MAY 26, 2016
BY: REBEKAH ROULIER, LMHC, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DOC WAYNE YOUTH SERVICES
Mentors like Dru Joyce (Lebron James’ high school basketball coach), Phil Jackson (who steered Michael Jordan to success), and numerous other mentors who have guided iconic athletes have illustrated how powerful mentoring through sport can be. In Lebron James’ foreword that he wrote for Joyce's book, Beyond Championships: A Playbook for Winning at Life, he acknowledges that Joyce taught him about life in addition to basketball. The legendary Boston Celtic Bill Russell once said, “If you ask any NBA player, executive, or coach about their path to success, on and off the court, you’ll quickly see the same pattern emerge. None of us made it on our own.” Russell himself benefited from mentoring; if it were not for Russell’s junior high basketball coach he would not have even continued on with the sport. Likely, you are not mentoring a professional athlete, but you may be able to harness the power of sport to impact a child’s life.
Sport can be especially influential with youth mentees who struggle to be successful through traditional approaches. At Doc Wayne Youth Services we believe and have seen the power that sports and mentoring has had on our youth. Our youth struggle with a variety of mental illness largely caused from exposure to trauma.