Doc Wayne ‘Doing The Good’ For Youth
We work with youth who have faced serious challenges in their young lives and connect with them through our sports-based therapeutic curriculum, do the good (DtG). The curriculum is embedded in team sports and delivered by trained coaches who reinforce players’ positive behaviors with slogans.
Doc Wayne brings out the best in young people by recognizing and addressing their individual needs and assists them in finding their “positive path”. Through our do the good (DtG) sports-based therapeutic curriculum we aim to help our participants feel relevant on and off the field and have done so over the course of the year with over 250 boys and girls in the US and in Nigeria.
Doc Wayne, in its quest for treatment and development of kid-friendly approaches, has offered a service that works and offers realistic hope where despair among caregivers previously existed. Our unique dedication to the most difficult population has fed very well the demand for alternatives. Over 65% of the kids are minorities from low-income situations with little family involvement. Our list of participants include young people who are: victims of abuse and/or neglect, underserved, sexually exploited, impoverished, truant, differently abled and mentally ill. As a result of these circumstances, our youth have had limited access to sports, as well as regular schooling, effective therapy, and other healthful and developmentally positive experiences.
Through our do the good curriculum, these youth learn to perceive the world as less threatening and their ability to interact with their environment becomes more empowered and they gain greater self-esteem. Our program is led by coaches trained in the DtG curriculum and consists of regular team sports as a mediated form of therapy. For most of our participants, this interaction will be their initial exposure to team sports. The goal is to enhance positive youth development and stabilize youth sufficiently to enable them to form relationships and control behavior, so that learning and trauma therapy become possible.
We recently partnered with the African Basketball Organization (ABO) to integrate our do the good sports-based therapeutic curriculum into their work with youth in Nigeria. The do the good curriculum, which connects with youth on a sport level as well as teaches pro-social behaviors and life skills, will complement ABO’s existing initiatives to work with underprivileged youth in Nigeria.
Doc Wayne Executive Director David Cohen said, “This is an exciting opportunity for us as we have positively connected with youth here in the U.S. Why not do the same with youth beyond our borders? This is a natural partnership as our missions align well for the common good of connecting with youth through sport.” African Basketball (ABO) President and Founder Eyo Effiong said, “After observing how David Cohen and his team at Doc Wayne utilizes the do the good skills based program in the development of the social skills of at-risk youth here in the U.S., I realized that the youth at our summer leadership programs in Nigeria, and other African communities would benefit immensely if we introduced these life-skills tools. We are very excited about this unique opportunity to partner with Doc Wayne.”
More About This Charity
Doc Wayne Athletic League, Inc.
To offer youth an innovative group therapy experience delivered through the medium of team sports stressing positive youth development.
- This charity raised $50,000 in the past year
- This Achievement helped 90 people
- This charity helped 240 people in the past year
- Assisting over 200 kids in finding their positive path
United States, Nigeria