Futures Without Violence's Twitter Town Hall on What Makes a Great Coach

On January 26 we held our first ever town hall on Twitter, in which we invited NBA legend M.L. Carr, the sport community and advocates everywhere to discuss the importance of great coaches on and off the field. It was also the day of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's funeral service.

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  1. We announced our Twitter town hall, asking tweeters to use the hashtag #CoachesCount when contributing their questions and insights into what real coaching is all about.
  2. Our co-host was legendary NBA player and coach M.L. Carr. His work as a leader off the court continues to inspire our community striving to end domestic violence and abuse of women and children.
  3. And away we went!
  4. The chat delved into the work done by Coaching Boys into Men, our program that inspires men to teach boys the importance of respecting women. Since its 2001 launch, CBIM has transformed from an awareness campaign into a comprehensive violence prevention curriculum for coaches and their athletes.
  5. Inevitably, former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno came up in the conversation.
  6. But instead of veering into the realm of hearsay and gossip, the discussion led to another coach who has made a tiny splash in the media. Coach Mike Allen, a high school basketball coach in San Jose, CA has taken some heat from the community for suspending his star players from playing on the team because they bullied him and talked back during practice.
  7. That led to a new direction in the chat.
  8. We covered several valuable points along the way, marking a successful first virtual town hall. Over 10,000 Twitter accounts received the 200 tweets posted in our #CoachesCount chat in just two short hours. Given the alarming news surrounding college sports programs recently, we know that great coaches are needed now more than ever. Today we witnessed real-time commitments from athletes, students, activists and school- and professional coaches that went beyond x's and o's, wins and losses. We unearthed a far-reaching desire among our community for these coaches to lead by example and be role models that command respect because they've also earned it.
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