Tag Archives: Sport Based Youth Development

Softball Season in Full Swing

6 Aug

Doc Wayne’s softball programming is deep into the summer season. Players and coaches have been “Playing to the Whistle” all season working on both their athletic and do the good® skills. A season within the Therapeutic Sports Program, softball is played in addition to soccer, basketball, and flag football.

Doc Wayne Girls Softball 2013

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European Youth and Sport Forum 2012 Debriefing

21 Dec

To follow up on Rebekah’s post about Doc Wayne’s recognition at the European Youth and Sport Forum 2012 (EYSF 2012), I would like to take the opportunity to share my reflections and impressions about the event after returning home and digesting the experience. Although I am a new intern with Doc Wayne, circumstances were such that I had the privilege of representing the organization at this event held the last week of November in Larnaca, Cyprus. As Rebekah indicated, the forum was organized with the support of the European Commission and the European Youth Foundation as well as the International Sport and Culture Association (a global rather than Europe-wide organization) and the European Non-Governmental Sports Organization. Although such a laundry list of partners might seem a bit convoluted, it emphasizes the fact that a profound interest exists in sport-based youth development among a wide variety of influential, high-level stakeholders.

Looking back on an exciting week, I bring two main realizations home with me that should help “fill the tank” of Doc Wayners moving forward. Firstly, attending this forum emphasized the fact that Doc Wayne is in good global company when it comes to recognizing and acting on the the power of sport as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of young people. It was energizing to meet and interact with the representatives of diverse organizations from more than 20 countries including university ‘sport & development’ programs, non-profit and non-governmental organizations who are working in so many different ways to do their own good in diverse local and national contexts. While many of these groups and programs face the same practical challenges and limitations that Doc Wayne does, we should all take heart from understanding that belief in the power of sport and physical activity in contributing to the healthy, holistic development of young people has never been stronger or more widespread and that it is growing more so everyday.

Secondly, while we at Doc Wayne should internalize this sense of solidarity drawn from EYSF 2012, an even more relevant take-away should be confirmation of the unique and innovative contribution that Doc Wayne makes to sports-based youth development. As Rebekah has indicated, Doc Wayne’s “Do the Good” curriculum was short-listed among best practices from more than 60 different organizations represented at the forum. In point of fact, the “Do the Good” curriculum was, to the knowledge of the organizers, the first practice originating outside of Europe to ever be included in the best practice compilation in the 10 year history of the EYSF. In this sense, Doc Wayne is breaking new ground on far-off shores! Moreover, my discussions while at the forum about the work of Doc Wayne never failed to elicit responses of profound interest, admiration and respect even among other SBYD organization representatives.

To close, I wish there was a way to vicariously impart the energy I gained for our work and our cause while in Cyprus to everyone involved with Doc Wayne. However, it bares noting that no matter how nice best practice sharing and networking are, they are inconsequential when weighed against the tangible impact being had in gyms and on playing fields in the Doc Wayne network. Upon returning home from the forum, I went immediately to my first Doc Wayne training at Germaine Lawrence in Arlington. As the palm trees and press releases of Cyprus faded away, I realized that I have never been more satisfied to be in a low-key, unassuming gym because my travels half-way around the world have taught me that it is in such places that real change truly lives.

Doc Wayne BiddingForGood Auction Now Open!

4 Sep

The Doc Wayne Athletic League, Inc. Auction To Support Our Efforts In The Upcoming Rodman Ride For Kids Is Officially Open

Place your bid by clicking here: http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Browse.action?auctionId=170947547&ctemail=dcohen%40docwayne.org&ctmid=158286594#.UEYN_NErMUs.twitter

Whether you’re looking for something unique for yourself, searching for a gift for a special someone, or looking to add a little adventure to your life, you’re sure to find something in our auction. Every bid helps support our cause.

Tell your friends. The success of this online auction depends on spreading the word to as many people as possible. We need your help. Please refer a friend, encourage them to participate, or spread through social media.

Check out some of these great auction items!  Proceeds will support our organization and our upcoming efforts during the Rodman Ride For Kids.

Examples of online auction items include:

Basketball Meet & Greet and Clinic with Kristen Rasmussen

The winner of this auction will be able to invite up to 15 teammates to meet Kristen Rasmussen and participate in a one hour clinic with Kristen and her Simmons College women’s basketball team. The clinic will be held at Simmons College in Boston…

Evening at The Westin Boston Waterfront

AN EVENING IN BOSTON Complimentary one night stay for two in a traditional guest room and breakfast for two at Sauciety Restaurant. GATEWAY TO BOSTON Our location in Boston’s artfully revitalized waterfront district…

Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Tickets for September 25, 2012

4 right field roof deck seats for the September 25th Red Sox game at Fenway Park against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Thierry Henry Autographed Puma King SL Soccer Cleat

Thierry Henry autographed cleat provided by Puma. Henry, a former French National Team star, currently is a striker for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer. Playing for Arsenal is where he made his name as a world-class footballer.

Help Doc Wayne (www.docwayne.orgdo the good by providing  youth an innovative group therapy experience delivered through the medium of team sports stressing positive youth development.

Our list of participants include young people who are:

  • Victims of abuse and/or neglect
  • Underserved
  • Sexually exploited
  • Impoverished
  • Truant
  • Differently-abled
  • Mentally ill

To contact Doc Wayne please email info@docwayne.org

David Cohen – New England Revolution’s Community MVP

13 Aug

David Cohen, Doc Wayne’s Executive Director, was recognized by the New England Revolution last night at Gillette Stadium as their 2012 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP.

Prior to kickoff, Cohen was presented with the award by New England Revolution President Brian Bilello.

New England Revolution – MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP

David S. Cohen — Doc Wayne Athletic League, Inc.

David S. Cohen, Executive Director of the Doc Wayne Athletic League Inc., is a former college soccer player, with innovative thinking and a desire to serve disadvantaged children. Doc Wayne provides a positive sport experience and life skills curriculum to underserved children, including those who have been traumatized, sexually exploited, truant, gang involved, mentally ill and are differently abled. On a daily basis, David can be seen connecting with youth, teaching sport and life skills and mentoring young coaches. Since joining Doc Wayne, over 200 youth in New England have become involved and over 40 coaches have been trained in youth development techniques and curriculum. David encourages both youth and adults to find their positive path in life through sport. The Doc Wayne Program provides an environment for fragile children to be part of a team, be immediately supported in moments of stress with on-hand (and on court) clinical staff, survive in a large group setting and develop athletic skills David’s desire to enable the community to assist children globally has also been realized through his work as Founder of Playing it Forward, Inc., a non-profit that provides sports equipment to disadvantaged children around the world. Playing it Forward reaches 25,000 children in 9 states and 19 countries.

To learn more about Doc Wayne please visit www.docwayne.org or follow us @DocWayneDtG.

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Girls Summer Olympics Week #3 in Photos

3 Aug

Boys Summer Olympics Week #2 in Photos

25 Jul

A Competent Doc Wayne Artist

14 Jun

Doc Wayne’s do the good therapeutic curriculum is based off of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Framework (ARC). The competency block of ARC is key in Doc Wayne as we look to support players in trying new sports, discovering sport-based and relationship based talents and building their identity as a person.

Competency is about supporting children in exploring and building an understanding of self and personal identity including identification of unique and positive qualities, building a coherence across time and experience, and support in the capacity to imagine and work towards a range of future possibilities” (Blaustein & Kinniburg, 2010).

This past Tuesday was a great example of how Doc Wayne seeks to build up the whole person and yet serves children within the sports context.

This sketch was brought in by a player to proudly share with Doc Wayne staff and represents her work as an artist and positive identification as an athlete.

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