A new initiative to strengthen our coaching and student-athletes with the values and skills gained through competition, so that every Dragon leaves O’Dowd equipped to grow into their best selves.
Our Athletics Department is offering weekly and bi-weekly workshops designed to build and nourish our student-athletes’ minds and spirits. Focused on topics of leadership, faith, identity and character, these workshops will prepare our student-athletes to face competition and struggle in new ways. Every facet of this program is built around our charism, from Academic Excellence to Joy. We are proud to wed the power of our charism with the power of athletics, to fuel not just individual athletes and teams, but the O’Dowd community as a whole. Read more »
Review the calendar of workshops below, and register to sign up!
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Oct 6, 6pm - Use Your Voice: Social Justice and Service
Racism is real. On March 13, 2020 Breonna Taylor, a Black American woman killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky while she was sleeping. May 3, 2020, Black American transwoman, Nina Pop, was killed in Sikeston, Missouri. On May 25, 2020 it took 8 mins 46 seconds for George Floyd, a Black American man, to die while a Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer had a knee on his neck. Four days later, Tony McDade, a Black American transman was killed by police in Tallahassee, Florida. And, August 23, 2020, Jacob Blake was shot by police in front of his kids.
Beginning with a historical look at race and race relations, this workshop will define key concepts and foster a learning environment where there are “no dumb questions.” Student-athletes, coaches and administrators will explore the intersections of race, gender, and class, society, and sport. Case studies will allow student athletes, coaches and administrators to consider how race and racism impacts individuals and teams. Through discussion, analysis, and breakouts, student athletes, coaches and administrators will move towards establishing new norms, practices and cultures for teams, athletics and the school community.
Oct 13, 6pm Mental Performance Skills (Strength of Character)
Oct 21, 6pm How to Avoid Burnout (Joy)
This workshop will teach you how to recognize when your “life light” has turned on, and give you tips on how to refill your tank. The more you practice keeping your tank filled, the better you get at avoiding burnout.
Lucy Tseng has a BA from UCLA and a Master’s in Sports Management. As a coach, she works with people who are experiencing major changes, particularly athletes of all levels who are transitioning to life after sports.
Oct 26, 6pm Sports 'n Spirit (Faith as a Practice)
Nov 10, 7:30pm Use Your Voice: Social Justice and Service Part 2 (Social Justice)
Nov 17, 7:30pm Career in Sport (Joy)
Walter Boggan is the President of Sportsequity and the Director of Admissions, Outreach and Diversity at U.C. Santa Barbara. He received two B.A. degrees from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Masters degree in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco.
Damon Jones is a former sports agent and the former Sr. Vice President, Baseball & Business Operations & General Counsel for the World Champion Washington Nationals Baseball Club. He currently specializes in sports, media, and entertainment law as Of Counsel to the law firm of Covington and Burling, LLP, which represents all of the major U.S sports leagues and many of the individual teams in those leagues. Damon is an alumnus of Bishop O’Dowd High School, Harvard Law School (J.D.), The Wharton School of Business (A.M.P.), and U.C. Santa Barbara (B.A.). Register here »
Jan 20, 7:30pm - Use Your Voice: Social Justice and Service Part 3 (Social Justice)
Your Identity: More Than an Athlete (Academic Excellence)
Leadership on Your Team and in Your Life (Community in Diversity)
Development of Life Skills (Academic Excellence)