SEL DAY 2024 SUMMIT: State Highlight

SEL in Athletics: Neglected and Negligent


March 8, 2024, 10:00-10:50 AM EST

Since 1903, when public school athletics started in NYC, schools and districts have used a 19th century model for sports teams that institutionalized a power balance between coach and student, that considered blind obedience as an attribute, and was training students for factory work and the Army, This presentation will offer a 21st century model that includes a written, social emotional learning, and sport psychology curriculum to guide students, coaches and parents. It would have all teams, players,and coaches on the same SEL/sport psychology page throughout the district, at same time, influencing youth leagues.


  • Mitch Lyons, SEL4MA
  • Dr. Julie Wiernik, Texas Center for Sport Psychology

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