Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So are we! TeamSnap and I have teamed up for the Make It Right Campaign this fall to share stories with you of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right in youth sports.
There are lots of folks out there who are doing something to Make It Right in youth sports and in this Make It Right series, I’ve introduced you to four of them. Today, I’d like to introduce you to another positive voice in youth sports.
Brad Jubin has been a volunteer youth coach for 10 years, and a TeamSnap blogger and user for five. He played football, wrestled and threw shotput and discus in high school and went on to play football at the University of Delaware and Susquehanna University.
Today, Brad is on the other end of sports: coaching and watching his kids participate. He has two children; one an athlete and the other a horseback rider. He’s coached 22 of his 10-year-old son’s teams.
In addition to those challenges, Brad is climbing mountains. He’s already scaled 14 of them to raise money for children’s charities. His most notable climb was two years ago when he and a team summited Aconcagua (one of the world’s seven summits at 22,841 feet) for the Hudson Family Foundation. Tim Hudson was the starting pitcher for Game 7 of the October 29th World Series Finale.
What is Brad Jubin Doing to Make It Right in Youth Sports?
In 2012, Brad, with his wife Kristy, founded APIVEO (Always Play for (IV) Each Other), an organization that encourages and empowers coaches and youth leaders to teach kids about leadership and character.
APIVEO is a culmination of the leadership, character and life lessons that Brad has been teaching to his kids, his teams and other youth organizations for the past 5 years. On the APIVEO website, they provide simple, positive and age appropriate life and leadership lessons for coaches to share with their teams.
Perhaps Making It Right in youth sports through APIVEO is one of the biggest mountains Brad will ever climb.
“There are an estimated 20-40 million kids participating annually in youth sports,” Brad explains.”These kids are coached by 2-4 million volunteers and parented by 20-80 million parents. I see a huge missed opportunity. Too many coaches don’t see, embrace and engage in their coaching. Too many youth sports programs are seen as afternoon day care. There are very few volunteer youth coaches that intentionally coach beyond the sport and take the opportunity to buildup kids. If you want a kid to learn how be a leader he or she needs to be taught what leadership is and how to do it.”
And that’s where APIVEO comes in, developing, promoting, and giving away for free, lessons that coaches can use to teach leadership skills and character traits to their teams.
“Make sure that you and your coaches are coaching kids and not just sports,” Brad urges.”Be intentional about coaching and teaching life skills that apply to sports rather that convincing kids that life mimics competitive sports. That’s backwards and detrimental. Play to win but live to serve.”
Thanks, Brad, for seeing youth sports as a great opportunity to teach kids about leadership and for giving coaches the resources so they too can begin to Make It Right in youth sports.
Learn more about APIVEO’s resources for teaching kids about leadership at APIVEO.com.
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