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Why “intentional” mentoring is so important

by 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 between 8 and 19 participate in some form of youth sports each year, making it one of […]

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 on the lessons they learned in the classroom. Others will join a sports team, orchestra […]

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   Introduction In recent years, there has been a paradigm shift in how we conceptualize youth development, moving from a […]

The Coach’s influence off the field

By 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 proud of yourself.” He’s my scuba instructor. A great sports instructor or coach builds us […]

Bill Russell: We are nothing without our mentors

Bill Russell, Special for USA TODAY Sports12:30 a.m. EST January 21, 2016 (Photo: AP) 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 and I was a sophomore at McClymonds High School in Oakland. Back then, freshman couldn’t try […]

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 youth development program that combines the sport of squash with academics, mentoring, community service, and […]

When coaches demoralize (instead of mentor) their young players

By 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 a high-school freshman. Now a sophomore at a private California high school, the girl—whom I’ll call […]

On Manny, A-Rod, and mentors

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 mentoring.  The book was launched on the heels of his MVP World Series performance, and just before […]