Corps Curriculum July 2021

Summer has been an opportunity for Coaching Corps to help our afterschool partners ensure that kids in low-income communities of color enjoy the opportunities and benefits of sports through robust summer programs and caring coaches.

Our team recently spent time with our Partner of the Month, P.O.P. Inc. (Play On Purpose), in Baltimore city, where we had the opportunity to experience their Freedom Schools Program firsthand, an initiative providing an inspirational and nurturing environment for student-athletes grades K-8 throughout the month of July. The program staffed by past P.O.P. Inc. students offers a full measure of athletics and academics as well as free summer meals, weekly trips, swimming, and competitive play.

Earlier in the month, I had the honor of discussing the return to sports with Kevin Washington of the YMCA in a five-part series available on our blog. It was an inspiration to see many of the challenges Kevin and I explored in our discussion being addressed head-on by so many of our partners like P.O.P Inc. and individually by coaches, like our Game Changer of the Month, Shawn Granberry, who continues to provide opportunities in the Oakland area for all kids.

Our young people need caring adults outside the home like Coach Granberry now more than ever. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with you to make sure we are ready for them.

Janet Carter

Coaching Corps CEO

Coaching Corps is honored to recognize P.O.P. Inc (Play On Purpose) as July’s featured Partner of the Month! Learn about the organization’s mission to develop youth through leadership and athletics while fostering an appreciation for education for kids in low-income communities of color in the Baltimore area.

This month’s Game Changer of the Month Shawn Granberry (or Coach Shawn as he is known) is a proud native of Oakland, California, a twelve-year Coaching Corps veteran, and someone who has dedicated his life to giving back to young people in his community.

Janet Carter and Kevin Washington, President and CEO of the YMCA, discuss the return to sports, the role of empathy and the core motivation behind what leads someone to become a volunteer coach.

This month MOJO and Coaching Corps launched The Return of Sports webinar series. In the first installment, “Why Empathy is Your Coaching Superpower,” panelists came together to provide coaches with tools and resources to learn how to lead with empathy.

Want to nominate someone as our next Game Changer or Partner of the Month? Let us know! 

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