Coaches to prevent violence

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I am very impressed with prevention efforts that work with coaches, such as Coaching Boys Into Men.  One great example of a coach making a difference is former college allstar and NFL player Joe Ehrmann.

Check out this interview as he discusses his book InsideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives. This book includes preventing sexual violence and dating violence as part of the issues that coaches must address to promote social justice and address this country’s crisis of masculinity.

Joe Ehrmann on InSideOut Coaching

David Lee

David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project Prevention Connection, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 29 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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  • Brian Porch September 26, 2011, 9:07 AM

    I and other community partners in cooperation with our local CCR Team here in Johnson County, Kansas, have been providing “clinics” for area youth coaches on the Coaching Boys Into Men Program for the past 6 years, and at this point we’ve provided the CBIM Playbook to over 2000 coaches. I fully appreciate Mr. Ehrmann’s message to coaches – and to violence prevention advocates – regarding the largely untapped potential they have to positively impact the life of a young athlete. Often – as may have been Mr. Ehrmann’s case – a coach is the only positive role model in a child’s life, and while many coaches see opportunities to positively intervene they are often under so much pressure to simply have a “winning season” that they feel it’s perhaps not their role to address character issues. All the more important that communities work with coaches as an invaluable resource and provide the necessary tools for them to become “transformational.”