February 28, 2012

Bringing Respect to High School Athletics

Last month, Robert, our Director of Training and Curriculum Development, forwarded me four Team Respect Pledges to post on Changing The Game: The GLSEN Sports Project. I looked down to see that they were all from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, MD. Right down the road from my home in Montgomery County.

I soon learned the story behind these four pledges: Chris Murray, a straight teacher and coach at WJ is on a mission to get every single team at his school to take GLSEN's Team Respect Challenge. And he wants Walter Johnson to be the first school in the country to have 100% participation.

Take a look at this video that Chris made sharing his story and offering a challenge to you.

Will you step up and commit to getting the teams at YOUR school to take the challenge? I'll be looking up the coaches and administrators at my high school to ask them to step up. If you want be an advocate for respect in athletics, you can commit to working with your K-12 sports teams to take GLSEN's Team Respect Challenge. We'll follow up with you, providing resources and other materials so that together we can change the game.

And help us spread the word about the Team Respect Challenge. Share this blog post on your Facebook profile. Or tweet about it using #RespectChallenge and @glsen in your update.

Brian Murphy

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