The University of Maine Center for
Sport and Coaching is leading an effort to provide a philosophical guide
for Maine interscholastic athletics, linking sports to the overall
schools' missions and community values, while supporting quality
coaching education. One of its tools is Sports Done Right: A Call to
Action on Behalf of Maine's Student-Athletes.
In Sports Done Right, student-athletes call for more fun in athletics,
winning kept in perspective, and consistent and fair treatment of
athletes of all abilities. They also identify practices detrimental to
healthy sports experiences, such as negative comments and behavior by
parents and fans, win-at-all-costs attitudes and coaches favoring the
"Hearing the students' take on the problems only strengthened our
commitment to promote this recalibration and positive change in
interscholastic sports," says Dean Robert Cobb of the College of
Education and Human Development, who co-chaired the statewide panel that
produced the report.
Now a Maine Center for Sport and Coaching Endowment Fund has been
established in the University of Maine Foundation with gifts from
individuals and businesses dedicated to implementing Sports Done Right.
The fund will support the center, which is a national leader in
examining and defining healthy interscholastic sports, and presenting
recommendations to shape the best possible environment for
student-athletes. Gifts to the fund will help promote the principles
identified in Sports Done Right.
UMaine Today Magazine
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