Coaching boys into men
Gayle Guest Brown
The NFL recognizes its “role and responsibility to have a positive impact beyond professional football” – NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell
Much has been written about Commissioner Goodell and the NFL’s new Domestic Violence Policy. The policy’s first test subject is Ray McDonald, the San Francisco 49ers’ 29-year-old, 290-pound starting defensive lineman, who was arrested Aug. 31 for felony domestic violence, released on $25,000 bond and ordered to appear in court Sept. 15.
Domestic Violence arrests are an ongoing problem for the NFL and now they have a policy designed to demonstrate stronger sanctions.
Nevada Union High School Athletic Director Jeff Dellis recognizes the importance of building character in addition to competitive skills in his young athletes. Well before the NFL’s domestic violence scandals began to break this year, Dellis reached out to DVSAC to collaborate with him and his coaches to bring Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM), an evidence-based violence prevention program for youth athletes, to Nevada Union.
CBIM is designed to inspire athletic coaches to teach male athletes the importance of respect for themselves, others and particularly women and girls in their lives.
Dellis answered the call last year, attending the DVSAC “A Call to Men” forum where local male leaders from a cross section of our community sought solutions for ending violence against women. In his new role as athletic director, Dellis, also Nevada Union’s longtime varsity boys basketball coach, is poised to make a difference for our community and athletes.
The CBIM Program consists of 12 15-minute lessons delivered by their coach. Coaches play an influential role in the lives of young men, often serving as life-long mentors.
“Coaches are poised to positively influence their athletes,” the CBIM program is described. “Whether it’s in talks with the team, practices or casual conversation, coaches have numerous opportunities to teach early and often that violence has no place in relationships”.
Recognizing the influential role coaches have with their athletes and the influential roles athletes have on campus, this could very well create safer tomorrows and healthier relationships for Nevada Union High School students and Nevada County.
“At the end of the day it’s about helping our young men and people the(y) influence avoid regrettable decisions that hurt others and potentially change the course of their lives,” said CBIM trainer Ernest Brown.
The coaches will have the support of two community volunteers, Kevin Bennett and Pearce Boyer, who will act as liaisons between DVSAC and NU Coaches as they roll out their program.
Nevada Union has 107 coaches in 24 sports across three seasons. The teams we are starting with are (Fall Season), football (12 coaches), soccer (two coaches) and cross country (two coaches); (Winter Season), basketball, wrestling and cross country skiing; (Spring Season) track and field, baseball and tennis
DVSAC will provide the coaching kits and training at no cost.
Form more information about the Coaching Boys into Men program, contact Ernest Brown at 916-847-8328; or call the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition at 530-272-2046.
Gayle Guest-Brown is executive director at the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition.
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