
- Harold Slemmer, Arizona Interscholastic Association Read more »
- Gary Smit, Lombard School District Read more »
- Larry Smith, NCAA Basketball Southern California Summer League Read more »
Chuck Schmidt bio
Teacher, youth leader, speaker
Chuck Schmidt is the chief operating officer of the Arizona Interscholastic Association where he oversees finance, technology, media, public relations, marketing, tournaments, state legislature political liaison, member school relations, and the AIA Academy. In addition, he’s been a driving force in developing and implementing the AIA’s Pursuing Victory With Honor sportsmanship program in Arizona’s 270-plus member schools.
Schmidt began his career coaching baseball at the collegiate level, then was a high school teacher, coach, and administrator.
Speaking. Mr. Schmidt speaks on character education in sports around the country. A passionate speaker, he confessed he wished he had known about PVWH when he was coaching. “It would have helped me focus more on what I should have,” he told us. “Part of coaching should be teachable moments. Sports is fleeting, but learning is for life.” Call 800-711-2670 to schedule a speaking event.
Harold Slemmer, Ed.D. bio
Educator, trainer, executive director
Dr. Harold Slemmer has been executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association since 1999 and has stood at the forefront of the PVWH initiative in Arizona since its implementation.
He has coached a variety of sports and was an assistant principal before becoming the inaugural principal of Mountain Pointe High School. Since 1992, he has been a part-time instructor for Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University, teaching graduate courses in educational leadership.
Over the years, Dr. Slemmer has received certifications in professional training and accumulated many honors as a student-athlete, coach, and administrator including the North Central Accreditation Circle of Excellence Award and the National Football Federation Distinguished Arizonan Award. In addition, he served on Governor Jane Hull’s Commission on Character Education.
Speaking. Dr. Slemmer has made presentations in over a dozen states on a variety of educational topics, but his dedication to Arizona sportsmanship predominates: “PVWH has evolved from a character-education program to one that embraces a healthy sport experience as the defining feature of interscholastic athletics.” Call 800-711-2670 to schedule a speaking event.
Gary Smit bio
Character educator, speaker, consultant
Dr. Gary Smit is one of the Institute’s most popular, experienced, and versatile speakers. A former superintendent, principal, and teacher, Gary conducts three-day workshops, one-day customized seminars, and conference keynote speeches.
Dr. Smit knows education. He was superintendent for 25 years in Illinois and Wisconsin, and has been an elementary school teacher and principal. He has been with CHARACTER COUNTS! since 1997.
Dr. Smit presents three-day Character Development Seminars, one-day awareness programs, and one-day Living Up to the Public Trust workshops for school superintendents and board of education members. He also teaches CC! to the Child and Youth Services staff of the U.S. Army. In between Institute commitments, Dr. Smit speaks at numerous local, state, and national conferences on the subject of character education.
Speaking. Dr. Smit’s educational background, lively style, and homespun stories have enlightened and engaged audiences across the country. Call 800-711-2670 to schedule a speaking event.
Larry Smith bio
Ethicist, consultant, mediator, instructor
Dr. Larry Smith is a multi-jurisdictional mediator and arbitrator for the superior court system and a court certified Expert Witness on Ethics in Law Enforcement. He is also in private practice and a former consultant to the Department of Justice on school safety. He has taught school at both the elementary and secondary levels and taught ethical decision making at UCLA’s Institute of Public Policy. An ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, Dr. Smith competed in the U.S. Olympic trials as a middleweight boxer. He has coached high school football and basketball and in the Southern California NCAA Division I summer basketball league. He lives in Austin, Texas, and directs a nonprofit organization and ethics consulting firm there.
Speaking: A spellbinding and moving educator, his lessons speak to the heart and are laced with truisms, anecdotes, and common sense. He is challenging yet affirming, informative yet entertaining, encouraging and inspiring. One of his favorite quotes is: “Every adult is a model of ethics, whether good or bad.” In every presentation he tries to reinforce this maxim. Call 800-711-2670 to schedule a speaking event.
Questions? Please call 800-711-2670 or email us.