Apr 11, 2016, 11:00 AM, Posted by David S. Cohen
If your organization is creating a healthier community through sport, learn about the RWJF Sports Award. Boston-based organization Doc Wayne, a 2015 Sports Award Winner, uses sports to transform the lives of youth suffering from trauma and its emotional aftermath.
Sport has the power to change the world...it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. – Nelson Mandela
When I describe the harrowing circumstances of the youth I work with to reporters, philanthropists, family and friends, they can’t believe that I’m describing the lives of young people in America.
Many of these youth have endured deeply traumatic experiences: crime, abuse, incarceration, domestic or community violence, addiction and even sexual exploitation. Often, they don’t want to talk about the issues they’ve faced—or they don’t know how to.
Yet when you put a ball in their hands, they suddenly light up!