40 Red Dash


With so much attention around being Green, students often feel they can’t ever have Red moments. The truth is, Red is a real emotion and there will be times students may feel frustrated, annoyed, bothered, etc., students need to know that’s normal but also understand how to respond in their red moments.

  • Students will learn the difference between someone who is “Red” vs someone who is “Green” having a “Red” moment. There’s a difference
  • Students will gain a perspective shift on how to respond to adversity or various Red moments
  • The students will begin the process of improving their Run from Red speed (their bounce-back speed). Because everyone has “Red” moments, Green leaders just bounce back quicker
"This was such an important lesson and discussion for me. Our team spends so much time talking about green, I began to feel pressure that showing up green was the only emotion I could display. I felt I couldn’t be myself at times when I began to feel traits other than green traits. Understanding how to be red, manage red and respond to red, helped me so much."
College Freshmen Women’s Basketball Guard

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Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • Green leaders may experience red moments, but they don’t _______.
  • What are the four major identifiers that help us identify if a Green classmate is simply having a red moment?
  • What does it mean to feel convicted?
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Coaches, use the below question, reflection, and action to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in the lessons learned in this exercise.

Suggestions on how to use: Email to parents the day you have taught this lesson, add it to the materials you send home, or text it to text message threads with your players.

  • Question: Is it ever okay to be red?
  • Reflection: How long does it usually take you to move on from a red moment and back into the green?
  • Action: What will you do this week to build up your Run from Red 40-yard dash time?
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Teacher Reflection

Take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your students. 

In your role as a teacher, how long does it typically take you to move on from a red moment? What helps you to move on and back into the green? Think about sharing your experiences with your students this week. It will help them relate to you and see that we all have red moments throughout life, but we can choose to live in the green.
Special Assignment

Special Assignment

Adversity Olympics: Organize a series of mini "Olympic" challenges in the classroom or outdoor setting that simulate different types of adversity. For example, create a problem-solving challenge, a teamwork obstacle course, or a creativity challenge. Students can compete individually or in teams to showcase their ability to respond effectively to adversity.