CITRS team members, Jeanne Craft, David Di Lucia and Brendan Petersen partnered with Jessica Bailey, Senior Director of Education at New York Junior Tennis and Learning, to facilitate an innovative and interactive character session on October 31, 2014.
CITRS and NYJTL engaged participants as they learned about and experienced the unique model that they designed for New York City’s students. The interactive and robust program impacting K-12 youth is revolutionizing coaching pedagogy in New York City’s most challenging neighborhoods. Effective strategies and best practices for integrating sports and character education were shared. Then participants were involved in a highly interactive and fun ‘on-court-simulated’ experience that emphasized the learning of respect, integrity and ethical decision-making. While this model was customized using tennis for NYJTL, it is universal and can be readily adapted for embedding and developing character through any sport.