An Online Program for High School Student-Athlete Leadership Development: Community Engagement, Collaboration, and Course Creation

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  • 1 Illinois State University
  • 2 University of Tennessee
  • 3 Michigan State University
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Sport psychology professionals (SPPs) are well positioned to engage and collaborate with community sporting organizations to support and enhance philosophies, policies, and programs. This case study outlines an engagement with high school sport-governing bodies to develop and launch an educational leadership program for youth athletes. The partnership between university-based SPPs and a high school state organization provided a foundation for the course creation. The leadership program was then created using research-generated knowledge related to sport-based youth leadership and pedagogy, while maximizing engagement with community partners for the effective translation of knowledge. Reflection on the partnership and process of creating the educational program highlights the need for SPPs to find and develop the right community partnerships, help partners before helping themselves, define and accept their role, be able translate science in practical ways, and have multiple tools to offer education programs.

Pierce is with the School of Kinesiology and Recreation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Blanton is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Gould is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Pierce (swpierc@ilstu.edu) is corresponding author.
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