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The Black Coaches Classic grew out of a concern for underrepresentation of Black leaders in coaching and in the administrative ranks of scholastic and collegiate athletics. Bob Hohler wrote in the Boston Globe on August 22, 2020 that, "The lack of Black leaders in New England college sports is what institutional and systemic racism looks like".
We agree that representation matters, and we decided to do something about it.
GetPsychedSports.org is dedicated to advancing a model of high school and youth sports teams where facilitating coaches intentionally and explicitly teach social-emotional learning (SEL) and sport psychology skills within a positive, safe, student-centric framework.
If a player has their voice heard and valued, they are more likely to be invested in all aspects of the team. Players will become more engaged when they realize that their voice matters. They will play with more effort and be more goal-focused.
In an age where employers crave decision-makers and creative problem-solvers, training young people as we do now to robotically conform to every order just as 1900’s factory workers did, is not filling the needs of 21stcentury youth.
There is no curriculum for athletics, there are no specific outcomes or goals for students that apply to all teams, school and district-wide. Coaches are left rudderless, and therefore, players have uneven experiences within the same school.