Indiana Town Athletics was created out of concern for the future of K-12 education and high school sports. Travis Smith, founder of ITA, uses his training as a qualitative researcher and communicator to talk with community stakeholders in Indiana towns to promote basic sportsmanship and optimism about the future.


INDIANA TOWN is a show hosted by Travis Smith who interviews stakeholders in both education and sports all over the state of Indiana. Episodes cover the history and future of K-12 education and sport, specifically what challenges must be addressed to provide an incredible student experience for years to come. INDIANA TOWN includes commentary from Field Trips and Town Square, the ITA events where Travis visits high schools and community spots to promote good sportsmanship and hear stories on why sports are important to Indiana towns. INDIANA TOWN can be heard on Apple/Spotify and seen on YouTube.

Town Square

The state of Indiana consists of incredible small towns and neighborhoods deeply rooted in hometown sports stories. It’s important to talk about the past while also recognizing the challenges ahead for the future. In Town Square, Travis visits these towns at the coffee shop, diner, corn field or actual school itself, for a loosely guided community conversation about education and sports.

Field Trips

For Field Trips, Travis travels to Indiana high schools and speaks with principals, vice principals, athletic directors, teachers and coaches to get a better indication of the on-the-ground challenges in education and sports. These Field Trips help guide the conversation at Town Square events and improves the INDIANA TOWN show. Most importantly, Field Trips help address and improve on the challenges that Indiana schools and communities are seeing.