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YOUTH SPORT RACIAL EQUITY INITIATIVE

Increasing the number of Black and Brown volunteer coaches in our Communities

We are increasing community involvement and sport participation nationally among Black and Brown adults with a focus on parents and community members, so their kids can reap the benefits of playing sports.

We combine our expertise with community members to build on their capacities and bring their opportunities to life. Centering communities helps us create connections and challenges our thinking to ensure youth sports are not racialized, and that communities of color are equally resourced in the benefits youth sports provide: improved quality of life, education, health, and wellness.

THE VISION THAT INSPIRES OUR EFFORTS

IN OUR WORDS

Our Approach

Our goal is to remedy the negative impact systemic racism has on many youth athletes, coaches, and community members who believe access to high-quality youth sports is a right all kids deserve. Our work is to dismantle inequitable systems that continue to impact the communities where we partner and to work to achieve racial justice and removing barriers for Coaching Corps to reach as many neighborhoods as possible. We are building public trust by creating meaningful recommendations for change to conditions that hold inequities in youth sport in place in order to bring youth sports in Black and Brown neighborhoods up to par with what has historically and to this day exists in often white, privileged neighborhoods.

We are addressing racial equity and social justice in Black and Brown communities by listening to local leaders of color with whom we partner, learning about their experiences, and providing the platform and resources to co-create a Sports Equity Agenda that works best in local neighborhoods.  A keystone to our efforts are taskforces — proven practices for community engagement — that we are creating in regions where we work.

RACIAL EQUITY
AND ACCESS IN
YOUTH SPORTS TASK FORCE

THE MISSION OF THE TASK FORCE

ABOUT THE Youth Sports Task Force

The first step in launching the Racial Equity and Access in Youth Sports Task Force has been to build community stakeholder ownership of a sports equity agenda by establishing a task force composed of members of the sport, youth services, municipal, academic and business communities, including after-school education leaders (K-12), youth sports professionals, government leaders, community stakeholders, minority business leaders, and professional athletes.

Piloted in Oakland, California the task force works to build community ownership of strategies that create more racially equitable youth sports opportunities and increase the number of Black and Brown coaches trained in youth development.

The task force’s key deliverables include:

  • Define a vision of what sports equity looks like for the community.
  • Identify root problems that are barriers to sports equity.
  • Define the types of data and other information necessary to determine appropriate strategies to achieve the vision.
  • Establish strategies and benchmarks of success.
  • Determine resources necessary for implementation.

If you would like to get involved with the Racial Equity and Access in Youth Sports Task Force contact Robert Marcus, Coaching Corps’ Director of Government and Community Engagement at robert.m@coachingcorps.org.

ROUND TABLE REFLECTIONS

Racial Equity and Access in Youth Sports Task Force Membership

 

Antonio Davis (Co-Chair)

Retired NBA Player

 

Chen Wick-Kong (Co-Chair)

Program Manager, Department of Expanded Learning

Oakland Unified School District

 

Nicholas Williams

Director, Oakland Parks and Recreation and Youth Development

 

Tyson Ross

Professional Baseball Player

 

Abby Hussein

Board Member, 100 Black Men

 

Francisco Navarro

Commissioner, Oakland Athletic League

 

Ay’Anna Moody

Director, Social Impact

Warriors Community Foundation

 

Matthew Grant

Director of Sales & Sports Marketing at The Clorox Company

 

Lamont Robinson

Commissioner, Oakland Athletic League

 

Karen Gonzalez

Director of Community Engagement & Experience

Oakland Roots

 

Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas, Ph.D.

Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

University of California, Berkeley

 

Tamara Sabella

Program Director

Greenway Golf, Corica Park

 

Jordan Ferrell

Oakland Roots

Head Coach and Technical Director

 

William Chavarin

Director, California Interscholastic Federation

 

Kourtney Andrada

Senior Director of School-Based Programs

Girls Inc. of Alameda County

 

Shawn Granberry

CEO, Hip Hop TV

 

Sheri Sam

Retired WNBA Player

 

Brad Driver

Director, Partner Advocacy

Sandler Partners/ USTA NorCal

 

Marcus L. Strother

MENTOR California

President and CEO

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