June 11, 2020
Dear CSCCa Member,
As you know, 2020 has been an extremely challenging and difficult year. First, we had the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had an unprecedented effect on our society and our ability to do our normal jobs as strength and conditioning coaches, and now we are dealing with powerful social unrest, which is reflected in the passionate protests that are taking place in cities across America. While we all may have differing views about how best to bring about much needed change, the CSCCa Board of Directors is confident that we all care about our fellow citizens and having a fair and equitable country for all Americans.
It is not our intention to stir up political controversy. The CSCCa is not a political organization. Our desire is to show care, compassion and support for ALL our fellow strength and conditioning coaches during this pivotal time. The goal of the CSCCa Board of Directors is to improve communication and empathy among our member coaches as well as between strength and conditioning coaches and their athletes. Education and self-awareness are critical components to bringing about positive change, and it is our hope that we can help facilitate greater understanding and concern for one another as this makes us a stronger organization, profession and nation. With this in mind, please read the attached Message of Support from the CSCCa National Office on behalf of the CSCCa Board of Directors.
Dr. Chuck Stiggins
CSCCa Executive Director
Message of Support
June 11, 2020
The United States of America finds itself at a crossroads. It has become painfully apparent that not everyone in America has had the same “American” experience, and that many feel isolated, unappreciated, threatened and unsafe. Too many Black Americans for too long have been racially targeted and treated unfairly. This is totally unacceptable. We stand united with all those who are fighting against racism, in all of its forms, wherever it exists. There is no place in our society for this cancer. This nation was built on the principle of equality and justice for all, and we must never stop working to make this founding principle a reality for ALL Americans.
As you know, the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) is a professional organization dedicated to meeting the needs of ALL strength and conditioning coaches of collegiate and professional athletic teams regardless of race, color, gender, age, religion, or national origin. The organization was founded in 2000 with the primary goal of promoting education, unity, and respect—for and among—strength and conditioning coaches. Our member coaches bring a variety of knowledge, backgrounds and life experiences to the profession and to the organization. This diversity of membership, along with our firm desire to work together to understand our differences, improves the organization, and ultimately the profession, by increasing appreciation for and learning from one another to make us all better coaches, professionals, spouses, parents and citizens.
It is the sincere hope of the CSCCa Board of Directors that the tragic deaths of untold Black Americans throughout our nation’s history will not be in vain. It is our hope that the Black Lives Matter movement and the passionate protests that are spreading across the nation will be a wake-up call to ALL Americans to self-evaluate our own behaviors and biases. Hopefully, we can learn from our past mistakes and work together to build a brighter, better future for all.
To our Black member coaches, the CSCCa is your home. We support and stand with you. To all our member coaches, we are committed to doing more to improve effective communication and understanding among all of you, as well as between you and your athletes, to build unity and increase respect and empathy. Education is critical, and meaningful change starts with the individual. Each of us can truly make a difference.
-CSCCa Board of Directors