|Team CATCH Partners
|The Denver Broncos have joined forces with Playworks Colorado to adopt two elementary schools in 2017 and support Playworks coaches and programming in those two schools. The Broncos also partner with Playworks annually to implement PLAY 60 programming at a myriad of events.
Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will get to play—every day. They are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. They create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. They offer an essential opportunity for children to explore their imaginations, to connect with other kids, and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally and socially.
Playworks has various programs in schools to build leadership, promote inclusivity and healthy conflict management, and decrease bullying. A recent survey showed that 85% percent of Playworks Colorado schools reported a decrease in incidents of bullying during recess; 85% percent reported an increase in the level of student participation in academic activities; 95% percent reported that students increased their physical activity; and 90% percent reported that Playworks had a positive impact on overall school climate.
For more information on Playworks Colorado, please visit: www.playworks.org
|The Denver Broncos have partnered with Project PAVE to implement character development programming within the Broncos Futures Football programming in middles schools in Denver and Aurora Public Schools.
Project PAVE, which stands for “Promoting Alternatives to Violence through Education,” works to empower youth to end the cycle of relationship violence. The cycle of relationship violence is generational and affects people in every community. PAVE’s approach to ending this cycle is through innovative intervention, and prevention education programming. The agency reaches nearly 4,000 children, teens, parents, teachers and professional with its intervention and violence prevention programming annually.
The Broncos collaborated with PAVE to develop the “True Man” program, designed to challenge boys and men to become allies in the prevention of domestic and sexual violence through a team framework. True Man is integrated each spring in the spring middle school football programming in DPS and APS schools. Athletes and coaches go through the 5-week program as a team as a deep dive into character development.
For more information on Project PAVE, please visit: www.projectpave.org
|In 2016, the NFL and United Way launched Character PlaybookTM, a digital learning initiative that teaches students the skills to cultivate character and maintain healthy relationships throughout their lives.
With support from the NFL, Mile High United Way and Verizon, the Denver Broncos have teamed up with EverFi to implement Character PlaybookTM in more than 40 schools and after-school programs across the Denver Metro Area over the next year.
Character PlaybookTM is an innovative digital learning experience that uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years. The graphic novel style of the course engages students in interactive educational activities that challenge them to better understand their own values and relationships with others.
The experience is comprised of six modules (Analyzing Influences, Understanding and Managing Emotions, Communicating Effectively, Resolving Conflicts, Stepping In and Making Decisions) that cover key concepts around positive character development, social-emotional learning (SEL), and building healthy relationships. The Character PlaybookTM curriculum was vetted by prominent experts on social-emotional learning and healthy relationship development.
For more information on Character Playbook, please visit: www.characterplaybook.everfi.com
|The Denver Broncos have teamed up with the InSideOut Initiative™ and the Colorado High School Activities Association to integrate the InSideOut Philosophy™ across the state.
For coaches to provide students with more than physical skill development, strategies and the rules of a game, and get to the true purpose—the life sustaining development of the student’s inner life, there must be a significant shift in what our culture values. To accomplish this type of systemic cultural shift we must become aware of the purpose of sports in our children’s lives, align school communities around this purpose, provide education to school community stakeholders and hold all involved accountable to clearly-defined expectations.
Through Awareness, Alignment, Action and Accountability, the InSideOut Initiative™ empowers school communities to provide students with transformative, life-sustaining sports experiences.
Since August 2015, more than 2,000 Colorado coaches have been trained on the InSideOut Coaching Philosophy and every Colorado athletic administrator has been trained in the InSideOut System. Well over 50% of Colorado Schools have implemented the InSideOut Initiative.
For more information on Character Playbook, please visit: www.insideoutinitiative.org