How GLSEN is Changing the Game
March 23, 2011 § 3 Comments
Imagine this: a resource which details how to improve your high school’s sport climate not just as a student, but as a coach, as an ally, and as an athletic director to benefit all students – including LGBTQ students! Sounds too good to be true, right? Using an easy to follow step by step guide teeming with recommendations and inspirational videos, GLSEN does just this with it’s “Sports Project.” And here are three reasons why you need to check it out:
1. GLSEN’s Sports Project is a game changer because it is the first of its kind to detail everything you need to do, in order to help your school/team create more respect. If you ever wanted an instruction manual on how to change the athletic climate of your school – this is it! The advice is clear and succinct and can be used by anyone making it an essential asset to all teens or school faculty promoting change.
2. The GLSEN “Game Changers” both inspires and motivates by presenting a group of straight and gay athletes and supporters who have taken a stand against inequality. Each video is well worth your time if you’re ever feeling down and want to rekindle some hope – or if you want to spread the hope to others. It is also a useful tool to show teammates and peers just who wholeheartedly supports them. For without these allies, the sports climate of today could be much more hostile than it is. Here is a fellow runner who is also a Game Changer:
3. So that you can join me in taking the “Team Respect Challenge!” This student initiative, which GLSEN is currently pushing, focuses on creating a team environment beneficial to all regardless of “race, sexuality, gender expression, and religion.” This can be achieved by speaking to your teammates, team captains, and coaches or by initiating a school wide respect pledge.
Over the next few weeks I will blog about my efforts in taking the Team Respect Challenge, offering a perspective on the ins and outs of promoting change as well as giving you some tips on what I learn!
So take a few minutes and please – check out the GLSEN Sports Project! as it is well worth your time. Then, post a comment below on your thoughts on the GLSEN sports project.