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College Athletics

From the locker room to the classroom & beyond

Athletic departments play a crucial role in campus efforts to end sexual assault and relationship abuse.

MVP was the first large-scale program to utilize the high-profile and social influence of sports culture in the fight against all forms of men’s violence against women. It remains the leading program of its kind in both college and professional athletics in North America. MVP trainers have trained tens of thousands of male and female student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators on hundreds of NCAA Division I, II and III campuses. Click here for a partial list of college athletic programs that have worked with MVP.

MVP Strategies offers athletic personnel a positive leadership-focused approach that emphasizes the role everyone on a team or program can play in creating a respectful atmosphere and preventing both micro aggressions and incidents of sexual assault and relationship abuse.

MVP Strategies trainings in college athletics are customized to fit the needs of various institutions. Trainings in the athletic subculture typically fall into the following categories:

  • Awareness-raising.
    MVP training teams come to campus for 2-4 days and conduct workshops/sessions with student-athletes/teams, coaches and athletic administrators. These trainings reach everyone in the athletic department for a minimum of one 90-minute awareness-raising session with options for more.
    These sessions include discussion about the level of the problem of gender violence on college campuses and the role student-athletes can play in preventing it; the relationship between certain gender norms and the acceptance or perpetration of abuses; and a hands-on immersion in the bystander approach with interactive dialogue about options for bystander intervention in several common real-life scenarios.
  • Intensive leadership training.
    MVP trainers provide intensive one-day trainings for selected groups of male and female student-athlete leaders: team captains and others. The ideas is to deepen the understanding of young leaders about sexual assault and relationship abuse and to support their development as opinion leaders on the prevention side in the athletic subculture and beyond.
  • Trainings of trainers.
    MVP trainers come to campus to conduct intensive two or three-day trainings to a maximum of 30 professional staff, faculty and graduate students. These trainers are then qualified to lead interactive MVP sessions with student-athletes and other students, following a basic structured agenda and utilizing the MVP playbook and other curricular materials.
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