What is the NSCAA doing to recognize and celebrate diversity?

As you may know, the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) is making a substantial effort to recognize and celebrate its diversity, and to be a truly inclusive organization. Marcia McDermott, the incoming President of the NSCAA (you can follow her on Twitter @RedStarsGM btw), has set diversity & inclusion as her primary agenda for 2010, and the support she’s received from the CEO (Joe Cummings – @nscaaCEO on Twitter), the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors & National Academy Staff… all the way to the membership has been absolutely tremendous. As the Chair of the NSCAA Women’s Committee, I couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store for 2010!!! Look for future Soccer Science posts to highlight the activities and adventures we embark on.

As part of my function with the Women’s Committee, I’m also a member of the NSCAA Diversity Committee – lead by the one and only Mike Curry. Mike is also the Co-Chair of the NSCAA Local Organizing Committee in Philly, and has been working his tail off on Convention plans. He has put together the following schedule of events representing our different constituent groups. If you’re headed to the Convention this year, I hope you can make it by some of these great sessions!

Diversity Committee Member Open Meetings – Learn how you can get involved in the NSCAA!

NSCAA Diversity Committee meeting; Thursday, January 14, 11:00 – 12:00, M 403
– Native American Soccer Coaches Committee meeting, Thursday, January 14, 1:00 – 3:00, M 305
Women’s Committee Social; Thursday, January 14, 9:30 – 11:00 PM, M Independence Ballroom
NSCAA Foundation Breakfast; Friday, January 15, 9:00 – 11:00, CC Exhibit Hall A, booth 359
– Urban Soccer Collaborative meeting; Friday, January 15, 10:00 – 2:00, M Franklin Hall 7
– Portuguese Soccer Coaches Committee; Friday, January 15, 12:15 – 1:30, CC 104A
Black Soccer Coaches Committee; Friday, January 15, 1:00 – 3:00, CC 105A/B
– BSCC/LSCC Reception; Friday January 15, 5:30 – 6:30, M Franklin Hall 2
– Women’s Committee Breakfast; Saturday January 16, 8:00 – 9:30, M Liberty Ballroom
Latin American Soccer Coaches Committee meeting; Saturday, 11:00 – 1:00, CC 105 A/B
– Women’s Committee meeting; Saturday; January 16, 3:00 – 4:00, CC 202A

Diversity Committee Member Featured Clinicians

“Skill: Is it the poison or the antidote of the game?” Macky Chenia, Assistant Coach, South Africa U-20 Men’s National Team. Black Soccer Coaches Committee featured clinician, Thursday, January 14, 11:30 – 12:45 PM, CC Exhibit Hall B
“Soccer as a Vehicle for Social Change” USC Panel Discussion. Presented by the Urban Soccer Collaborative, Thursday, January 14, 2:30 – 3:45 PM, CC 108
“Team Offense: Recognizing the Opportunity to Attack”. Tiffany Milbrett, Professional Player and youth coach, FC Gold Pride, WPS. Women’s Committee featured clinician, Thursday, January 14, 2:30 – 3:45 PM, CC Exhibit Hall C
“South Africa: The Excitement and Joy of Hosting the World Cup”. Macky Chenia, Assistant Coach, South Africa U-20 Men’s National Team. Black Soccer Coaches Committee featured clinician, Friday, January 15, 11:00 – 12:15 PM, CC 103
“Can the Latino Players Make the Difference?” Marco Santillan, NSCAA National Staff Coach. Latin American Soccer Coaches Committee featured clinician, Friday, January 15, 12:30 – 1:45 PM, CC 103
“Finishing Exercises In and Around the 18”. Aaron Lujan, Head Men’s Coach, Carnegie Mellon University and Boyna Bear, Southwest Youth Service, Technical Director, New Mexico. Native American Soccer Coaches Committee featured clinicians, Saturday, January 16, 10:00 – 11:15 AM, CC Exhibit Hall C
“Defensive Coordination in Numerical Inferiority”. Marco Santillan, NSCAA National Staff Coach. Latin American Soccer Coaches Committee featured clinician, Saturday, January 16, 1:00 – 2:15 PM, CC Exhibit Hall C
“Making It Work: Soccer and Youth Development in Small Spaces”. Caitlin Barrett, National Soccer Director, America SCORES and Colin Staton Evaluation VISTA, America SCORES, member of the Urban Soccer Collaborative, Saturday, January 16, 4:00 – 5:15 PM, CC 107
“Tournament Strategies to Improve Player Physical Performance: The England Women’s National Team”. Dawn Scott, Head of Exercise Science, England Women’s National Team. Women’s Committee Featured Clinician. Saturday, January 16, 4:00pm-5:15pm, CC 103

NSCAA Diversity Village

The NSCAA Diversity Village is a 30 ft x 20 ft booth in the Convention Center Exhibit Hall A, Booth #359, which will be configured as a large open area with an island booth instead of individual 10×10 booths. Each member group will have an area with their own table, two chairs and waste basket. Additional furniture will be provided in the center of the area to create a lounge/social setting. There will be a large sign hanging over the center of the booth that identifies the NSCAA Diversity Village and lists each member group. NSCAA and affiliate groups that will be represented in the Diversity Village are:

– NSCAA Women’s Committee
– Black Soccer Coaches Committee
– Latin American Soccer Coaches Committee
– Native American Soccer Coaches Committee
– Urban Soccer Collaborative
– NSCAA Foundation

NSCAA Diversity Statement

The NSCAA Diversity Statement was developed by the Diversity Committee and approved by the NSCAA Executive Committee in June 2007.

”The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is committed to fostering diversity by offering a welcoming and supportive environment for its members, leadership and other constituents, and to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and socio-economic status.

Recognizing that diversity enriches the educational experience, improves the practice and profession of coaching and enhances creativity and professional growth in the soccer community, the NSCAA emphasizes both demographic and intellectual diversity. This requires continued effort to attract and develop qualified persons of diverse backgrounds to participate in its educational, coaching and outreach mission and programs; a coaching curriculum and other learning experiences that provide exposure to diverse cultures, human characteristics and ways of thinking; and an organizational climate that stimulates innovation, values diverse contributions and encourages performance that leads to the advancement of its constituents.

The NSCAA particularly acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented members, leadership and other constituents from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.”

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