Participants will receive tools for responding to racism, creating safe environments for all to belong, and action steps to work together with their teams to combat racism.
MIAMI – Positive Coaching Alliance, in conjunction with the Miami Marlins and the Miami Marlins Foundation, is taking another step to go to bat for racial equality and social justice, by launching the new Sports Can Battle Racism curriculum for student-athletes.
The Marlins have invested to become an official partner of PCA’s overarching Sports Can Battle Racism nationwide initiative, a focused effort to provide tools and develop solutions that work to battle racism within the environment of sports.
The goals and action steps of the youth-focused initiative include thought leadership and utilizing PCA’s national platform to facilitate conversation, amplify voices and influence change. Participants will walk away with specific tools for responding to racism, creating safe environments for all to belong, and action steps to do more on their teams to combat racism. The program will be implemented across South Florida, with the Marlins and PCA bringing the initiative to Marlins community partners and local youth program participants.
At the Miami Marlins, we are committed to a culture that celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion. With the launch of this program and the collaboration with Positive Coaching Alliance, we are hoping to create productive conversations and development among our future leaders that result in true change. We want to get to a point where diversity isn’t something to be celebrated – it’s expected.
The 75-minute Sports Can Battle Racism workshop for athletes kicks off with a message from Derek Jeter and is led by certified PCA Trainers. It will be delivered virtually and is intended for high-school and above-aged athletes of all sports and in all communities. PCA defines culture as “the way WE do things here.” This workshop helps define the “we” through exploring identity and understanding personal bias and then provides historical context to how sports have been used to battle racism.
“Sport is an arena where youth from all walks of life come together, presenting a unique opportunity to create a truly empathetic environment where all participants learn to respect one another’s background, differences, and commonality,” said PCA’s Executive Vice President for Business Development and Philanthropy, Jason Sacks.
The Sports Can Battle Racism program is the latest collaboration with the Miami Marlins and Positive Coaching Alliance, building on the Great Minds, Great Athletes program with the Marlins and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
More information and the registration form for the Sports Can Battle Racism program for student-athletes is available here.