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New Programs Offer Athletes' Leadership Skills

New programs offer athletes’ leadership skills to transform their schools to be safer, more positive

This year, FWPS will be the first large school district in the country to provide two evidence-based programs for all high school athletes: Athletes as Leaders for girls and Coaching Boys into Men for boys.

Other schools across the country who’ve implemented the programs report positive results including reduced bullying and violence prevention.

This partnership with Team Up Washington includes training for high school coaches. FWPS high school coaches for fall sports received the training in July 2019 with additional trainings scheduled for winter and spring coaching staff. Coaches lead brief weekly discussions focused on character building, healthy relationships, violence prevention and other topics. 

Programs like these can create a bigger impact beyond the sports team. It empowers students to step up and make a difference in their schools to help make their school culture safer and more positive.

On Sept. 9, 2019, secondary school parents were invited to attend a parent information session to learn more. Speakers included FWPS Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell, FWPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Danielle Pfeiffer, Ward Urion, Social Change Manager with LifeWire, and Rebecca Milliman, Prevention and Education Coordinator with University of Washington’s Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress.

Urion and Milliman shared data from a Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center study that indicated:

  • Athletes as Leaders athletes who completed the program had statistically significant changes in three key areas:
    • improved ability to identify abusive behaviors;
    • improved belief in gender equity; and
    • increased self-image and confidence.
  • Coaching Boys into Men has shown a positive affect to male athletes’ bystander behaviors and to reduce abuse perpetration. 

For questions about the program contact the high school athletic director or the Director of Equity and Athletics Jerry Peterson at 253-945-2082.