“The programming coming out of the World Youth Peace Summit is directed at creating projects that will help people to learn to stop fighting.” - Dan Doyle, Closing Ceremonies, 2011 World Youth Peace Summit
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Institute Introduces Curriculum for Coaches and Teachers
The Institute for International Sport is pleased to introduce Parts One and Two of an extensive curriculum for use by coaches and teachers. This curriculum has been written by Dan Doyle with the assistance of Dr. Donald Pet and Dr. Mark Brodie, in conjunction with the Fetzer Institute. We are excited to provide this opportunity to coaches, teachers, parents and thousands of student-athletes. Please remember that any teacher or coach who agrees to lead discussions, based on the curriculum, will be provided a complimentary copy of the award-winning The Encyclopedia for Sports Parenting to use as a text.
Parts Three and Four of the Curriculum will be posted on this website on March 27.
Curriculum for Coaches – Part One
Dan Doyle, Executive Director of the Institute for International Sport, has developed a curriculum program for coaches at all levels – youth league through college. Mr. Doyle has been assisted in this initiative by Dr. Donald Pet. The curriculum is designed to assist coaches in leading a series of important discussions with their athletes and, in some cases, with parents of the athletes.
The curriculum involves the participants undertaking a series of steps, developed sequentially, and leading to the ultimate objective of a positive sports experience which incorporates a number of values, one of which is to embrace the importance of according love and forgiveness to others.
Step 1: Helping your Athletes "Like Themselves"
Message from Dr. Donald Pet:
Dr. Donald Pet, a renowned retired psychiatrist whose passion is World Peace, through inspiring love and forgiveness and creativity. Dr. Pet proposes that in order to fully benefit from the positive sports experience, an initial and key step for athletes is to, in Dr. Pet’s words, “like yourself.”
"If you do not like yourself, it will be difficult to like your teammates and, for that matter, like the experience. This will result in a young athlete missing out on an important benefit of the positive sports experience," states Dr. Pet.
The Seven-Part Discussion
Dr. Pet and Mr. Doyle recommend that coaches lead a “liking yourself” discussion, which addresses how the sports experience can be a major asset in liking oneself. Each discussion should be a minimum of 30-minutes. In preliminary “pilot discussions,” most discussions have been 45 to 60 minutes.
Seven Reasons that Sports Can Help You Like Yourself
(With Coach-led Discussion of Each Reason)
Reason 1: The sports experience presents an athlete with the opportunity to experience, and often overcome, different challenges.
Reason 1 Discussion: The coach should lead a discussion on these various challenges, identifying specific challenges, addressing the value of working toward overcoming them, and discussing how this process can lead to liking yourself.
Reason 2: The value of being part of the team.
Reason 2 Discussion: The coach leads a discussion on the benefits that can be derived from being part of a team, and how the experience can help one to like oneself. Dr. Pet points out that “belonging” is a key to liking oneself, and one that provides a clear path to a culture of love and forgiveness.
Reason 3: Accruing health benefits that can be life-long.
Reason 3 Discussion: The coach leads a discussion on how the sports experience helps an athlete achieve a “fit for life” philosophy. The discussion should include why a “fit for life” philosophy is so meaningful and helpful throughout life and in liking oneself. The discussion should also include dealing with injuries in a proper and safe manner so that, as an athlete goes through life, he or she will not be precluded from the pursuit of physical fitness due to injuries that were not treated in a proper manner.
Reason 4: Acquiring a life-long mentor. Many athletes look upon their coach as their life-long mentor and friend.
Reason 4 Discussion: The coach leads a discussion on the importance and value of having a mentor going through life, and how this can help with the objective of liking oneself. The coach calls attention to surveys that show that it is the coach, more than any other teacher, who is likely to be the life-long mentor.
Reason 5: Having a Goal..A purpose.
Reason 5 Discussion: The coach leads a discussion why the athletic experience is so valuable in providing a young person with a goal – a purpose. The discussion should include three key elements of a happy and productive life:
- Purposeful work (in this case, working toward the goal of becoming a better player, and a selfless player, and thus helping the team).
- Good health – as noted in Reason 3, how the sports experience can help with good health.
- Friends – how the sports experience can introduce an athlete to a wide variety of friends.
The discussion should address all of these issues and how they assist with the goal of “liking oneself.”
Reason 6: The ability of sports to provide repeated opportunities to improve the skills of self-discipline and self-control.
Reason 6 Discussion: The coach leads a discussion on the importance of self-discipline, including the importance of competitive self-restraint – competing hard but within the rules. Discuss how this is not only an objective that will help one through life, but will also help in liking oneself.
Reason 7: The sports experience, perhaps as well or better than any other experience in one’s youth, can help a young athlete learn about diversity. Indeed, for many athletes, sports was their introduction to diversity.
Reason 7 Discussion: The coach leads a discussion on why meeting friends from various backgrounds is so invaluable, how these friendships can be so meaningful and how this helps in the objective in liking oneself.
A Coach-led Critical Thinking Exercise
Among the most important educational objectives is to help students become critical thinkers. A critical thinker is one who can look at an issue from a variety of vantage points and come up with a reasoned solution or opinion. Aristotle said it this way: "The mark of an educated mind is the ability to consider an idea without necessarily accepting it."
The "Like Yourself" Through Sports Critical Thinking Exercise
(Tell Us One We Missed!)
The objective here is very simple! The coach and team come up with Reason Number 8, a reason, through the sports experience, that helps one like oneself. The group then engages in a coach-led discussion.
If you come up with what you think is an excellent Reason Number 8, please e-mail it to us at email@example.com , and we will share it with the entire Fetzer sports community, and credit you!!
Curriculum for Coaches – Part Two
From Liking Yourself to Liking Your Teammates – The All-Important Second Step
The coach should lead a discussion of Objective 2- Liking Your Teammates, beginning with the Six Qualities of the Ideal Team Member
1. Effort in and out of season which results in improvement in the sport.
2. Friendship with some team members and a genuine interest in all team members.
3. Selfless ambition directed toward the well-being of the team. This includes:
a. Rooting for all teammates during the game, including those playing ahead of you.
b. Being far more concerned with the good of the team than personal statistics or honors.
4. Observance of team rules in and out of season.
5. Adhering to high standards of behavior in and away from the sport.
6. Being coachable.
Discussion: The coach leads a discussion on each of these six qualities, including how they will help an athlete not only like himself or herself, but like teammates.
How the True Team Experience Can Help You Not Only Like Yourself But Like Your Teammates
The Coach Introduces the Views of Two Legends
Bill Russell on Ego. In the rush toward individual stardom, emphasis upon “team” is often forgotten. Celtics Hall of Famer Bill Russell wrote, “Everything you do begins with yourself, but for you to use ego to win, you have to make can only it all about your team. Winning is a team sport and can only be accomplished through team ego.” The Boston Celtics have won a record 17 NBA championships, yet have never had a player lead the league in scoring.
Vince Lombardi on Love. In the book, When Pride Still Mattered, former Green Bay Packers lineman Bob Skoronski shared Vince Lombardi’s view of love and team. “You might have a guy playing next to you who isn’t perfect, but you’ve got to love him, and maybe that love would enable you to help him. And maybe you will do something more to overcome a difficult situation in football because of that love. Coach Lombardi didn’t want us to be picking on each other, but thinking, ‘what can I do to make it easier for my teammate?’”
Bill Russell and Vince Lombardi knew that caring about one’s teammates makes the sports experience more meaningful and more enjoyable. The latter example of Coach Lombardi will be a critical “first step” in the all-important discussion –later in this series -- about how sports can seamlessly coalesce with love and forgiveness.
The coach leads the discussion on the views of these two sports legends.
A Statement of Support by Dr. Donald Pet
(In honor of today’s National Sportsmanship Day An Initiative Through Sport Which We Will Introduce This Week That Can Make a Huge Difference in Our Society)
I am privileged to be working with Dan Doyle in creating a curriculum for coaches, one that will prepare them to lead discussion groups with their athletes, and at times, with parents. Our goal is to make the sports experience life-enhancing, character building, with an emphasis on values of love and forgiveness. Athletes will be encouraged to actively participate.
Read Dr. Pet's Letter
Special National Sportsmanship Day Announcement (NSD is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4)
On Monday, March 3, this website will contain Parts One and Two of a compelling curriculum, written by Dan Doyle, with the help of acclaimed retired psychiatrist and peace advocate, Dr. Donald Pet. The curriculum, which is aimed to help coaches and teachers lead stimulating discussions on the role of sports as an invaluable vehicle to educate, is supported by the Fetzer Institute, a wonderful organization which focuses on love and forgiveness and is now taking a strong interest in sports.
A Complimentary Text: The Award Winning
The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting
“Brilliant and serves a real need in the athletics community”
Mark Murphy, President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers
Read a Wonderful Review which appeared in the Sports Literature Journal: Click Here.
All coaches and teachers who agree to lead a series of discussions will be provided with a complimentary copy of The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting, Volume II by Dan Doyle. Volume I won two book awards: The ForeWord Book Award and the Independent Publisher’s Book Award. Volume II is an update of Volume I with additional chapters.
The book can be used as a guiding text in helping coaches and teachers run highly successful discussions with their student-athletes and students, regarding the objectives of this all important curriculum.
If you wish to commit to leading the discussions and would like a complimentary copy, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The book, including shipping charges, will be shipped to you free of charge.
More information to follow on Monday, in anticipation of a great National Sportsmanship Day on Tuesday, March 4.
2014 National Sportsmanship Day "How-To Packet" Ready to Use
The Institute's 23rd Annual Sportsmanship Day will take place on Tuesday, March 4. Here is a link to our 2014 How-to Packet: http://www.internationalsport.org/nsd/nsd-info-packet.cfm
A special feature of our 2014 National Sportsmanship Day will be a series of Coach-led discussions that will help student-athletes and parents gain a greater appreciation of the many values that can be accrued from the positive sports experience. This information is part of a detailed curriculum that NSD Founder, Dan Doyle, is writing for the Fetzer Institute, a wonderful organization which focuses on Love and Forgiveness. The Fetzer Institute has a strong interest in sports. In fact, the Fetzer Institute was founded by Mr. John Fetzer, former owner of the Detroit Tigers.
Keep an eye on this website for the coach-led discussions, which will be posted prior to the March 4 National Sportsmanship Day celebration
Institute for International Sport News: January 2014
Institute Founder and Director, Dan Doyle, has published a Statement of Work on his blog, Dan's Corner. The Statement outlines the work he has undretaken since February 5, 2012.
Institute for International Sport News: August 2013
The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting, Volume II
Skyhorse Publishing has announced the publication of The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting, Volume II. Volume I was the winner of Foreword Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award. Volume II features updated chapters from Volume I, as well as several new chapters written by Dan Doyle, including a short story entitled: A Single Mom, A Son and a Guardian Angel. You can preview that short story here.
Volume II can be purchased in bookstores, and online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online book outlets.
Institute for International Sport News: August 2013
The Namibian Scholar-Athlete Games!
A Step Toward 2016
By all accounts, the 2011 World Youth Peace Summit and World Scholar Athlete Games was one of the most successful events in the 27-year history of the Institute for International Sport. Read some remarkable testimonials from the 2011 event.
The 2011 World Youth Peace Summit and World Scholar-Athlete Games attracted speakers such as General Colin Powell and Nobel Prize Winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In addition, approximately 45 countries sent delegations. But there was disappointment; many other countries attempted to send delegations, only to be faced with daunting challenges in obtaining visas. The problem was most prevalent in Africa. As an example, the country of Ghana had selected 125 highly accomplished Scholar-Athletes and Scholar-Artists to attend the 2011 event, only to find out weeks before the event that their visas had been delayed until August, one full month after the closing ceremonies.
Following the 2011 World Scholar-Athlete Games and World Youth Peace Summit, Dan Doyle and his team at the Institute for International Sport decided to address the problem by focusing attention on Scholar-Athlete Games initiatives in Africa. As good luck would have it, Namibia took an interest in hosting a Scholar-Athlete Games. Following a series of discussions, the event took place July 12-14 in Rundu. It was a major success!
Paz Magat and Andrew Hippert represented the World Scholar-Athlete Games at the event
Read Andrew Hippert’s journal
Read Paz Magat’s journal
See photos from the event
Visit the Institute for International Sport Facebook page to see video from the event
The Namibian Scholar-Athlete Games will lead to more Scholar-Athlete Games initiatives in various African countries, all part of a grand plan leading up to the 2016 World Scholar-Athlete Games. Scholar-Athlete Games are now being planned in Namibia and Zimbabwe, with all efforts aimed at a 2015 African Scholar-Athletes Games which will help qualified African scholar-athletes and scholar-artists to secure visas in plenty of time to participate in the 2016 World Scholar-Athlete Games.
We will keep you posted on our “African Mission.”
Institute for International Sport News: July 2013
Namibia Scholar-Athlete Games
Andrew Hippert and Paz Magat have just returned from the highly successful Namibia Scholar-Athlete Games. It is our plan to continue to develop Scholar-Athlete Games initiatives in Africa, leading to a 2015 African Scholar-Athlete Games.
In the near future, we will be posting additional information on our Institute website, including photos and journals kept by Andrew and Paz. Here is a brief overview of Andrew’s thoughts upon his return last week.
Namibia – Preserving the UnityIs it the land of promise and hope?
Or is it only filled with the cries of sorrow and despair?
Such a beautiful land of culture and people
All united in their love of life and simplicity
The land is dry but the tradition is fertile full of customs, rich with dancing and keen to understanding
How can a place that has witnessed so much evil, be full of so much happiness
The 13 regions comprise this extraordinary place each with its own language but united through its history
With its German food and German roads, the scent of colonialism is still fresh
Personified through the slums of Windhoek and Rundu versus the Hilton and high rises
Despite all this, the power of sport once again provides clarity in a land full of confusion
The Kavango brought out its finest and brightest young minds to this historic event, to meet the two Americans
They sang, they danced, they played, they discussed, they grew, they laughed, they smiled and they learned
In the end, it was Dan Doyle's vision becoming a reality, in this far off land, absent of distraction and materialism
It is bringing the children of Namibia, a place that has suffered through colonialism and apartheid, a reason to rejoice
Close your eyes and envision peace, as Paz leads the discussion
Compete hard but be ethical, be a sportsman and sportswoman, trust each other and believe in yourself preaches Andrew
Oh yes, a seed has been planted in the Kavango, and it is being sown by the likes of Isa, Jerry, Sau, Rapha, Hank and many, many more
If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me says Auden
I say let there always be equal affection guided by communication, understanding and constant self-reflection
Institute for International Sport News: October 2012
A Focus On Non-Violence
The Institute for International Sport sees a clear connection between non-violence and the pursuit of peace. These critical objectives form the basis of the Institute’s long-term commitment to programs that will address the violence that is bubbling over in so many communities throughout the United States.
In 2008, the United States Scholar-Athlete Games aimed to develop concepts to use sport and the arts as mediums to address violence among youth. Since then, the Institute has made this objective a priority, resulting in a number of initiatives including National Sportsmanship Day.
This annual program has played a key role in promoting non-violence by focusing on fair play and relating the idea to two key National Sportsmanship Day mantras:
Don’t Punch Back, Play Harder
Always Employ Competitive Self-Restraint (Compete hard, but maintain your self-control)
As we continue to plan the 2013 National Sportsmanship Day, non-violence will again be the principle objective.
More news to come!