Over a 9-week program of classroom discussions and self-guided study, student-athletes learn how to:

  • Apply lessons of dignity and respect to their roles as students and as athletes
  • Understand and respect diversity
  • Surround themselves with people who keep them safe and secure
  • Deal with peer pressure, including hazing and cyber bullying
  • Stay healthy through nutrition, hydration, injury prevention, anti-tobacco, drugs and alcohol
  • Identify people of character in their lives, and become a person of character themselves
  • Be a leader on the field and in the game of life

The D&R Team is comprised of diverse leaders in sport and in education. They include:

  • Charlie Batch - NFL Quarterback, Motivational Speaker, Founder of the Best of the Batch Foundation, Education Advocate
  • Ryan Dunmire Kuftic, Steel Valley Business, Technology & Math Teacher
  • Mark Kaczanowicz - Athletic Director, Head Football Coach and Physical Education Teacher Valley High School, New Kensington-Arnold School District, New Kensington, PA
  • Ruth Spurlock Kim - Coro Fellow
  • Brett Slezak, Allegheny Valley School District, Springdale High School, Physical Education Teacher, Advisor The Future Is Mine, Head Tennis Coach, Chatham University
  • James Bagnell, Washington Family Center - Program Specialist and Positive Action Project
  • Dr. Robin Ammon - Assoc Professor Dept of Kinesiology and Sport Science, University of South Dakota
  • Lucy Kaczanowicz - 1st Grade Teacher, Track & Field Coach, Burrell School District
  • Latasha Batch, M.S. - Executive Director of the Best of the Batch Foundation, MS from University of Tennessee Human Development in Sports.