Win With Integrity
In 2004, USATF and Team USA athletes initiated an outreach program that was aimed at educating youth, parents, educators, and coaches about the positive results that come from leading a physically active, drug-free lifestyle while living with integrity. Track & Field champions from every discipline visited schools and community centers all over the country to work directly with young people. Since then, the Win With Integrity program has evolved from a start-up program into one of USA Track & Field's most successful initiatives.
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The Win With Integrity program includes the introduction of the participating athletes by a USATF emcee, who also provides background on the goals and themes of USA Track & Field and of Win With Integrity, stressing the importance of active, drug-free lifestyles and good decision-making. The USATF Year-in-Review Video is then played, providing visual motivation for the students and displaying the excitement of our sport and athletes. Following the video, athletes engage in an interactive question-and-answer session with students, focusing on the key themes of good sportsmanship, the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, and the need to avoid drugs. The program concludes with the recitation of the Win With Integrity program pledge (see below) and an athlete autograph session.
When available, the program is held inside an auditorium, where a Win With Integrity program banner is displayed across the stage. As students file into the auditorium, they are handed a Win With Integrity pledge card. At the end of the program, participants recite a pledge indicating their commitment to be active and drug-free. USATF staff scripts the program and suggests athlete talking points based on feedback from local educators and the Win With Integrity pledge.
The "Win With Integrity" Pledge
I pledge to make good decisions in my life.
I will be an enthusiastic and positive person.
I will live with integrity every day;
I will lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
I will take pride in my successes on the playing field and in the classroom;
I will be honest and drug-free, knowing cheaters never win.
I am a Champion!
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For more information on the Win With Integrity program, e-mail Susan Hazzard.