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As a CEO of a large sports organization, it’s important for me to have access to consultants who are trustworthy and knowledgeable. With an increasingly complex environment, we rely on advisors who can help us mitigate risks, make smart legal decisions, communicate intentionally, and govern responsibly. The team at Sport Law has been among those trusted partners who understand sport and more importantly care about our well-being. I’m glad I have them to turn to for advice and support.
“What separates Sport Law from others is the people. As we engage with the team on a range of projects from legal counsel & guidance, to crisis communication advisement to policy development to strategy work, no matter what it is, we immediately feel like they have joined our team and have been part of us from the beginning. Sport Law understands sport, they understand sport organizations & the people who give so much of themselves to their sport. We are becoming a better National Sport Organization because we have an extended Rugby Canada’s team to include the team at Sport Law.”
The team at Sport Law has been a trusted partner on several important CCES projects. From enhancing the capacity of sport leaders to better mitigate and manage risks to supporting governance literacy, we know our collaboration is supporting sport leaders who want humanistic and values-based leadership practices they can trust.
"The team at Sport Law worked with my teammates and I to figure out who we would become after our playing careers. They helped us find our identities and worked with us to become better versions of ourselves post our athletic careers. What you get with Sport Law is not people looking to fulfill a contract. They offer a human touch to help others figure out who they are and how they can fulfill their dreams. When you have people who can step up and be that guide for you, I'm telling you that's priceless … and that's exactly what they did for us. Sport Law helped us with our first step and the direction we needed to go, and we'll be forever indebted to them for that."
Leaders in sport need trusted and credible consultants to turn to for legal and leadership support. I am grateful that we have the team at Sport Law to collaborate with on governance, legal, risk management and leadership development to enhance our work.
“We have worked with Sport Law for over a decade and have come to rely on them for all of our legal needs. Over time we have grown to use their expanding services in the areas of communications, integral coaching, crisis management, and so much more. When the Danforth shooting occurred a few years back and one of our young athletes was killed, we turned immediately to our friends at Sport Law to help us through our darkest of days. They were our companions throughout the entire ordeal helping us communicate to our members, support the clubs, connect with the affected families and ensure we were able to work through this as a small and connected organization. I don’t know how we would have made it through that time without the support from our friends at Sport Law. They are now an integral part of our team and we rely on them for support on all kinds of projects. It’s comforting to know we can turn to trusted partners like Sport Law to do great work and who do so with a sense of humility, humanity and humour. It’s a tremendous partnership that we are really proud of.”
Grief is our normal and natural response to loss. Given the mammoth amount of loss in the sport sector, leaders need to understand and better relate to the deep sorrow that they may experience or to better accompany those that are suffering.
Why is becoming grief and loss literate so important for sport leaders, coaches and athletes? Our current culture is grief-phobic and loss-denying. We do not encourage people to recognize, honour, and express their grief. Too often, athletes, coaches and leaders are encouraged, nay rewarded, for staying stay strong, being stoic, and focusing on the future. This can leave people feeling disenfranchised and needlessly isolated which in turn can lead to unnecessary anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and burn-out. We must do better.
Have a listen to Players’ Own Voice Anastasia Bucsis and Sport Law Partner Dina Bell-Laroche as they explore unexpressed grief and how losses accumulate over their career, creating unnecessary burden and pain.
To better support the sport sector, Dina has been offering this workshop since 2021 with a view of equipping sport leaders with grief and loss essentials. Previous participants have walked away feeling inspired, motivated to address some of the many ways we are denying our pain, and put in place measures to proactively address systemic inequities that contribute to unnecessary suffering.
The workshop will run from 9am-5pm EST on ZOOM, on Tuesday, February 28.
Please note the registration fee for this event is $495 + HST.
To register, click here.
For more information on the workshop, please contact Dina Bell-Laroche at DBLaroche@sportlaw.ca