Coaching Boys Into Men

There is a special bond between coaches and their players. Coaches play an influential role in the lives of young athletes and are in a position to positively influence how their athletes think and behave both on and off the field or court.

Diversity Leadership Project is now partnering with the Tennessee Department of Health and coaches throughout Middle Tennessee to implement the “Coaching Boys into Men” program as part of a statewide effort to reduce relationship abuse and sexual assault.

Violence Never Equals Strength

Coaching Boys into Men is an evidence-based program that equips athletic coaches with strategies, scenarios and resources needed to build attitudes and behaviors that prevent relationship abuse, harassment and sexual assault. CBIM educates athletes that violence never equals strength.

Leaders in School, Leaders in Community

We understand that coaches and athletes are often seen as leaders in schools and often in their larger communities, and we seek to empower and motivate them to model right action for others who look up to them.  Diversity Leadership Project believes that Coaching Boys into Men demonstrates the power of organized physical activity and athletic contests to help shape young people who value respect, integrity, fairness and importantly, solutions that don’t involve violence.

Our Best Case Study

Maplewood High School in Nashville has implemented the CBIM program with their basketball team. Through the course of the season, Maplewood coaches led players through brief weekly activities that were integrated into their regular coaching strategy and sessions. Their athletes received tools and vocabulary needed to model respect and promote social norms that support safe and welcoming school environments. Maplewood won the Tennessee Class AA Boys Basketball State Championship this season.

Coaching Boys Into Men creates a safe space for young males to talk about healthy masculinity while also engaging them as allies in violence prevention efforts.

Coaching Boys into Men is based on the following four guiding principles:

The Power of Sports: Sports have tremendous influence in our culture and in the lives of young people. Principles of teamwork and fair play that are central to athletics make sports an ideal platform to teach healthy relationship skills.

Strong Partnerships Foster Success: Coaching Boys into Men is most successful when coaches, advocates, stakeholders and community agencies have strong partnerships.

Building Leadership, Transforming Norms: Coaching Boys into Men has been proven to positively impact athletes’ abilities to intervene when witnessing abusive or disrespectful behavior. As leaders themselves, athletes are given the tools and vocabulary to respect and influence their school’s culture.

Coach as Leader: Coaches are central to the program’s success since they are often seen as role models by athletes.

Coaching Boys Into Men can be implemented with athletes in any sport at any high school. For more information about how to start, contact Diversity Leadership Project.