The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is grateful to its partner organizations for their investment in and commitment to student-athletes and communities across the state of Iowa. This featured blog series will highlight our partners and showcase why they invest in the IGHSAU, how they are supporting Iowans during this difficult time and words of encouragement for the Iowa Girl. We will also share ways in which you, the reader, can in turn support these businesses and organizations in return as a way thank them for their investment in the IGHSAU.

Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.

Contact: Drew Bracken, Attorney

Phone: 515-243-7611

E-mail: dbracken@ahlerslaw.com

Website: ahlerslaw.com

Why does Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. support the IGHSAU and the Iowa Girl?

First, Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. believes it’s important to support the communities in which we live and work. Also, we represent over 250 school districts statewide, ranging from some of the smallest school districts in Iowa to the 10 largest districts in the state. We support local school districts‘ efforts to provide outstanding programs for girls and boys. This partnership is a great way for the firm to support Iowa's girls and student-athletes, coaches, and the educational institutions who work so hard at educating our youth – our future leaders and workforce.

How is Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. supporting Iowa communities during this time?

Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. continues to be proactive in helping advise and educate our clients in the areas of education law and employment & labor law, especially as we all maneuver through unprecedented times. It is our role to help our clients understand the changing legal dynamics of COVID-19 and how new state and federal mandates impact the school districts and their employees. We continue to draft client alerts and brief our clients on how best to handle various employment and HR issues.

What else should the IGHSAU community know about Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.?

Our attorneys believe it's an honor to work with school boards, school administrators, teachers, and coaches throughout the state. We believe in the IGHSAU and the wonderful leadership and other skills Iowa girls gain from being involved in their schools' sports programs. Lessons learned in interscholastic athletics, like teamwork, self-discipline, and sportsmanship, will serve girls well throughout their lives and careers. Our hearts go out to those students who have been training so hard and have not yet competed this spring due to the virus.

Words of Encouragement to the IGHSAU community and the Iowa Girl

We WILL get through this pandemic together, and we will all be the stronger for it! Hats off to Iowa's K-12 schools!