MACON (December 3, 2021) The Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) today announced the formation of a re-branded athletic organization created to serve independent schools and their members and constituents. The Georgia Independent Athletic Association (GIAA) will be managed by the GISA and will debut in the 2022-2023 school year. The organization’s focus will be on the interest and needs of all independent school’s athletic programs in the state Georgia.
Former Athletic Director for Marist School, Tommy Marshall, will serve as commissioner of the new organization. To date, 75 independent schools will be participating in the 2022-2023 GIAA athletic calendar with many more to follow. The announcement was made on December 3rd during an on-field presentation in-between the AA and AAA State Championship games at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. A press conference was held in Mercer’s press room immediately following the on-field announcement.
“I believe I can speak for all independent high schools when I say we are thrilled to announce the formation of the GIAA,” said Tommy Marshall, commissioner of the GIAA. “We have created an incredible organization that understands and supports the needs of independent high school athletic programs and we look forward to helping these schools thrive for years to come.”
The 2022-2023 school year will mark the first year of the re-branded organization. The GIAA is an extension of the GISA and is a partnership with its participating schools. GISA is an affiliate member of the NFHS and will continue to follow the rules and regulations established by the organization for high school athletics and activities.
The GIAA will work in partnership with the GISA and will allow member institutions to have a say in the development and advancement of the organization.