The creators of Only a Game, a National Public Radio (NPR) show on the untold stories in sports, joined Coach Across America coaches and host site supervisors at the fifth annual Coach Training Institute in Boston last month. Only a Game highlighted Up2Us’ innovative trauma-sensitive coach training and how Beyond the Ball, an Up2Us member organization, has used sports and coaching to transform the Chicago neighborhood of Little Village.
Over the course of the four days, 115 Coach Across America coaches and site supervisors participated in interactive workshops and discussions on the foundations of sports-based youth development, trauma-sensitive coaching, and managing challenging behavior. Additionally, they built new networks across state and organization lines, which will serve them well throughout their terms of service. This year’s event was the Up2Us Center’s largest yet in Boston! Furthermore, we were excited to welcome the eight coaches who are part of our pilot Operation Coach program, which places post-9/11 military veterans as coaches at Up2Us member organizations in the Miami area.
Click below to listen to the segment from NPR radio program, Only a Game: