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 The Skills Center (TSC) in Tampa Bay, Florida is a leader in sports-based education. TSC’s teaches values such as respect, responsibility and leadership through sports and community-based programs such as the Academic Café, PLUS Learn to Lead and the Y.E.S. Programs.

The sports-based youth development model is new and gaining momentum around the world as a potentially powerful medium for teaching character and leadership in children. TSC seeks to be a leader in this new approach to youth development and education.



What is Sport-Based Education?

Sport-based education (SBE) uses sports intentionally to teach and develop targeted cognitive, social, psychological, moral, and physical outcome goals. Sport-based education involves the application of relevant research in developing curriculum to teach 21st Century survival skills.

 -  Jeff Beedy Ed.D Founder of PLUS


Sport for Development is a method of bringing about social change through the use of sports. In the U.S. this is commonly referred to as Sports-Based Youth Development. Sport refers to the physical activity and development is any individual, health, social, and economic benefits. Sport for is used as a tool for peace and development. The programs use sport to help children learn lifelong skills as an incentive for the children to improve their scholarship. Sport is used as a tool to reach personal and community goals. Most organizations utilizing this method are geared towards underprivileged children and teenagers in urban areas.  


What is important?


The philosophy of our program defines why we are doing what we are doing and what we want to accomplish.


How is what’s important caught?


We need to be cognizant of how children learn in general, and, specifically, how children learn important program goals such as teamwork and responsibility.


How is what’s important taught?

How we “teach and coach” can be understood as our pedagogy.


What are your learning activities?

Basically, all of the activities that we design including practices, team meetings, team orientations, readings and rituals make up what we call our Program.


How do we know our children are learning what’s important?

Valid sport-based programs seek to prove their validity.


The children’s passion for sports is the draw. Sport is the platform. The key for all programs is intentionality.  Sport-based education (SBE) is using sports intentionally to teach and develop targeted cognitive, social, psychological, moral, and physical outcome goals.  Sport-based education involves the synthesis of relevant research and sports.


Positive Learning Using Sports (PLUS) is the leader in sport-based education and training. PLUS is an international global organization that gives educational training to communities and programs through sports and promoting positive human development and social change. Since 1984, Sports PLUS has reached over five thousand children and trained two thousand coaches and educators in camps and after-school programs throughout the United States, Cyprus, Canada, and Hong Kong.[9] Their PLUS model has five essential steps that communities can use. The steps develop respectful relationships and an understanding of how children learn in groups.



Educational medium understands that sports possess the unique social and educational components to promote collaboration and engage in dialogue and conflict resolution. Children learn best when involved with activities and people they enjoy.


The following are a representative of some of the stronger sport-based education programs around the world.

Girls in the Game, The Magic Bus, Women Win, Waves of Hope and Sport and Development

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