What's Happening in Character?

Character Development Through Sport

Posted by Sarah Pickens on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 09:07 AM


Soccer has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. From playing on recreational youth teams, to college, and now to my job today, soccer has been there.

While learning the fundamentals of the game was the objective, I also learned there was much more to soccer than the physical skill set. Soccer taught me sportsmanship and how to work on a team. It taught me how to handle unexpected challenges and use critical thinking to evaluate the situation. It even taught me to reach for water when I might have grabbed a soda.

While some skills did not come as quickly as others, I could a

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Topics: sports, Youth Sports

Athletes Against Bullying

Posted by Jennifer DiStefano on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 @ 07:03 AM

by Jennifer DiStefano, Student Assistance Counselor, Cherry High School East

According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, one out of four students will experience bullying during their school age years. This is an upsetting statistic, but one student was determined to do something about it.

Student on a Mission

A student-athlete at Cherry Hill High School East, David Golkow, class of 2016, had the drive to make an impact on his building and his community. Along with his passion for sports, he was inspired by the anti-bullying work done by Eagles player, DeSean Jackson, and David had the determination to help to put an end to bullying. He knew the influence that sports had on the community so he decided to found the club Athletes Against Bullying. The mission of Athletes Against Bullying is to educate student-athletes at Cherry Hill High School East in order to prevent bullying on the school’s sports teams and for student-athletes to promote the anti-bullying message throughout the school and the community.

The club works to achieve this mission in multiple ways.Primarily, all of the members attend periodic half-day training sessions. During these sessions, various activities educate them on bullying. For example, there have been presentations with bullying experts, guest speakers such as professional athletes, Brandon Bair of the Eagles and Vince Papale, and recently, an examination of a staged bullying incident in their own school. These discussions of how bullying takes shape, how to respond to and prevent bullying, and other important subjects help to create awareness and ensure that a huge part of the school can serve as role models.

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Topics: bullying prevention, bullying, bullying advice, Youth Sports

Character Development: On and Off the Field

Posted by Tip Fallon on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 @ 14:03 PM

By Tip Fallon, graduate of a National School of Character, Roosevelt High School

It is remarkable how the seemingly smallest incidents can make a lasting impact when it comes to character development.  Over 15 years ago, I was playing on my high school soccer team and we traveled to an out-of-county school for a game. This situation was a little different because we played almost all of our regular season games in our own county.  I recall the ride to this game being much further than other games, and we had never played the team before.  As we covered long stretches of road far off the highway to get to the school, I recall feeling out of my element.  This school and town seemed very distant, and different from, the community that we lived in and played in.  

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Topics: Sportsmanship, Youth Sports, Character Development