Episode 12 Youth Sport Podcast: Bridget Durkan Laird

Youth Sport Podcast

Episode 12

Bridget Durkan Laird

Bridget Durkan Laird is the CEO of an amazing program for at risk kids called “Wings for Kids”

On this episode of The Youth Sport Podcast we explore Social and Emotional Learning as a way to help kids find success in life!

Bridget was an NCAA Division 1 starter and captain of her North Carolina State Women’s Soccer team. Bridget has learned many tools from her athletic years that she applies to the work that she does today.

I would love for you to have a listen so that you have a chance to learn what Social and Emotion learning is, and how you can use it to make a huge impact with kids today!

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Here’s what Bridget and I talk about:

  • What to do with a hyperactive kid
  • Playing Division 1 NCAA Soccer
  • Proving to be a value on the team
  • Playing out of position to help the team
  • Building each team member up in order to make the whole team better
  • Putting in the work to eventually become captain
  • Having humility on teams
  • Social and Emotional learning
  • After school program to help kids in poverty
  • What we can learn from this program
  • Focus on strengths in order to excel, recognize weakness’ to get better
  • Helping create opportunities to thrive in life and see that it’s possible with the right role models
  • How sports skills help in running a business
  • Creating the right environment to thrive- create the culture
  • How negative coaching can crush a kid
  • Finding patience
  • Empathy training
  • “Give a choice” to help. Let kids feel like they’re in control
  • “Be that one person that everyone can trust within the room”
  • Adults could benefit from thinking about social and emotional skills right from the beginning
  • “I’m fine, I grew up that way, why would I treat the kids any different”. Research shows that there’s great ways to coach, and change is ok.
  • Equality vs Equity
  • Success stories from the WINGS program
  • You get back what you put in!
  • How a coach can simply and easily implement social and emotional learning with their athletes.


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