Team Respect Challenge

Is Your Team Ready For The Team Respect Challenge?

Staples High School 2010-2011 Boys’ Soccer Team, Westport, CT.

Is your team united around the common goal of being the best you can be? Is the contribution of every team member valued? Are teammates there for each other? Do you have each other’s back, in and out of competition?  Do you treat all members of your team with respect? Do you believe that the diverse make-up of your team makes your team stronger?  If so, your team is ready for the Team Respect Challenge. What Does Taking the Team Respect Challenge Have to Do with Being a Winning Team? Winning teams are united around a common bond of striving for excellence. Each team member plays a key role in reaching team goals.  When every member of a team is valued, respected and feels included as a contributing member, the team will play better and be a more cohesive unit.  Team respect brings a winning edge.  Is your team ready to take the Team Respect Challenge? What Does It Mean To Take The Team Respect Challenge?

  • Making a strong public team commitment to live the values of respect and inclusion for all team members, across differences such as race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or religion.
  • Taking the Team Respect Challenge requires leadership and commitment from everyone on the team.
  • Believing that Team Respect is a winning strategy: When all team members are respected, they perform to their highest potential.
  • Treating all teammates with respect.
  • Avoiding language that puts someone down because of differences such as race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or religion.
  • Reminding teammates that name-calling and bullying are “not OK on our team.”
  • Setting an example of Team Respect for opposing teams, fans and other students in your school.

Take the Team Respect Challenge

  • Talk to your coach about setting aside some time to talk to your team about the Team Respect Challenge.
  • Talk to your team about the Team Respect Challenge:  What it means, how they can commit to Team Respect principles. What it says about your team to take the Team Respect Challenge.
  • Have your team sign the Team Respect Pledge.
  • Send the GLSEN Sports Project a copy of your signed pledge and your team photo or school mascot photo. We’ll post your team photo or your school mascot photo on our web site in our gallery of Team Respect Teams.

For K-12 school teams: We’ll send Team Respect Challenge wrist bands for your team and Safe Sport Space stickers to post in your locker room and coach’s office. We’ll also send your coach a Team Respect Challenge certificate to post in her or his office and a Changing the Game T-shirt. For college teams: We’ll post your team picture on our web site as an inspiration and example for K-12 school teams. Send your team pledge and team photo to: Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project 90 Broad St 2nd Floor New York, NY 10004 Or email to: Include the following information with your team pledge and photo: Your School Name: Your School Mailing Address: Your Team’s Sport: Your Coach’s Name: Your Email Address:

The Team Respect Pledge We, the (identify your team here, for example – “The East City High School Boys Soccer Team”) pledge to commit to respect, safety and inclusion for all members of our team and school community. We pledge to take leadership by setting an example of respectful interactions for all.  We pledge to:

  • Avoid using language, name-calling or slurs that put others down because of such differences as race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or religion.
  • Remind teammates who use “put down” language that “that’s not ok on our team.”
  • Treat all teammates with respect.
  • Believe that Team Respect is a winning strategy: When each team members feel safe and respected, they can play their best for the team.
  • Take leadership to set an example of respect for students in our school as well as opposing teams and fans.


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