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SCSAA Board to meet August 29 to Discuss if Fall Events Possible

Sidney Alumnus, Michael O'Hara Lynch '75
Executive Producer, HBO's "The Weight of Gold"
Premiere Wednesday, July 29

Michael O'Hara Lynch, a 1975 graduate of Sidney High and 2010 Alumni Association Wall of Fame inductee, is Executive Producer of "The Weight of Gold," a documentary highlighting Olympians' mental health struggles. "The Weight of Gold" premieres on HBO on July 29.

Lynch, Olympic marketing executive and partner in 3 Emerald Marketing, previously ran Nielsen's Global Sports & Entertainment Consulting practice. Earlier in his career Lynch led Visa's sponsorship marketing, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games programs, working closely with many high-profile Olympians.

Lynch's father, Howard Lynch, was superintendent of Sidney Central Schools for 19 years and a 2006 Wall of Fame inductee.

The following is from a Warner Media Group press release detailing Lynch's "The Weight of Gold."

HBO Sports has acquired North American television and streaming rights to the documentary feature film, "The Weight of Gold," a revealing and powerful documentary exploring the mental health challenges that Olympic athletes often face in deeply personal detail.

More than 3.6 billion people around the world tune in to the Olympic Games. Just like one in five Americans, many Olympic athletes face serious mental health challenges and struggle to find the necessary support and resources.

In "The Weight of Gold," Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete, recounts his mental health struggles, along with other high-profile Olympic athletes such as Jeremy Bloom, Lolo Jones, Gracie Gold, Bode Miller, Shaun White, Sasha Cohen, David Boudia, Katie Uhlaender and, posthumously, Steven Holcomb and Jeret "Speedy" Peterson.

"As we all cope during this time of anxiety, Michael Phelps and the Olympic athletes of this film are courageously leading a movement for greater mental health awareness, giving a vulnerable look into the emotional costs of exceptional athleticism," Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President of HBO Sports, said.

The "Weight of Gold" is an HBO Sports presentation of a film by Podium Pictures in association with Octagon. The"Weight of Gold" is directed by Brett Rapkin; executive produced by Michael Phelps, Brett Rapkin, Peter Carlisle and Michael O'Hara Lynch, with executive producers for HBO, Peter Nelson and Bentley Weiner; produced by Ellyn Vander Wyden; and narrated by Michael Phelps.

Click to Watch the HBO Trailer

SCSAA Sports Hall of Fame Cancels Plans to Hold Induction in 2020

On July 11, 2020, the Sports Hall of Fame committee met via Zoom to arrive at a decision on the status of the 2020 (18th annual) Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner & Ceremony.

Seven of the ten members were present: Greg Davie, Bob Finnegan, Tim Doyle, Anne Mott, Grace 'Payne' Smith and Mike Boyce. Shane 'Eaton' Armstrong and Shirley Pierce responded by email and text. Larry Halbert was out of town.

After careful thought about Social Distancing and deliberations with local authorities, SHOF sponsors and inductees and legacy members, the committee unanimously decided to cancel plans for the 2020 Induction Dinner and festivities.

Greg Davie, chair mentioned that the committee would hold open the possibility of rescheduling the event on a late winter or early spring 2021 date.

Further developments to be communicated by eBlast.





SCSAA Board Meeting Dates:
Alumni Room, Middle School
August 29 2020 @ 10am
October 10 2020 @10am








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