From speeches to the team, practice sessions, or simply casual conversation, coaches have many opportunities to impart their philosophies to athletes.Learn about Coaching Boys into Men, a program of Futures Without Violence.“I’m working toward prevention.”Blackwell and Feinberg move through the lesson, which relies heavily on an interactive exercise involving colored sticky notes and an orange sheet of paper. As Feinberg speaks, a boy in the front row in a gray hoodie still clings to his crumpled blue sticky note. Bartos founded the Purple Ribbon Council to Cut Out Domestic Abuse in 2006.Feinberg tells students to write their insecurities on a blue sticky note then crumple them up. Blackwell walks toward him and subtly holds the basket out. Blackwell picks up the blue notes and reads some at random: Not smart enough. The name was officially changed in 2016 to Bloom 365.Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men, often serving as a parent or mentor to the boys they coach.Because of these special relationships, coaches are poised to positively influence how young men think and behave both on, and off, the field.
Yet less than one percent of company-sponsored foundations currently registered with the Foundation Center even list domestic violence as a field of interest.
One girl responds, “If you love yourself, you can love someone else.”Blackwell’s brows raise slightly, a bit surprised by her insight. A native of Prescott, Blackwell works with Bloom 365 through ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation’s program Public Allies Arizona , which places service-minded individuals in 10-month internships at local non-profits. Blackwell said he does not have personal experience with dating abuse or domestic violence but chose the organization because of Bloom 365 founder and executive director Donna Bartos.“I have a personal passion for social justice. Her very personal and painful experiences are the inspiration behind Bloom 365.“I felt like we weren’t doing enough.
Donna is passionate, and she inspired me,” he said. We were still silenced by embarrassment and shame and the stigma that comes with it,” she said.
Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence.
Dating violence is a pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors that one person uses against another in order to gain or maintain power and control in the relationship.