Using Football to address fatherlessness
The most common challenge around the world is the lack of fathers and positive role models. According to Stephan Baskerville of Howard University, virtually every major social pathology has been linked to fatherlessness. Violent crime, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, suicide — all correlate more strongly to fatherlessness than to any other single factor.
40% of all children do not live with their biological fathers.
85% of children with behavioural problems come from fatherless homes.
71% of children who do not finish school come from fatherless homes.
63% of suicides come from fatherless homes.
80% of rapists motivated by displaced anger come from fatherless homes.
70% of juveniles in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes.
Therefore our coaches serve as father figures and we train coaches to play some of the roles of a father figure in the lives of their players. We work towards developing the players to become positive role models in their areas of influence.
Since Coaches have a great opportunity to impact the fatherless generation, we identify four main roles that a Coach can play as a father/mentor figure:
- Establishing authority (Setting boundaries etc)
- Communicating identity (Building identity not based on what I am, what I do, what I have or what others say about me)
- Providing physical and emotional security
- Seeing and validating potential (on and off the field)