Sports and Character

We believe that sports and all after-school programs are opportunities for character development.

While most people believe that sports build character, at Character.org we believe it depends on how you define character. Too many youth sports programs emphasize only performance character. Grit. Resilience. Self-discipline. But running an extra lap or doing the same drill over and over again does not foster moral character.

Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL player who works with kids put it this way: “I coach to help my players to become people of empathy and integrity.”

During our 2021 Virtual Forum, we invited Karen Corbitt,
the Lacrosse Coach at the University of Pennsylvania,
to talk about the core values emphasized and modeled via
Penn Athletics Wharton Leadership Academy.  
Here's a short clip from her session.


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January 21, 2021

Brandon DiCroce highlights the ways golf can
positively influence individual character strengths
and career.

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October 1, 2020
Dr. Sheila Ohlsson Walker
explains the benefits of youth
sports in character development.

Mark Horbinski shares how
sports teams at Necedah High School
better cultivate character strengths.

 Mark Horbinski describes
how to help create a
caring culture using sports.

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June 25, 2020

Jordan Fuller explains how golf can help
develop character in young people.

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