Coaches Sports Trainings

GGC and Sports United’s Volleyball Exchange

As adults we often do not have the time and space to play, laugh and learn like we once did as children. On December 12th, a delegation of 14 Volleyball coaches from China was given the opportunity to do just this, all while learning about the importance and power of Sport for Development. Great emphasis was placed on creating a fun and positive learning experience for all involved by GGC’s Ellen Cosgrove and Kelsey Moore. During the session, the coaches were taken through a variety of icebreakers, games and volleyball drills that were not only a blast for all participants but provided valuable life skills.  Coaches were able to see that a simple game of “Find a new spot if” could allow those involved to get to know each other better and that drills such as “Serving Circles” provided space for skill development on and off the volleyball court.  Fun was had by all and the coaches were reminded by Coach Kelsey that if we as adults were having this much fun, just think how great these games would be for the children and youth they coach!

Thank you to all the coaches, Sport United and George Mason University for making this session possible!

By |December 18th, 2013||

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela once said that sport could “create hope where there was once despair.” This might sound hyperbolic on the surface, but let’s not forget that this came in the midst of the former South African president’s 18-year prison sentence on Robben Island, an isolated hole where South Africa’s apartheid regime stowed away political prisoners and other state dissidents.
But even in the worst of conditions, sport inherently served as an inspiration and source of hope.  While in prison, Mandela helped organized soccer matches among inmates, which eventually became so anticipated, guards had to build a physical structure so other prisoners could not actually see the matches and take enjoyment from them. But this didn’t stop Mandela from believing in the power of sport to lift people out of dark places.
A few years after his release from prison and his subsequent rise to the highest political office in South Africa, Mandela placed complete and utter faith in a traditionally all-white Rugby team, knowing that he might be one of the only people on the planet that could tow the delicate balance of not ostracizing South Africa’s white population while convincing the long-oppressed black community that this team could potentially serve as a symbol of national unity.  The unlikely South African victory in the Rugby world cup in 1995 was nothing short of a miracle.  Whether Mandela believed in miracles or not, there is no denying his belief that sport could accomplish miraculous things. He believed that sport had the power to build character and strengthen the individual, the community, the nation, and the world.
Nelson Mandela certainly was one of the most prolific, inspiring people of our time. We at Global Game Changers are proud to live […]

By |December 15th, 2013||

Vaughn College of Aeronautics College Freshman Orientation

What thoughts come to your mind when you think of your first day on a college campus?  That uneasy feeling of meeting many people, not sure of who will be your friend, what the mood will be, how you will fit in.  So many questions and uncertainties; so much potential for long lasting, life affirming relationships.

Global Game Changers was thrilled to be a part of easing that potentially uncomfortable freshman on campus experience by running two college freshman orientations recently at Vaughn College of Aeronautics in Queens, New York.  Using our expertise in sports for development as the backdrop, we ran a series of highly interactive, team building, barrier breaking games and activities designed to help these incoming students get to know one another and have fun doing so.

In so doing, our content set out to take down the wall that is common in young adults’ first interactions by having them engage in games requiring communication and PLAY.  A series of stations including (the now famous) “monster”, ball tag, concentric circle ball passing, and “minefield,” were sandwiched by getting-to-know-you name games, relay races, and a group wide game of scramble.  The theme for the orientations was “Warrior,” the school’s mascot, and each subgroup had to determine what Warrior meant to them, and create a physical manifestation of that theme to be presented to the entire group later in the orientation.

This was our second visit to Vaughn College and we embrace our new relationship with the school.   We look forward to partnering with them again in the near future.

We are: Warriors!




By |September 1st, 2013||

Brazil Basketball Delegation Partakes In GGC Clinic

Whether encouraging one another in a shooting drill or hustling through an intense scrimmage, where high-fives and encouragement counted as much as points on the scoreboard, Global Game Changers (GGC) engaged a dozen youth and two coaches from Brazil in a high-energy, positive training focused on leadership, communication and team-building skills on Sunday, Feb. 10 in Arlington, Va.

Hailing from different neighborhoods of Sao Paolo, the Brazil’s largest city, the trainees enjoyed a three-hour program beginning with a broad discussion of what traits make excellent leaders on and off the basketball court — and how leaders work to improve those traits both in and out of sports.

The GGC trainers — Michael Vaughan-Cherubin, Josh Simon, David Grant, Andrew Mincheff — further focused the group on specific behaviors of good leaders including productive communication skills, emphasizing a 5-1 ratio of positivity to constructive criticism, and leading by example, through exhibiting solid work ethic and focus in practicing one’s athletic craft.

With those concepts firmly in mind, the group worked on coaching one another in shooting fundamentals, the challenges of being an effective leader and follower in running and dribbling drills, the need to build trust through a partner activity involving blind dribbling through an obstacle course, and a final scrimmage emphasizing competition as a way to build relationships through positive feedback and the ability to coach one’s teammates constructively.

The group of teens and their coaches came to GGC as part of a three-week program focused on using sports for development sponsored by the US State Department.

– Written By David Grant




By |March 26th, 2013||

GGC Trains Coaches from South Sudan

Earlier this week, Global Game Changers (GGC) hosted a clinic for five basketball coaches and sport administrators from newly established South Sudan.  The clinic focused first on identifying the goals of each of the participants teams and programs.  In order to do this, we introduced new concepts in Sport-For-Development, which used a tree as a metaphor to describe the “logic” of Sport-For-Development programs. Participants built this metaphorical tree – from roots being program “activities” – to the trunk which stood for negative behaviors that wanted “changes” – and finally, branches which symbolized program “goals.”  The clinic then went on the court as GGC partners encouraged participants to modify their “game” (in this case basketball), to reach their program or team goals. Basketball drills old and new were taught with a new spin – a specific development outcome.  As always with GGC events, fun was a major theme. “Spontaneous hand clapping”, positive encouragement and high fives were the norm.

As always, a special thanks to George Mason and SportsUnited for their assistance with the clinic.

By |November 21st, 2012||

Egyptian Soccer Coaches Train & Coach With GGC

May 11th, 2012, the GGC team was at it again training soccer coaches from Egypt on a cultural exchange trip through the US State Department’s SportsUnited program. Coaches learned GGC’s sports based youth development philosophy and discussed additional ways sports can be used to teach life skills and improve their community. GGC provided the coaches with new drills and a new perspective on how to utilize and coach fundamental soccer drills. The coaches then had a chance to take their new skills out into the field volunteering with inner city youth through United For DC.

By |May 31st, 2012||

GGC Trains Basketball Coaches From South Africa

March 12th, 2012, the latest group to attend a Global Game Changers session through SportsUnited, was an entourage of South African basketball coaches – a group full of spirit, song, and enthusiasm. The South African coaches, two females and ten males, hail from throughout their country and work with various ages and skill levels, from beginners to the nation’s best talent. GGC team members, Michael Vaughan-Cherubin, Josh Simon and Claire Perry, welcomed the coaches with quick and energetic ice-breakers before spending quality time discussing the philosophy of development through sport. The biggest take away from the interactive discussion was how sports-based youth development organizations can successfully teach tacit life skills in the community, while simultaneously developing the individual and team skills of the sport. Basketball drills ensued, strengthening the coaches’ dribbling and passing skills while emphasizing the need for communication in full court dribbling and half court defensive shell drills. Finally, the coaches rallied around the center court and practiced their pass fake and various modes of ball transport in a creative drill that also taught HIV/AIDS awareness. The biggest threat to the South African community is HIV/AIDS, though the communities in which the coaches live and work are also full of other pressing issues such as poverty, drug abuse, and gender equity. With the help from GGC, the coaches took away invaluable lessons to use basketball as the bridge to develop trust with those they teach. Building on this trust, the foundation is laid for basketball to be utilized as the medium for positive social change within their communities. Written by two-time volunteer and friend of the GGC, Claire Perry


By |March 12th, 2012||

El Salvador Sports Development

Earlier this month, Global Game Changers representative Michael Vaughan Cherubin traveled to El Salvador to consult with civil society professionals, policymakers and community leaders on best practices for sport-and-development. The mission came as a result of the successful cooperation between Global Game Changers (GGC) and the US Department of State’s public diplomacy initiative, SportsUnited, a project designed to build capacity and goodwill among athletes and sport professionals
from different countries.

After a “Training for Trainers” clinic that GGC ran for a delegation from El Salvador, GGC Managing Director Michael Vaughan Cherubin received an invitation to represent the United States in a reverse exchange in order to continue to foster the relationships, in Washington and to build capacity where possible. As part of the program, Vaughan Cherubin visited locations across the country reuniting with coaches he met during the aforementioned clinic in DC. During the field visits he played with the youth, ran clinics, exchanged gifts. However, the trip was not all for play. Of the many social challenges facing El Salvador, poverty and gangs are perhaps the hardest. The host of the exchange, was FULSAMO, a Salvadoran NGO that works to provide a safe place for children to learn and play. Throughout the trip workshops and meetings provided a unique opportunity for Vaughan Cherubin to share his expertise and learn from other sports development professionals. Vaughan Cherubin saw that the Salvadorian coaches worked tirelessly to provide youth with opportunities through sport. Throughout it all, the warmth of the Salvadorian people shined through.

Global Game Changers is thankful to have had the opportunity to visit El Salvador and help strengthen the organizations there that work so hard to build a better future for the next generation of Salvadorans.

By |November 30th, 2011||

GGC Clinic For Martial Artists From Tajikistan

On October 8th 2011, Global Game Changers, LLC partnered yet again with SportsUnited, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State, to welcome a dynamic group of young martial arts athletes from Tajikistan. Arriving from a former Soviet State, GGC trainers were thrilled with the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about Tajik culture. The delegation consisted of 12 women athletes, many of whom were competing on a national level in various martial arts genres. Trainers Michael Vaughan-Cherubin and Josh Simon were joined by Arturo Reyes, an amateur Kick-Boxer, MMA fighter and trainer at LA Boxing. The clinic focused on teaching fundamentals of boxing and martial arts and developed themes of self-control, discipline, sportsmanship, fairness and responsibility. The group looked at examples of youth and development organizations across the globe that use sports such as boxing to keep youth engaged. The discussion also touched upon of the ability of sport to prevent gang participation and drug use. Finally the Tajik athletes were able to give back to an underserved community in America by administering a martial arts clinic to a local boys and girls club. For the culmination of three hour clinic, 25 youth from the Boys and Girls Club Saturday program were treated to a short boxing and athletic clinic run by the Tajik women. Despite the language barriers, the clinic went very well thanks to the high level of energy and commitment of the young women from Tajikistan.

By |October 8th, 2011||

Saudi Arabian Female Athletes Train With GGC

Friday, July 8th 2011, Global Game Changers held a basketball clinic for a group of Saudi Arabian female youth at George Mason University. The girls were a part of one of the only private athletic clubs for females in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah United. They spent a week on the SportsUnited cultural exchange program of the State Department and participated in numerous basketball drills and clinics.
Global Game Changers brings a unique “life skill development” component to our sessions, which is perhaps why feedback and reviews or our programs are so positive. After teaching fundamental basketball skills and running drills that uses those newly learned skills, GGC incorporated a discussion after each specially designed drill about how it contributed to “off-the-court” life lessons such as respect for peers, healthy competition, leadership, positive attitude and good behavior.

The girls were quick learners and showed amazing enthusiasm for both the drills and the discussions. Global Game Changers once again thanks SportsUnited and George Mason University for inviting us to be a part of such an amazing program.

By |July 8th, 2011||