Over many years of working with young athletes I realized that developing a good character is by far the most important and most difficult assignment for anyone involved in athletics.
The project name is: "Athletes Build Character". It is a phone application and the web site that will transform daily activities of athletes, coaches, parents , sports teams and give them much stronger focus on what is most essential – Character and Virtue Development.
This ABC virtue program will allow learning, acquiring, tracking and communicating virtues and high standards of ethics in the context of athletic endeavors. It will facilitate addressing positive and negative behaviors and actions and build strong sense of accountability. Good stories will be shared, great behaviors rewarded with recognition. We are hoping that this ABC virtue program will be used as a consistent curriculum for character development in multitude of sport settings.
The following sections will constitute core of the program:
- Trustworthiness, Honesty, Integrity
- Respect, Proper Language / Behavior
- Responsibility, Reliability, Following on Commitments
- Self-Control, Discipline, Modesty
- Toughness, Perseverance
- Empathy, Concern for Others, Relating to Teammates
- Champions Character
- Thankfulness, Gratitude
- Overall Positive Outlook
- Class on and off the court/field
- Importance of Education
- On- court/field compliance
- Access to the simple prompts and self-statements that go more in depth into positive behaviors associated with above virtues.
- Ability to program specific virtues and statements into daily, weekly and monthly programs.
- Conduct general character evaluation of each athlete involved in the program
- Schedule personal character goals that will be displayed in each athlete personal view
- Tracking positive and negative occurrences associated with each of the virtues
- Adding notes in the comment section
- Generate and share reports about each individual athlete and the whole group
- Graphical view of the character development for each athlete
- Give quantifiable goals related to improvement of character of individuals and entire team
- Adding, removing, editing virtues, statements
- Adding notes, videos, quotes related to positive behavior and virtue
- Sharing good stories with the community of users
- Community voting for best character awards
The system will be free of charge. We will have a donation system that will allow generating operational income.