The Right Team

Presented by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office

What is The Right Team?

The TSSAA Right Team was established in 1996 to be a resource for schools in the following areas:

  • Student leadership development
  • Race relations
  • Alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention
  • Eating disorders/body image information
  • Conflict resolution/violence prevention
  • Sportsmanship and citizenship education

In the last ten years, the Right Team has directly reached about 300,000 students across the state of Tennessee. One of the most exciting programs offered to the schools through the TSSAA Right Team is the Magic of Stephen.

Stephen Bargatze, the Director of the Right Team, uses his magical talent to entertain students in assemblies, clubs or classrooms. Stephen has performed magic for over 40 years and has won numerous awards. Once he has earned the respect of the students through magic, Stephen has the opportunity to discuss the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, the importance of seat belts and the importance of following the rules of the road.

This year, Stephen will provide three programs to Tennessee schools. In the first program, Stephen emphasizes three points to the students which are to 1) respect their parents, 2) respect their teachers, and 3) respect themselves not to get involved with chemicals or activities that could harm them at school or on the road. This program focuses on students as individuals and the dangers of violence and reckless behavior at home, at school and on the road.

In the second program, The “Magic of Stephen” inspires adult audiences to never give-up on their students and to go the extra mile for every student. This is a great program for teacher in-service or professional development days.

The purpose of the third presentation discusses the dangers of drinking and driving and risky behaviors, but the primary focus will be on bullying.

The TSSAA Board of Control feels that the Right Team is one of the greatest programs ever provided by the TSSAA. There is currently a small fee charged to member schools utilizing the Magic of Stephen/Student Services program of $250 for one session and $300 for more than one session.

If you have any questions about the The Right Team and are interested in a visit to your school, please contact Courtney Brunetz.

Courtney Brunetz,
Right Team Coordinator

Office: (423) 624-0762
Fax: (423) 622-5693
Email: cbrunetz@tssaa.org