Character, Respect, and Civility in Youth Sports: Ending Bullying, Improving Performance
On June 16, 2014, NYU Sports and Society gathered together high school athletic directors and coaches in the New York metropolitan area for a one-day conference to begin a conversation about anti-bullying efforts that would serve to create effective solutions across communities.
Character, Respect, and Civility in Youth Sports: Ending Bullying, Improving Performance, provided stakeholders with unique opportunities to hear from experts on the causes and the effects of bullying, compare their programs’ efforts toward maintaining respect and civility on and off the playing field, discuss personal experiences, hone in on solutions which can be implemented in sports and school athletic programs nationwide, and develop previously nonexistent channels of communication to head off disrespect and abuse on all fronts.
The event featured a roster of top panelists including star athletes; leading sports business professionals; educators; and school and athletic coaches, directors, and administrators at the middle school and the high school level. Among them were Joe Torre, Fred Wilpon, Mark Messier, Bob Costas, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Teresa Weatherspoon, and Harry Carson.
During the event, the results of a national poll conducted by IPSOS, a global market research company, were disclosed. The poll focused on the public perception of bullying and was published in the form of an infographic.