NSCAA’s LGBT: Diversity and Inclusion Course
The NSCAA has released details of its new quick online course designed to provide coaches with education on the inclusion and understanding of the LGBT community. The course provides guidance for working with LGBT players and colleagues as well as what it can mean to be members of the community.
Soccer News: The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has announced details of its new interactive online course developed to help educate coaches about the inclusion and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes.
The best coaches today understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. Creating a welcoming environment leads to success and builds great teams – on and off the field.
The 10-minute course titled ‘LGBT: Diversity and Inclusion’ is available now as a free public service here with an NSCAA Diploma awarded upon completion.
The NSCAA’s LGBT and Allies Member Community developed the course in partnership with Athlete Ally, a national non-profit organization that provides public awareness campaigns, educational programming and other resources to foster inclusive sports communities.
A recent report from the Fenway Institute, noted in the course, highlighted the unhealthy impact of bullying on LGBT youth.
- 71.3% of students hear homophobic remarks often or frequently.
- 8 out of 10 students have been verbally harassed.
- 4 out of 10 students have been physically harassed.
- Significantly increased risk of smoking, dating violence and suicide attempts.
The need for the course is clear.
“Camaraderie, compassion, and collaboration are key to a successful team in any sport,” said Lynn Berling-Manuel, Chief Executive Officer at the NSCAA. “Understanding how others can be different is essential and we want to help encourage the most respectful, inclusive environments possible across all of soccer.”
After taking the short course, LGBT Diversity participants will:
- Gain an overview of what LGBT means
- Learn about working with LGBT players and colleagues
- Know how to become an ally with the LGBT community
- Be able to lead by example
NSCAA’s new course was well received. Dan Woog, National Soccer Coaches Association of America LGBT & Allies coaching community chair is a strong advocate. “Education is such a critical part to understanding the LGBT community,” said Woog.
Woog is also a former NSCAA Boys Youth Coach of the Year from Westport, CT and he played a key role in the development of the course.
“It’s simply a change in your mindset and the way you approach others. The more prepared you are, the better coach you will be,” said Woog.
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