Retired Dallas Cowboys Jason Witten founded a domestic violence prevention program called “Coaching Boys Into Men” in 2010. The program trains coaches to educate their players on the dangers of dating violence in high schools across Arlington, Texas. The former tight-end admits, “that as a child he grew up in a house where domestic violence was prominent. Remembering there being screaming, confusion, and doubt growing up in his surroundings.” In 2012 Witten received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
“Coaching Boys Into Men” went through an intense three-year evaluation study and found that athletes who participated in the program were significantly more likely to intervene when witnessing abusive or disrespectful behaviors among their peers, and were also more likely to report less abuse perpetration. This is a program that can work. If you are a coach in highschool or work with coaches and would like to implement this program into your curriculum CLICK HERE!
The Jason Witten SCOREkeepers program, was also launched through his foundation. According to the website: “This program places full-time, trained male mentors in battered women’s shelters throughout Texas. The mentors seek to demonstrate positive male behavior to the children living in these shelters in an effort to break the cycle of violence that plagues families affected by abuse.” With the help of generous grants from the Allstate Foundation, Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation has placed SCOREkeepers in six shelters across Texas.
The Jason Witten’s Score Foundation is actively involved in giving back and creating outreach programs and building projects in Texas and his native hometown Tennessee. From giving out scholarships to building a Jason Witten themed emergency room at the Children’s Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn, building three Jason Witten Learning Centers, complete with a state-of-the-art recording studios located in Dallas and Tennessee, and hosting one of the largest FREE football camps in America, Jason Witten continues to give back and be the charitable athlete Don’t Stop The Talk loves to showcase and write about.
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