Team Up Washington

Team Up Washington Logo in front of a soccer field
We are excited to announce the launch of Team Up Washington, a partnership between LifeWire, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress. The new initiative uses sports as a platform to prevent violence by empowering student athletes to be leaders at their high schools and in their communities.

Team Up Washington recognizes that high school athletic coaches and mentors play an extremely influential role in the lives of young people. Because of the time they spend with student athletes and the relationships they develop, coaches and mentors are uniquely poised to positively influence how young people think and behave, both on and off the field.

The initiative uses two research-based violence prevention programs that have been shown to have a positive effect on social norms in high schools by building healthy relationship skills and creating a culture of safety and respect. Athletes As Leaders and Coaching Boys Into Men are the curricula that will be used to train high school coaches, athletic directors, and mentors to implement this approach in their local high schools.

Team Up Washington will offer three training events in the Seattle area in 2019/20.They are free, and open to any coach, athletic director, team mentor, or advocate in Washington State who wants to get trained. The trainings will be hosted and made possible by the generous support of the Seattle Seahawks, 710 ESPN Seattle, and the Seattle Mariners. Click here to learn more about upcoming trainings.