Pursuing Victory with Honor: Helping Build Character in Students through Athletics

Have you had an outbreak of hazing incidents? Perhaps unruly parents or fans at a sporting event?

Unfortunately, you’re not alone… our survey found that 39% of high school students admitted they had “bullied, teased, or taunted someone” within the past year alone. And for males, that number is nearly half (47%). See more findings in our 2012 National Report Card surveyLearn more about our Pursuing Victory with Honor (PVWH) sportsmanship training programs.

Not all parents serve as positive role models for good sportsmanship.

Let’s face it… some parents get a little too involved in their children’s sport activities becoming more than supportive spectators. Those living vicariously through their children’s achievements can sometimes overshadow the importance of participation and competing with the impetus on winning or worse yet – winning at any cost. Our program helps establish the proper student athlete culture where winning is not the focal point over playing with honor, utilizing The Six Pillars of Character framework.

This program is specifically designed for coaches and anyone involved in physical education needing to address the challenges of sport ethics and the implementation of a recommended culture — all at your own site.

General information:

  • Duration: 3-8 hours (customizable topics listed below)
  • Location: In-Service (your facility or location)
  • Recommended: Coaches, Administrators, Counselors, Officials, and Youth-group Leaders
  • Materials: Handouts provided for all participants

Repair the damage and create a culture of good sportsmanship.

Topics can include:

  • Alcohol, drug, and tobacco use
  • Bullying/Hazing
  • Building character through sports
  • Eating disorders
  • Healthy lifestyles in sports
  • Performance-enhancing drugs
  • Problems in sports programs
  • Sexual misconduct

Call 800-711-2670 to speak to a specialist or email us at training@charactercounts.org

We offer three types of seminars:

  • Customized half- or full-day in-service training for coaches
  • Contracted seminar for administrators and athletic directors
  • Open-enrollment seminar for anyone (non-sport specific)

Information request:

If you’re interested in receiving more information and/or a call, please use this form below and we will follow up with you shortly. For immediate gratification, please call us during normal business hours (PST time) to reach one of our staff for assistance: 800-711-2670.

Pricing varies based upon your group size and location. For an accurate estimate, please complete the form under the “Getting Started” tab or call us toll-free at 800-711-2670.

Commonly Asked Questions

FAQs for PVWH Sports

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What will I learn in a Sportsmanship Seminar?

  • How to design character-developing activities that can be integrated into sports programs as well as recruiting, training, and evaluation programs
  • How to teach, enforce, advocate, and model good sportsmanship (the T.E.A.M. approach).
  • How to respond effectively to challenges and questions from student athletes, fans, officials, parents, and colleagues
  • How to develop effective character-development interventions that are consistent, concrete, and creative
  • How the common-language approach embodied in the Six Pillars of Character and principled reasoning strategies provide a powerful means of overcoming political and ideological objections
  • How to use and modify the provided lesson plans and activity ideas
  • About the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition and the opportunities for collaboration it offers

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What other training options are available?

Anyone can attend an open-enrollment Sportsmanship Seminar. Or your organization can contract a seminar or workshop. We can customize a program to suit your needs. Learn more »

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What benefits and resources do I get?

  • A variety of materials, including administrative tools and resources, PowerPoint presentations, and models
  • Follow-up consultation and support
  • Limited class size
  • Activity guides and proven strategies
  • CHARACTER COUNTS! publications
  • Certification of completion
  • Networking opportunities through roster of graduates
  • Discounts on CHARACTER COUNTS! materials

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Who should attend?

  • Athletic directors
  • Coaches
  • Youth sports leaders
  • Officials
  • Counselors

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Who is on the faculty?

All members of the national faculty are certified experts in the Pursuing Victory With Honor framework and have extensive experience both in working with young people and in implementing successful programs in the field. These trainers conduct a variety of customized workshops as well as two-day certification seminars. Our distinguished PVWH faculty includes:

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Are you affiliated with major sports programs?

Nearly every major amateur sports organization has endorsed the Pursuing Victory With Honor Arizona Sports Summit Accord.

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