In the world of sports ministry, victories extend far beyond the scoreboard. In the realm of compassionate community work, few things are as rewarding as witnessing positive change take root. Through our integration of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) principles into staff and volunteer training, MAM is fostering holistic growth in the lives of young individuals. Together, we’re not only nurturing students but also fostering a safer and more supportive community and nurturing environment.
The Playbook: Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Principles
In a realm where teamwork, discipline, and growth are paramount, TBRI principles find their natural fit. Developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, TBRI prioritizes three core components that resonate deeply with the world of sports:
Empowerment: Just as coaches empower athletes to make decisions on the field, TBRI empowers adults to provide choices and autonomy to children. This helps young athletes regain a sense of control.
Connection: Building strong relationships is the cornerstone of both sports and TBRI. MAM staff and volunteers are trained to listen actively, comfort, and understand each child’s unique journey – mirroring the bonds formed within a sports team.
Correction: Discipline in sports is about learning and growth, not punishment. Similarly, TBRI’s approach to correction emphasizes teaching and guiding, aligning seamlessly with coaching and mentoring.
Why Trauma-Informed Staff and Volunteers Matter in Sports Ministry
Many MAM students have faced adversity that can affect their well-being and performance. Trauma-informed volunteers and staff help create environments where children feel secure, allowing them to focus on the joy of sports and personal growth. Staff and volunteers experience training that blends trauma-informed care with the timeless wisdom of the Gospel, enriching their interactions with students.
Trauma-informed care addresses emotional hurdles that may impact a student’s performance. When students feel understood and supported, they can unlock their full potential on and off the field. Just as sports build physical resilience, trauma-informed care nurtures emotional resilience. This equips students to cope with challenges, setbacks, and adversity, bolstering their overall development.
Collaborating with Safe and Secure Tennessee: A Winning Team
MAM’s commitment to excellence led us to join forces with the Safe and Secure Tennessee TBRI cohort, creating a powerhouse of support for our youth. This collaboration offers:
Community of Support: Through networking opportunities, we connect with organizations that share our commitment to safety and growth, expanding our collective impact.
Informed Strategies: Safe and Secure Tennessee equips us with data-driven insights, elevating our approach to trauma-informed care and child safety.
Scoring Big: Impact and Future Vision
With TBRI principles at play and the Safe and Secure Tennessee collaboration, MAM is scoring big in creating lasting change. Students in our programs experience improved emotional well-being, heightened self-confidence, and stronger relationships—victories that extend far beyond the sports arena.
As we continue this journey, we envision a future where every child finds strength, resilience, and a sense of belonging through sports. Through our commitment to trauma-informed care, we’re ensuring that every student at MAM is equipped to conquer life’s challenges with the same determination they bring to the field. Memphis Athletic Ministries’ fusion of TBRI principles with the world of sports is a testament to our dedication to holistic growth and community safety.