When Does Helping Hurt?
There's nothing more exciting than seeing your child succeed. But when they fail, your words as a parent, coach or caregiver can have a lifelong effect. Our intention is to provide a voice for young athletes — to say what they can’t. And by reading the letters, we hope parents, coaches, and even young athletes use them as a catalyst for discussion to help start the conversation and #shutoutthestigma.
Not Good Enough Documentary
Watch an Extended First Look at Not Good Enough
Open Letter: I'm Scared to
Let You Down
Open Letter: I Don't Look Forward to Playing
Open Letter: Behind the Scenes
Ryan Lefebvre Shines a Light on Youth Sports
"All of that criticism, all of that coaching I was gonna do in the car… all it was doing was ruining my relationship with my kids" – Todd Johnson
"Dear Mom & Dad, I'm writing this because I don't know how to say it to you and I don't want to hurt your feelings..."
Get the Conversation Going
Our words as parents, coaches, and caregivers – and the pressures children feel in sports – are proving to have lifelong mental health effects. We must collectively do better. Use the Conversation Guide as a check-in with your young athlete, and start the conversation on your social channels to #shutoutthestigma.#Shutoutthestigma
Guide the Conversation