Plymouth Christian Academy in Canton is joining in partnership with the Play Like a Champion Today Character Education Through Sports program next month, March 3-4, 2017.

    Friday, March 3, Parent Workshop, from 5:30pm – 6:45pm in the CBC Auditorium
    Saturday, March 4, Coaches Clinic, from 9am – 1pm in the PCA Library
    Saturday, March 4, Athlete Workshop, from 2pm – 3pm in the PCA Library

Mrs. Caryn Huntsman, Superintendent and Secondary Principal, welcomes the opportunity to work with Play Like a Champion, saying: “Play Like a Champion sees coaching as a form of ministry, and challenges coaches to develop the whole athlete: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Our school looks forward to gaining tools to enhance our school’s athletic experience.”

Winning-at-all-costs coaching, sports specialization, and parent “sports rage” are just a few of the problems eroding the culture of sports today. The Play Like a Champion Today program is designed to provide children and adolescents with the highest quality sports experience possible. The program’s resources are developed in collaboration with faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s Shaw Center for Children and Families and with social scientists, philosophers, theologians, sport scientists, and physicians in universities nationally and internationally. Play Like a Champion aims to renew the culture of youth sports by educating coaches to move beyond the X’s and O’s of coaching to address the core elements of effective coaching: 1) motivation, 2) team-building, 3) leadership. Research-based and ethically-directed, Play Like a Champion designs its educational programs to nurture personal, moral and spiritual development along with athletic excellence for all athletes.

By partnering with Play Like a Champion, Plymouth Christian brings their “Coaching as Ministry” clinic, parent workshop and athlete programming to their school community. Play Like a Champion Program Director, Kristin Sheehan will travel to the area to conduct the trainings in the school’s sport community. These trainings officially launch a partnership with Play Like a Champion and Plymouth Christian Eagles.

Middle school and high school coaches will hear the “champion” message throughout an interactive four-hour workshop. In addition to offering coach workshops, Play Like a Champion offers the Parent Like a Champion program, an interactive workshop for sport parents. The Parent Workshop seeks not only to respond to all too frequent incidents of “sideline rage” but also seeks to give parents sound advice on how to positively guide their children through their youth and high school sport careers. Parents receive education and materials that help them reinforce the goals of character development through sport stressed by the program. Parents also receive guidance on how they can help their children to form habits of perseverance, sound decision-making, team work, good nutrition and regular exercise. Rounding out the comprehensive nature of the partnership, Play Like a Champion will work with all student athletes engaging them in discussion of “Servant Leadership.”

Workshop evaluation data confirm the effectiveness of the Play Like a Champion Today program. For example, over 90% of coaches attending the clinics were satisfied with the experience, and agreed to fully implement the Champion approach to coaching for character development. When asked about the impact of the workshop, sport parents strongly agreed that they would commit to being a more positive presence from the sidelines by avoiding coaching their child from the sidelines (86%). This was a 21% increase from before to after the parent workshop. 

Play Like A Champion Today coach workshops are nationally accredited by NCACE, National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education. The initiative enjoys partnership with over 150 sport organizations throughout forty-two states across the United States and Canada. Since the program’s inception in 2006, Play Like a Champion has educated over 100,000 coaches and parents who in turn have impacted the lives of over a million athletes. Play Like a Champion is excited to welcome Plymouth Christian Academy with its fine academic and athletic heritage to their national partnerships.

A recent coach clinic participant commented about the program, “Play Like a Champion material is top-notch, the message is solid and grounded on research. Thank you for helping me make sports more fun, character-based and developmentally-focused.”

For more information on Notre Dame’s Character Education Through Sports Initiative, visit the website by clicking HERE or you may contact Program Director Kristin Sheehan at 574.250.6424.

To learn more about Plymouth Christian Academy, you can visit their website by clicking HERE.