Why should you care about strengths in the athletic arena?
Drew Hyland, a noted sports philosopher, once said that the goal of sport is to attempt to feel a sense of completeness as a result of the experience. When all sport stakeholders collaborate in a competitive environment, we have the greatest opportunity to experience the pleasure, to be fully engaged in the process and find a sense of purpose and meaning in what we do. Organized sports are a natural home for observing SMART Strengths in action. By learning about character strengths and ways to build and apply them, coaches help guide students to acknowledge, own, and apply their own strengths, to value their authentic selves, and to increase both their collective and self-efficacy in light of their performances.