A growing body of research documents the positive health and mental health benefits of participating in organized sports and recreation. While much of the current research is focused on youth participation in sports, there is also evidence of how participation in sports can benefit people across the life span and from different ethnic and socioeconomic groups. This
workshop will examine how social work values, concepts, and interventions on both the micro and macro levels can enhance sport activities. Specific strategies such as strength-based coaching, team-building, conflict resolution, family collaboration,
diversity training, community engagement, advocacy and policy development will be discussed. Model interdisciplinary programs that serve at-risk youth, older adults, individuals with disabilities and other special populations will be highlighted.