Doc Wayne’s Creating Champions curriculum layers clinical and social-emotional learning goals onto an easy to grasp sports framework. Four fundamental constructs – Teamwork, Communication, Resilience, & Confidence – are broken down into 30 teachable skills which all ladder up to Connectedness. The four core constructs are outlined below.
Creating Champions is designed to look like a tournament-style sports bracket and uses youth friendly, sport-based language to ensure youth and families can connect to the material. To meet the unique needs of our younger constituents, ages 5-8, Doc Wayne also designed and launched a junior curriculum: Rookie Pride.
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Equally as important as a person’s individual development is their ability to create and maintain healthy relationships with peers and coaches. Based on the Personal and Social Responsibility Model (PSR), the Teamwork construct focuses on commitment, selflessness, and awareness of others. While taught in a sports context, these social skills are invaluable for everyday life.
The majority of our students have difficulty understanding and expressing emotion, which makes sharing ideas and problem-solving a challenge. The Communication construct creates opportunities for students to process and identify emotions, so they can develop positive coping skills and learn to regulate their responses. As students learn to speak up and show up for their peers, they also begin to see themselves as leaders.
Adversity at any age can disrupt positive development. Learning to persevere through challenging times is the crux of the Resilience construct. From goal setting and facing adversity to positive decision making and work ethic, the Resilience construct helps students establish tactics they can employ during times of need.
Many youth experience diminished confidence as result of adverse life experiences or factors. By practicing positive risk taking, self-awareness, positive self talk, and self care as part of the Confidence construct, students learn to see themselves as active and independent agents of their own lives — an essential part of developing identity.