The NIAAA Certification Program focuses on continuing education, professional growth and program development in the vocation of interscholastic athletic administration. To obtain his CMAA, Beer spent the last two and a half years working on a series of 12 courses and a graduate-level project. His project and oral presentation of developing a sportsmanship summit in Tooele County was evaluated and approved October 25 by the NIAA certification committee.
“Catham has a sincere love for kids, and is passionate about high school athletics,” said Tooele Area Director Jeff Hamm. “Catham is an excellent role model, not only for our coaches, but for all our student-athletes and their parents. He wants what is best for all kids at every school. I am so happy and proud of him. He deserves any and all accolades that come his way.”
Hamm complimented Beer’s exceptional work ethic, personal characteristics of honesty and loyalty, as well as his willingness to help whenever needed. Assistant Superintendent Doelene Pitt agreed that Beer’s expertise has been an asset to the sports programs in the county.
“It’s a privilege to work with him,” said Pitt. “He is very organized, knowledgeable and supportive of all sports. Catham is a great example to our student athletes and the sportsmanship summit he chaired this summer was a huge success.”
Beer said he hopes the sportsmanship summit he started will continue to grow throughout the years.
“It was not a one-and-done thing. There is a need for it, and it is important that good sportsmanship values are promoted between schools, athletes and parents,” said Beer.