Coach Training and Drug-Free Leagues Help 3.6 Million Kids Play it Safe

Program to instruct youth sports coaches in substance abuse issues

From 1993 to 1996, the National Youth Sports Coaches Association, West Palm Beach, Fla., the only national nonprofit organization that certifies volunteer youth coaches, carried out two related but separate initiatives:

  • Revise all the training material for its coach-certification program to include information about the dangers of tobacco and steroids and about the needs of the HIV-positive athletes.
  • Establish in five cities (San Antonio, Texas; Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Denver; and Indianapolis.) All-American Drug-Free Leagues with help from the National Basketball Association.

Key Results

  • Association staff helped to educate/certify 344,000 coaches, affecting an estimated 3.6 million children.

  • Five All-American Drug-Free Leagues were funded, drawing 19,000 participants, with demand exceeding capacity.