With direct participation and support from Dr. Clayton Oliphint (MAGBOD ’15), MAG was able to secure a late November agreement with the Richardson Independent School District to present the manKINDness® Education Curriculum at each of its four high school campuses: Berkner, Lake Highlands, Pearce and Richardson. Dates are set. Training begins in January. Several hundred male student-student athletes from the football teams will participate. Some coaches are interested in expanding participation to all male athletic activities.
The success of this outreach was not possible without the kindness of a No Harm Network member who introduced Bill to Leslie Slovak, RISD’s athletic director. Ms. Slovak embraced the idea, gained coaches’ support and later secured approval from RISD administration. However, the extra point on this score came at the hands of Dr. Oliphint who arranged and attended a meeting with Pearce’s first-year Head Football Coach David Collins who was representing fellow District coaches. Dr. Oliphint and Bill discussed program details and possibilities with Coach Collins as well as addressed his and other RISD football coaches’ questions. Following a district coaches meeting, Berkner High School Head Football Coach, Jim Ledford wrote: “we are in total agreement with the direction you are going with this presentation.”
Click http://www.risd.org/group/schools/schools_main.html to learn more about the Richardson Independent School District schools and the men (head football coaches) who are committed to being more than a coach to our future’s men. To paraphrase Coach Collins: “as football coaches in North Texas, we take very seriously the influential position we’re in. We have chosen to be a positive instrument in our boys’ lives which naturally entails helping to build character on and off the field. This program fits well within that scope.”