The USCCE is Committed to being an Agent for Change
To all members of the USCCE community navigating systemic injustice:
The recent high profile killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other individuals are evidence of the continued racialized violence against Black Americans. Like you, we are grieved and angered over these tragedies. Additionally, this has prompted us to evaluate what we are doing to stand against systemic racism and injustice and led us to realize that we have not done enough.
The USCCE rejects racism and discrimination of any kind. As we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we feel a sense of obligation to broadening access across sport, coaching, and coaching education. Therefore, we are taking a much-needed look at how we can build a more inclusive organization and profession for all, especially for our Black colleagues. This cannot just be the work of the Board or the Inclusion and Diversity Committee; it must be a commitment from each and every one of us to examine ourselves, our organizations, and our community.
Agents of Change Action Steps
As a first step, we want to listen to your feedback and stories of what you have and are experiencing. In the coming week, we will be announcing the date and time of an online event to bring our community together for this important discussion. Please join us for the USCCE Engagement Event: Dismantling Racial Barriers - An Open Conversation Friday, June 26th at noon ET. Register to join this free and open conversation here.
Second, we are actively seeking and compiling resources to share. We invite you to share thoughts, resources, and concerns with us at info@USCoachExcellence.org
Third, we are working through a variety of long-term proposals to address systemic racism and oppression in coach education and coach development. We at the USCCE recognize that, at its best, sport can bring people of varying backgrounds and worldviews together for a common good and this works best when we intentionally educate coaches on how to work with diverse populations, create an inclusive sport environment, and work to dismantle injustices within their sport organizations.
The USCCE Commitment
The United States Center for Coaching Excellence is fully dedicated to the improvement of the coaching profession and, in turn, improving the quality of people’s lives in and out of sport. Furthermore, effective leadership requires the cultivation of inclusive practices and celebrating diverse individuals and communities. The USCCE recognizes the principles of fairness, equity, and social justice in relation to, and across, intersections of race, age, disability, faith, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, and all other identities represented among our diverse membership. The USCCE, now and always, condemns discrimination, racism, and systemic oppression of any kind. Learn more about the USCCE's mission, vision, and initiatives here.
Resources for Change
Ethnicity and Racism in Sports Coaching - by Steven Bradbury, Jim Lusted, & Jacco van Sterkenburg
Routledge has made the first chapter open-source - read it here
Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective - by George B. Cunningham
Coach Education and Development in Sport - Edited by Bettina Callary & Brian Gearity
We are actively seeking and compiling resources to share with the coaching education and coach development community. Please send any recommendations to us at info@USCoachExcellence.org