“Diversity allows different views, different mindsets and different aspects and experiences to come in to one for the greater good of the team.”
Diversity wins. That was the message from Coach Jennifer King to the global Special Olympics movement during the lead-up to International Women’s Day 2021. Assistant Running Backs Coach with the Washington Football Team, King is the first African American woman to serve as an assistant coach in the NFL.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Choose to Challenge. Special Olympics has been challenging inequality for over 50 years, and Coach King has proven that challenging expectations can create inclusion.
King’s advice for coaches to create inclusive teams? Think of yourself as a teacher, tailor the way you communicate, and don’t forget to enjoy it.