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True Competition: Promoting Partnership

Started by Dennis Scott in General CSPN Discussions May 22, 2014.

Spectator Sportsmanship 1 Reply

Started by Dennis Scott in General CSPN Discussions. Last reply by Dennis Scott Oct 5, 2012.

Sports: Serious or Silly?

Started by Dennis Scott in General CSPN Discussions Oct 7, 2011.

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Creating a Culture of Christlikness

When I arrived at our School our school had a perception for bad behavior even though our teams…See More
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March Madness Bracket Contest Results

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Welcome to CSPN!

 While CSPN is primarily designed for coaches, anyone interested in developing a philosophy of athletics is welcome to join. Invite others to participate in the network!


As an organization, we're embarking on a huge next step with the organization of TSPN, The Sports Philosophy Network!  This is an exciting time to be a part of CSPN/TSPN, and we need your support to get this ball rolling.

Please take a few minutes to read this and contemplate the impact and the opportunity available to us all.

TSPN Opportunity

As we talked to people across the country about CSPN, it became apparent that a value-based philosophy of sports was needed not just for coaches, but for all those associated with sports, including athletes, officials, organizational leaders, parents, and the general fan base. This broader vision led to the creation of The Sports Philosophy Network (TSPN), which aims to reach all stakeholder groups with the message that character in sports matters.

Over the next several weeks and months, we are working to get support so that TSPN can formally launch as a non-profit with paid staff who will then have the time to focus on what needs be done to move TSPN forward. We have identified a marketing agency to help us create branding, a logo, general marketing services, and a new custom built website and network platform for TSPN's long term future.

As initial members of CSPN, which has steadily grown since 2009 to over 500 members, we trust that you have both benefited from CSPN, and are excited about TSPN's future. We've not made a habit of asking for financial support thus far, and to date we've invested over $10,000 of our own personal funds to see CSPN have the impact that it has had and to keep the vision for TSPN moving forward. We are asking for your help now in two simple ways to help kick off TSPN's grassroots campaign:

  • Please donate $20.
  • Please be a purposeful ambassador for TSPN/CSPN for the next 3 months and see if you get 3 people to match your gift of $20. That is just one person each month who you connect with, talk about CSPN, and get to donate with you because you both believe in and are excited about the future of TSPN.

We've made it super simple to give by launching a crowdfunding project through Crowdrise.com at www.crowdrise.com/tspn/fundraiser/cspn. All gifts are tax deductible. Please read about the Crowdrise project and forward the link to anyone you want.

We value your support moving forward and look forward to partnering with you to impact society with a sound, value-based philosophy of sport and competition that has a lasting impact on generations to come. There is a huge need, and therefore a huge opportunity for TSPN moving forward. We are very excited, and trust that you are as well. 

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Building a Great Program

This past week, I watched a basketball game that could only be defined as “ugly”. Despite the efforts of both teams to lose the game, one team eventually had to win on the scoreboard. Sure enough, the team with a winning record prevailed despite multiple turnovers and missed free throws in the final minutes. The losing team continued its winless season, and as I spoke to their despondent head coach after the game, I was again reminded of the hard work it takes to build a winning program. He…


Posted by Josh Beers on January 27, 2015 at 9:48pm

Tips to the Young Coach (From Me to Myself)

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Did you ever wish that you could go back in time? I do. I wish I could go back and slap some sense into myself at various points of my life. God’s been so good to me, no doubt. However, like everyone else, I’ve lacked some serious perspective from time to time. As I approach my 28th birthday, I get further away from my first job as a head…


Posted by Jeff Peterson on July 30, 2014 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Win this one for Bobby!

My high school soccer coach tried to motivate us to play better by telling us a story about his neighbor’s son who lost part of his finger while playing with a fire cracker. “Let’s win this one for Bobby!” We looked at each other in amazement and wondered why we would play harder for this unfortunate boy that we did not know.…


Posted by Don Netz on March 27, 2014 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

Costume or Uniform?

Costume or Uniform?

A recent devotional booklet I used challenged my thoughts on discipleship with a unique illustration. Eunice McGarrahan spoke to the element of discipleship with the contrasting elements of a costume and a uniform. She stated; “A costume is something you put on and pretend that you are what you are wearing. A uniform, on the other hand, reminds you that you are, in fact, what you wear.” The point of the devotional that day was to become more like Christ by ‘putting…


Posted by David Herron on January 7, 2014 at 11:38am — 3 Comments


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