Athletes & Athletic Teams
Today’s athletes face tremendous pressure to excel physically, academically, and as role models in the community. This pressure often leads to frustration, anger, violence, abuse, self-doubt, alcoholism, drug addiction, inability to study, and negative outlets for stress.
“Many student athletes come from broken homes, have absent parents, are raised in poverty, and exposed to violence. In fact, according to a study conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Northeastern University, where they studied ten major universities between 1991 and 1993, student athletes only made up 3.3% of the student body, but were responsible for 19% of reported assaults on women1.” In fact, in 2012 the NCAA itself published the Social Environments Study that found that while student-athletes were predictably more inclined to view aggression as a positive trait, “…being athletically aggressive may be entwined with unethical decision-making.” [http://www.ncaa.org/health-and-safety/sport-science-institute/mind-body-and-sport-interpersonal-violence-and-student-athlete-population]
The Uncommon Results Athletic Program is designed to make a difference with athletes both on and off the field. Our program is designed to motivate players to set and achieve goals far beyond their current reality. We challenge players to be better athletes and better human beings.
Outcomes of team participation in this training include:
- better season records
- improved team morale
- team cohesiveness
- team support
- increased individual commitment
- more enthusiasm and positive attitudes
- reduction in missed practices
- increased attendance of classes
- new excitement towards learning
- championship attitudes
- decreased violence
- increased self-esteem
Then there are the results that won’t be as obvious, better communication with loved ones, lighter tempers, more self-control, and an understanding of consequences and ramifications which will insure better decision making skills.
Uncommon Results Athletic Program is also successful because we deal with all of the baggage that the players bring with them. Many student athletes come from broken homes, have absent parents, are raised in poverty, and exposed to violence. In fact, according to a study at University of Massachusetts and Northeastern University, where they studied ten major universities between 1991 and 1993, student athletes only made up 3.3% of the student body, but were responsible for 19% of reported assaults on women.
1. Crosset, Todd, Jeffrey Benedict, and Mark McDonald (1995) “Male Student-Athletes Reported for Sexual Assault: A Survey of Campus Police Departments and Judicial Affairs.” Journal of Sport and Social Issues 19:126-140.
For the first time Mark is working professionally in our Country and our culture. I am amazed about the way he worked together with us to find the best way of delivering the course, his listening and openness towards us and our culture.
We have been exceptionally pleased with the work done by the team of Uncommon Results. They were completely professional and reliable, and they delivered amazing results both with the young people who participated in the programs and the adults who they trained to be volunteers.
The name ‘Uncommon Results’ underestimates the enormous impact which this company has had in the UK, Holland and Northern Ireland . . . . The unique combination of powerful training, creating dynamic teamwork and achieving high quality results in both the Public, Not For Profit and Corporate sectors has been, and will continue to be the basis of our contracting this firm. Those considering personal development in any of the domains mentioned should in my opinion, consider contracting Uncommon Results.
Like a great coach, Mark Charley is able to inspire individuals and teams to see and use effectively talent and ability they didn’t know they have. He uniquely combines toughness, experience, creativity, and humanity into a winning formula. Not only are teams more successful after working with Mark, he has a lifelong impact on the people he works with.
I have been in the Prison Service for almost 25 years and I have never seen an intervention which has such a profound effect on so many people in such a short time. The people I refer to are not just the prisoner participants but also my staff.
The event had not only given the participants a massive boost but had significantly helped the Institute as a whole in terms of staff morale and the general atmosphere. Due primarily to the timing but also lingering concerns about just how far the cultural change process had gone, I was prepared if not for the worse at least that the course had been perhaps a qualified or modest success. I was genuinely taken aback by the extent and depth of the response which I encountered at so many different levels, I do not mind admitting that it was very uplifting for me personally.
Your style made it easy to tune into the sense of what you were saying and the exercises really reinforced the learning. We still make reference to effective listening and remind ourselves of the need to be aware when our attention wanders. The sales consultants have found that by being aware of how to listen more effectively to clients they are having a better understanding of what the clients need. They now seldom take notes at a meeting but find that because they have really listened during the meeting they are able to write up a note of the meeting afterwards and recall completely what was said.
His honesty and sincere approach to tackling social injustices has been the cornerstone of all his professional endeavors. Mr. Charley possesses powerful and dynamic leadership qualities. He is unique in his ability to motivate individuals and large groups. He is willing to ask hard questions where people have been stuck, and support them in finding answers.
Uncommon Results has no difficulty transcending the cultural divide between the U.S.A. and U.K. They were able to relate powerfully to all of our staff as well as the undergraduates. Having experienced it we have no doubt about its values, both for the undergraduates and the staff teams. The success of the program and its impact on all of us is owed a great deal to the interpersonal skills employed by Uncommon Results.
For more than ten years I have personally been committed to bringing Uncommon Results to Bermuda and it has been worth all of the time, effort, and they produce phenomenal results. Mark Charley and his team have created a target for our efforts to address critical problems of youth alienation and the development of highly effective responses to it.