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Western Educational Equity Assistance Center

Equity in Athletics

Extracurricular activities are an important part of the education experience for many students. Participation in high school athletics can be a catalyst for the development of a learning community and impacts school culture and climate. The relationship between the classroom and athletic programs is critical to the success of individual students and including equitable practices is necessary.

Coaches Corner

This section of the Equity in Athletics web page will highlight coaches and the experience of developing equitable practices in high school athletic programs. Podcasts, webinars, and a Virtual College course are being developed and will be housed in this section.

Prior to joining the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center, Mike Marquez spent twenty-one seasons coaching high school athletics. His coaching career began only a year removed from high school and he was hired to lead a program at the age of twenty-two. The sports coached included football, basketball, baseball, and track. He spent thirteen seasons as a Varsity Head Football Coach at three different high schools. Although he is not currently coaching, he remains connected to the coaching community in Colorado and decided to bring a focus to equity issues in high school athletics.

*Views and experiences shared by guests are their own individual opinions and do not represent the WEEAC, MSU Denver, or the employer of the guest.

State Associations

Athletic and Activity Associations by State

Below are links to the state sanctioning associations for activities and athletics for each state served by the WEEAC. The link will take you to their home page and a second link is included if they have a page devoted to equity guidelines.




Alaska School Activities Association


Arizona Interscholastic Association

AIA Equity Committee


California Interscholastic Federation

CIF Equity Page


Colorado High School Activities Association


Hawaii High School Athletic Association


Idaho High School Activities Association


Montana High School Association


Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association

New Mexico

New Mexico Activities Association


Oregon School Activities Association


Utah High School Activities Association


Washington Interscholastic Activities Association


Wyoming High School Activities Association

US Territories

American Samoa

American Samoa High School Athletic Association

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands


Guam Department of Defense Education Activity

National Federation of State High School Associations

NFHS Website

Western Educational Equity Assistance Center

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Phone: 303-615-2020

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