Boston Coaches Academy 300: Community Development


May 24, 2011

Boston, MA — On May 17th, Sport in Society generated lively discussion with Boston Public School coaches around the powerful potential of connecting high school athletic teams and the community in support of each other.  Selected to facilitate this course by the Red and Blue Foundation’s Boston Scholar Athlete Program, Sport in Society designed a session to cultivate the concept of “TEAM” on and off the playing fields. Using an approach based on active leadership skills, participants learned how to engage parental and community partner support.

The course, led by Sport in Society Program Manager, Caitlin Geddes, and Executive Director, Dan Lebowitz, began with coaches defining their student athletes and their community. After surveying the challenges and opportunities present in their environment, Lebowitz and Geddes walked the coaches through a logic model planning process to delineate the actions and changes required to achieve the goal of fully committed teams.

One coach commented on the course’s ability to “create unity/community amongst coaches.” Another appreciated that the course “helped to identify and put into motion a plan to increase success as a coach.”

The session was one of four courses provided in the Boston Scholar Athlete Program Coaches Academy. The Boston Scholar Athlete Program provides BPS Coaches with access to the highest level of professional development from Boston Youth Sports Initiative, Wheelock College, Sport in Society, Positive Coaching Alliance, and the Institute for Sport Coaching.  The curriculum will help coaches grow on the field, but also develop or reinforce their skills as mentors, off the field.  Learn more about the Coaches Academy and the Boston Scholar Athlete program here: http://www.bostonscholarathlete.org/coaches-academy/

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