Section: The Institute for Prevention News

Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention Offers Free, Five-Session Program on Parenting an Athlete


According to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), more than 21.5 million children between the ages of 6 and 17 played team sports in 2011. In an effort to help parents create positive sports experiences and athletic environments for children, the Brick Municipal Alliance, supported by Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention, a division of the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network, is offering a free, five-session Parenting an Athlete program, beginning Thursday, January 14 at 6 p.m. at the Brick Recreation Department.

Led by Mark Firth with Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention, Parenting an Athlete is a resiliency-based, parent skills training program for parents of children between the ages of 11 and 18 who are involved in sports or considering getting involved in sports.

Through Parenting an Athlete, parents will learn how to create a structure for positive communication, the importance of reinforcing a bond with their child and how to clarify their personal beliefs and values with regards to sports, substance abuse and life.

Parenting an Athlete runs from January 14 through February 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Brick Recreation Department, located at 270 Chambers Bridge Road. The program is free but a registration is required. Refreshments and weekly incentives will be provided.

For more information, email Emma Mammano, BMAC Coordinator, at To register online, visit at by January 8.

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