Doc Wayne Youth Services Sport-Based Mental Health Therapy Reaches Over One Million Youth Worldwide

Organization’s Champion’s Network® trauma-informed training programs for coaches,

teachers and clinicians being utilized in 32 countries, including conflict zones

 

BOSTON (May 20, 2024) – Doc Wayne Youth Services (“Doc Wayne”), a nonprofit innovator and provider of sport-based mental health therapy for youth, today announced that its programming has reached over one million youth around the world. The milestone was achieved through its Champion’s Network® trauma-informed training programs, together with its innovative Chalk Talk® Group Therapy, Therapeutic Recess and individual therapy programs that reach nearly 2,900 Greater Boston youth weekly.

 

“It continues to be an especially challenging time, locally, nationally and around the world, particularly for youth, and it is crucial that their trauma and mental health needs are addressed with urgency,” commented Doc Wayne CEO David Cohen. “We are deeply grateful for our extraordinary staff, partner organizations and supporters who have helped us reach these noteworthy milestones sooner than expected. It is a testament to their unwavering commitment to our mission of using sport as a vehicle for mental wellness and social change among youth worldwide.”

 

Doc Wayne Milestones

 

  • Over one million youth reached (2,880 served weekly throughout Greater Boston)

 

  • Positively impacted youth in 32 countries

 

  • 1,714 coaches, teachers, clinicians and youth development professionals trained globally

 

  • 283 partner organizations worldwide (N.E. Patriots, Beyond Sport, Athletes for Hope, etc.)

 

An award-winning nonprofit leading the field of sport-based therapy and catalyzing a mental health movement, Doc Wayne provides training, tools, and services that address emotional, behavioral, traumatic, racial, gender, and cultural-based barriers by providing equitable access to better mental health for all. Its clinician-led curricula put sport into practice, strengthening social-emotional skills in young learners to build healthier, more resilient global communities.

 

Doc Wayne Youth Services was founded in 2002 by Susan Wayne in memory of her brother, Eli (Doc) Wayne. Eli was a pediatric physician as well as a tremendous supporter of using sport as a medium for positive youth development. He committed his time to students in the community by volunteering for and coaching youth sports. In 2010, Doc Wayne became an independent 501(c)(3).

 

Among the many supporting Doc Wayne are ESPN, Inc., Boston Children’s Hospital, CVS, Liberty Mutual, Unilever/Degree Deodorant, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, The Charles Hayden Foundation, NBCUniversal, Wellington Management, WCVB, and Loomis Sayles.

 

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About Doc Wayne Youth Services

Doc Wayne is an innovator and provider of sport-based mental health therapy for youth. We provide services, tools and training that address emotional, behavioral, traumatic, racial, gender, and cultural-based barriers by providing equitable access to better mental health for all. Our clinician-led curricula puts sport into practice; programs are held in a gym or on a field at schools, community centers and in clinical settings. The approach fosters openness and trust that enables healing, the development of life skills and learning teamwork, with the benefits of physical activity. Strengthening the social-emotional skills in young learners helps to build healthier, more resilient global communities. Doc Wayne, headquartered in Boston with an office in Allston, MA, also has a growing team worldwide.

 

Contact:

Heidi Boie

heidi@goodwin-consulting.com

508-846-5307