CBIM Tips Off the New School Year
Aug 21, 2012
The end of summer marks a significant time for us. As millions of young people sharpen their pencils and dust off their book bags in preparation for the new school year, football two-a-days (i.e., double practice sessions), cross country milers, soccer drills, and other fall sport practices are already in full swing.
Since early July, Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) Leadership Training has been in high gear working with local advocates and hundreds of high-school athletic coaches readying their rosters for the opening game. CBIM inspires coaches to teach their male athletes about the importance of respectful, healthy relationships and that violence never equals strength.
“This is our busiest time of year,” said Brian O’Connor of Futures, “as communities around the country kick off implementation of CBIM, some for the very first time.” In just the past ten days, we continued our collaboration with the Brotherhood Crusade attending their Eighth Annual Jim Cleamons Books and Basketball Camp in Los Angeles followed by trainings with the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention of coaches in the Waverly and Sioux City Community School Districts in northern and western Iowa respectively.
The highlight came on Friday, August 17 when our partners at Denton County Friends of the Family led the CBIM Coaches Leadership session with over 250 coaches in the Lewisville Independent School District outside Dallas. There, CBIM will reach five thousand student-athletes in all five high schools in the district. Up this week? We’re joining with the office of Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to train coaches from around the state in Anchorage.
To learn more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) three-year study of CBIM with more than 2,000 male athletes in 16 California high schools and the positive impact of the program, click here.