Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Unveils Website, Writing Contest and Statewide Meeting


Ohio Prep Sportswriter’s Association

Founded in 1972, the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) has a
distinguished list of Hall of Fame inductees and annual traditions. Now, the OPSWA also
has a website…and new direction. See for yourself…

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Founded in 1972, the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) has a distinguished list of Hall of Fame inductees and annual traditions including a writing contest and statewide meeting. Now, the OPSWA also has a website that contains many resources and has announced details for a writing contest and the next statewide meeting March 29.

The last statewide meeting for the OPSWA was held in March 2009, but membership and participation in the annual writing contest was declining. Plans to revive the association and improve communication, including the development of a website and contact through e-mail, were initiated in 2010 in partnership with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Those efforts have resulted in the creation of the OPSWA’s first website, www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA, which currently resides on the OHSAA’s ‘News & Media’ page.

The website includes information about:

– OPSWA officers (elections will take place in conjunction with the March 29 statewide meeting)
– Upcoming meetings
– Membership list and registration form: www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA/OPSWAMemberRegistration.pdf
– District media directories
– Hall of Fame: www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA/HOF.htm
– Writing contest: www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA/Contests.htm

There is no cost to become an OPSWA member or attend the next statewide OPSWA meeting, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the DoubleTree Hotel Crosswoods/Worthington (intersection of State Route 23 and I-270). Media planning to attend the meeting are asked to indicate that on the appropriate line of the membership registration form (see link above). The membership registration form also allows for media to indicate if they are interested in learning more about becoming an OPSWA officer.

The last OPSWA writing contest was conducted during the 2009 calendar year. Thus the current writing contest represents a two-year timeframe of entries written from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2011. A contest entry form is posted on the contest page and has more details. The cost is $20 to enter the contest, which currently serves as the only revenue source for the OPSWA (no registration fee). The entry deadline is Feb. 10 and there are four categories and six divisions. Sportswriters from around the state will serve as judges.

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