This is an episode unlike any other. We talk about the intersection between social work and sports. Social workers are advocates and activists who can help athletes in a variety of ways.
Social workers help people who experience everyday problems and they help people who are in crisis. Social workers can help athletes navigate life events so that they can be the best people they can be. Social workers need a seat at the table along with sports psychologists in order to give our athletes the holistic development they need.
In this episode we also talk about the plethora of issues our black student-athletes face from a social workers perspective. Many black student-athletes come from challenging background where they were raised in one parent or no parent homes. Some deal with bouts of homelessness while others have to face gun violence. Somehow in spite of their circumstances they find their way onto a college campus. In many instances they are unprepared for the coursework but it is difficult for them to find someone who looks like them and can truly understand who they are and where they come from.
Be sure to connect with Dr. Emmett Gill