The National Football League (NFL) and United Way are kicking off their 46th year in partnership by making Character Playbook™, a digital resource educating students about healthy relationships, available to all U.S. schools free of charge. Designed for students in grades seven through nine, Character Playbook, developed and administered by digital education leader EVERFI, reports that over the past three years, nearly 500,000 middle school students have accessed the curriculum for personal development.
The course has also raised students' expectations about healthy relationship dynamics. Upon completion of the course, the majority of students say they feel prepared to play a positive role in their communities whether by stepping in to help someone who is being treated with disrespect or by taking an active role in conflict resolution. Additionally, schools that teach character education report higher academic performance, improved attendance, reduced violence, have fewer disciplinary issues, a reduction in substance abuse and less vandalism.