Life lessons can be learned in a number of areas of our lives and at the most unique of moments.
Sports are one of those areas.
In sports, coaches sit in a position of our lives to teach, mold and lead as not only part of athletic competitions, but as inspirational members for life.
Joe Ehrmann is one of those coaches.
Ehrmann, a former All-American football player at Syracuse University and 13-year veteran of the National Football League has been called “The most important coach in America” and has won numerous awards of inspiration and community excellence for his work exemplifying what it means to be an inspirational speaker, community leader, author and coach.
On Thursday and Friday, March 21-22, Ehrmann will host a speech and workshop at North Central Michigan College, partnered along with Beyond the Scoreboard, the Women’s Resource Center and the 100 Men Campaign.
Thursday’s lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at the NCMC Student and Community Resource Center, while Friday’s workshop lasts from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the library conference rooms
Area coaches, athletes, parents and all community members are encouraged to hear Ehrmann speak, as his words have a message for all.
“I spend a lot of time trying to redefine sports and reframe coaching,” Ehrmann said. “I think we’ve moved into this win at all cost kind of mentality with sports that really is not serving anyone. It’s not serving youth, it’s not serving family and it’s not serving this country either.”
“So I try to have people rethink the role of sports and the role of coaching.”
Ehrmann knows coaches have a platform few have in teaching a child not only the basics and goals of the games they play, but roles and means to succeed in life as well. “There’s a crisis in youth and childhood in this country,” he said. “Sports ought to be a tool for that healthy development to build every kid’s self-esteem, self concept, self efficacy.”
Ron Goodman, the executive director of Beyond The Scoreboard, is thrilled to be a partner with the event and welcome Ehrmann to the area.
“We believe that Joe Ehrmann is one of the nation’s most influential leaders in bringing positive change to culture and hosting him this event is the most significant program that Beyond The Scoreboard has offered,” Goodman said.
“This workshop will provide inspiration along with practical ideas for implementing character development throughout the sports programs of Northern Michigan.”
Coaches, who are strongly encouraged to come, will be one of the main focuses of Ehrmann’s speech as he sees two types of coaches in America, transactional, those who do it to better themselves and transformational, those who do it to transform lives.
“Once you understand the potential of possibilities you’re not just changing the lives of kids, you’re changing families, communities, you’re coaching for America,” Ehrmann said. “You have tremendous ripples of change. When a coach understands that, wow, that’s powerful.”
The Women’s Resource Center also came on board to support Ehrmann’s efforts, as violence against women will also be addressed at the events.
“I do a lot of gender violence training. Gender violence is a male crime of power and control,” Ehrmann said. “To me that’s part of the role of sports. We’re going to help boys become men.”
Both events are free, but tickets will be required.
Tickets are available at the NCMC campus book store, gym office and business office as well as at the Women’s Resource Center administrative office.
More information can be found at www.Beyondthescoreboard.org, or by calling the Women’s Resource Center, (231) 347-0067.
Ehrmann’s book, InSideOut Coaching, can be found on Amazon.com.
“We encourage anyone to attend who is interested in training and building young people to be leaders for positive change in our culture,” Goodman added. “I believe that Joe will bring a dynamic presentation on how to impact the lives of young people.”