Responsible Coaching Movement
At MJKO, we are working hard to help create a sports environment that is Safe, Smart and Secure for everyone. We have taken the Coaches Canada Responsible Coaching Movement pledge to implement three fundamental pillars:
1)Rule of Two
The Rule of Two aims to ensure all interactions and communications are in open, observable, and justifiable settings.
2) Screening and background checks on volunteers and staff
A secure sports environment is one where all coaches and sports leaders are screened to meet the requirements to be involved in sports. Comprehensive background screening is conducted regularly to ensure that all coaches, volunteers and sport organization leaders meet essential requirements to be involved in sports.
3) Promotion of coach education through the National Coach Certification Program, like Ethics training.
A smart sports environment ensures that coaches are trained and have the confidence and skills to manage challenging situations. Lifelong learning through numerous training modules helps coaches expand their knowledge and awareness of important topics throughout their careers.
To learn more about the RCM and make the pledge for your sports organization, visit: coach.ca/RCM .
Commitment to the True Sport Principles
The True Sport Principles are the expressed commitment by MJKO to ensure a safe, inclusive, welcoming and positive environment for athletes, supported by coaches, parents, officials and administrators. MJKO believes adhering to these field-of-play principles will encourage an optimal sports environment for all participants. Furthermore, MJKO will benefit from aligning with other sports organizations that also believe in promoting these principles.
The True Sport Principles are as follows:
Go For It
Rise to the challenge – always strive for excellence. Be persistent and discover how good you can be.
Understand, respect, and follow the rules. Play with integrity – competition is only meaningful when it is fair.
Show respect for everyone involved in creating your sporting experience, both on and off the field of play. Win with dignity and lose with grace.
Keep It Fun
Find the joy in sport and share it with others. Remember what you love about sport and why you play.
Always respect and care for your mind and body. Advocate for the health and safety of yourself and those around you.
Recognize and celebrate strength in diversity. Invite and welcome others into sport.
Say thanks and show gratitude. Encourage your sport group to make a difference in the community.
“You have certain values that you were taught while being at MJKO. It leaves an imprint that you take with you. It doesn’t matter where you go – you spread it without actually really trying to – it just comes naturally. So I definitely consider myself a community champion because if there’s any way that I can help out in an event or [help] a person or group I love to do it. I love helping people and that’s something I learned at MJKO.”
- MJKO Alumni
Participants indicated the power of sport was its ability to connect people. For example, one participant shared, “sports are great because I met every one of my friends at MJKO… without sports I wouldn’t be the person I am today.” Another participant shared, “I think sports are great because it brings people together as one. It also makes people healthier. It’s just a fun thing to do.” Another youth shared, “I think sport is great because it allows people to be both social and keep fit/be active.” And, “boxing is great because we get to not only learn new techniques but we also meet new people and get motivated.”
Perhaps the best summary is a quote from this youth participant: “I wish people knew that MJKO isn’t just boxing – it’s opportunities.”
"MJKO is one of the biggest after-school programs that we participate in. Miranda - I mean, we've seen her work [and] it's definitely working. The things she does - it's phenomenal. The kids all respect her, and these are the kids that don't like police. They don't have respect for authority. But I see the same kids go to Miranda's class, and they're totally different kids. So, we participate, and those kids are starting to open up to us too. I guess using sports is one of the biggest ways to influence them, right. So, it's working really well for us too. That's why we really appreciate the partnership with MJKO"
- Toronto Police Services Officer
“Activities that many of our kids – they look forward to it. They build connections – they’re enjoying [them] – they’re active – they’re learning. It motivates many of our kids. They’re very excited by the program and they want to be in school that day. They’re actively involved, so there’s physical activity. With the [MJKO] leaders there are really good connections. [They’re] just good role models. The fact that MJKO brings in the police officers too – those are other solid connections and strong role models – adult role models. Those value pieces along with the physical activity, I mean, if they’re not with us at that after-school program often they’re just by themselves in the park or they’re at home watching TV. So I think it’s a fantastic program.”
-Toronto District School Board principal
Mentoring Juniors Kids Organization
MJKO is a charitable organization that promotes positive and healthy lifestyle choices through mentoring and leadership training. Our dream at MJKO is to create Community Champions by using the sport of non-contact boxing to get kids moving, thinking about healthy food choices, believing in impossible dreams and understanding the importance of volunteerism.