National Association of Basketball Coaches’
“Stay in to Win” Program Overview
Thank you for your interest in the NABC “Stay in to Win” Program. With a focus on student success and dropout prevention, the following “Stay in to Win” Program materials target middle school and high school students.
Overview and Purpose
- College coaches and their players join together with middle school and high school teachers and administrators to motivate and encourage students, particularly those at risk of dropping out, to stay in school to graduation. By delivering the message that success in education is fundamental to success in life, students will be enlightened as to the impact of decisions they make in school.
- Coaches and their players play key roles in outreach to students as they communicate the value of effective decision-making skills and the impact that academic, career, and personal decisions made now will have on their futures.
- Coaches and their players will also serve as catalysts, encouraging students to develop Success Teams to help them overcome obstacles and Success Plans to guide them as they make the educational and career decisions that will direct their lives.
Program materials for coaches, players, teachers, and school administrators are available on the NABC web site. These materials are designed to support in-school presentations and can be adapted to meet the needs of participating schools. Please note that the “Stay in to Win” Program is intended to supplement, not replace, dropout prevention and career planning initiatives already in place within participating schools.
“Stay in to Win” program materials are provided to support and assist teachers and counselors as they integrate tools and techniques into the student success initiatives and efforts already in place.
- Stay in to Win PowerPoint, Presenter’s Guide, and Talking Points for Principals, Counselors, and Teachers.
Click here to access a copy of the script for school staff to use to present the Stay in to Win PowerPoint in classroom settings.
Click here for the Stay in to Win PowerPoint for school staff to use during classroom presentations to reinforce the Keys to Student Success message and teach the decision-making process to students.
Click here to access Talking Points school staff can utilize as useful conversation starters for
individual, small group, and class discussions.
- Talking Points for Coaches and Players for School Presentation
Click here to access a script for coaches and players to use when presenting a Stay in to Win student assembly.
- The NABC “Stay in to Win” Guidebook is packed with the following tools, tips, and techniques that teachers and counselors can use to support students as they make important decisions throughout school:
Click Here for the Guidebook
Also in the Guidebook you will find A Student Success Planner; Personal Development Checklist;
Decision-Making Chart; Self-Reflection, Mentoring, and Group Discussion Questions; and Success Team Inventory
Click Here for the Stay in to Win “Keys to Student Success”
- “Stay in to Win” Posters
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- “Stay in to Win” Student Pledge
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- Players from college teams who are committed to completing their degrees will join their coaches, in teams of two, as “Stay in to Win” presenters. (2 males, 2 females or 1 male and 1 female)
- “Stay in to Win” presentations may be offered in whole-school assemblies or in smaller classroom settings (which might require additional player-presenters), depending on school schedules, facilities, and grade levels of students to be included.
- Participating College Sports Information Departments may choose to prepare news releases to promote the collaborative effort of the colleges and schools in local communities through the NABC “Stay in to Win” initiative. Please email photos of school visits in JPEG format to Rick Leddy at email@example.com, labeling all photos as to the date and schools visited and identifying college, coaches, and players pictured.
Preparation of Player-Presenters
In order for coaches, players and other participating school staff to become familiar with the content of the “Stay in to Win” materials, brief training sessions should be conducted prior to school visits. Players, in particular, can maximize their effectiveness by reviewing the information and materials in the “Stay in to Win” Guidebook.
Following is a sample schedule for a 45-minute school visit (assembly or in-class) and a suggested timeframe, by topic, to ensure that presentations are complete and consistent across schools and among presenters.
12:30-12:40 Introduction of coach and athletes, comments by athletes, e.g. name, hometown, high school, expected date of graduation, major, career goals and why they wanted to participate in the NABC “Stay in to Win” Program.
12:40-12:55 Share Talking Points, emphasizing the 5 Keys to Success.
12:55-1:10 Explain the content and value of “Stay in to Win” Guidebook, including the Success Team Inventory, Student Success Planner, Seven Big-Ticket Decisions, Decision-Making Charts, Personal Development Checklist, and Self-Reflection, Mentoring, and Group Discussion Questions.
1:10-1:15 Closing words of encouragement can emphasize the responsibility of the students for the decisions they make and the impact that decisions made at this time in their lives will have on their futures. Distribute “Stay in to Win” Guidebooks provided by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Students who are given their own copies of the Guidebook can refer to them throughout school as they explore resources and gather information in support of their educational and career decisions.
The NABC would like to thank the coaches, players, teachers, and school administrators, in advance, for their participation in the “Stay in to Win” initiative.
For questions regarding the “Stay in to Win” Program initiative, please contact the NABC “Stay in to Win” Coordinator, Al Foderaro, at firstname.lastname@example.org.