Why “intentional” mentoring is so important

Screen Shot 2013-06-29 at 2.56.34 PMby Jean Rhodes

I’d like to make the case make for intentional mentoring in all youth settings, but let’s start with a an example from youth sports. The National Council on Youth Sports estimates that more than 45 million youth … Read the rest

Mentoring in the News: Focus on the relationship in after-school programs

Written by Nancy Deutsch, University of Virginia Curry School of Education

When the bell rings at the end of the school day, students run from the classroom to a host of different activities. Some will work with adults to build … Read the rest

New research demonstrates impact of sports mentoring on life skills development

Choi, E., Park, J. J., Jo, K., & Lee, O. (2015). The influence of a sports mentoring program on children’s life skills development. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 15(2), 264.

Summarized by Kirsten Christensen



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The Coach’s influence off the field

952689335107_0_ALBBy ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN Wall Street Journal

Aug. 1, 2016 1:52 p.m. ET

There is a special man who’s changed my life recently, and he says these things to me:

“You rock!”

“Great job in difficult circumstances.”

“You should be really … Read the rest

Bill Russell: We are nothing without our mentors

If not for George Powles, I would have never played basketball.

A mentor who changed my life.

Who was George Powles?

The year was 1949

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How sports participation can foster leadership and success

“Homeroom” The Official blog of the U.S. Department of Education

Recently, ED [the Department of Education] invited student athletes from Urban Squash to speak about how they can use sports for leadership development and academic success. The organization is a … Read the rest

When coaches demoralize (instead of mentor) their young players

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 8.49.39 PMBy Linda Flanagan,  the Atlantic

Playing basketball had been a singular source of joy for her. She had taken it up in first grade, honed her talent in year-round competitive leagues, and earned a spot on the varsity team as

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On Manny, A-Rod, and mentors

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A few years ago, I immersed myself in a most unexpected project—an authorized biography of baseball slugger Manny Ramirez. Unlike most sports writers, I had only a passing interest in the game. What drew me to Manny’s story was Read the rest