Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten Teams Up with Texas Council on Family Violence & Tarrant County High Schools to Prevent Domestic Abuse

Witten’s SCORE Foundation Funds “Coaching Boys into Men” Program to Educate Coaches & Athletes


Arlington, Texas — April 1, 2010 – The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) is partnering with Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation and SafeHaven of Tarrant County to fund the domestic violence prevention program “Coaching Boys Into Men.”

“Jason is a powerful role model for young athletes and coaches. He understands the role coaches have in instilling character principles in their programs and the effectiveness of positive coaching on young people. What a valuable way to teach young athletes about healthy and respectful relationships,” said Gloria A. Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence.

Prevention specialists with the Texas Council on Family Violence and SafeHaven are training coaches from the Arlington and Birdville Independent School Districts and introducing them to the Coaching Boys Into Men Playbook and Coaching Cards.

“Coaches have a powerful influence on teenage boys’ lives,” said I.C. Little, Athletic Director for the Arlington ISD. “Giving coaches the appropriate information to interact with students who may be impacted by domestic violence is a powerful way to teach boys positive male behavior.”

Pro Bowl Tight End Witten witnessed family violence as a child. He started the SCORE Foundation to work with families in crisis. “People forget how prevalent domestic violence is and how it affects society, families and children. I am pleased to do my part to break the cycle of violence in our families in the future,” said Jason Witten.

Texas Council on Family Violence is a statewide organization representing a network of domestic violence programs that provide direct services to victims and their families, and serves as the voice of victims at the state level while working with local communities to create strategies to prevent family violence. Visit us online at http://www.tcfv.org/