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 five years, the Right Team has directly reached about 250,000 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 25 years and has won numerous awards in magic including three time world of wizards champion, Southeastern Association Magician of the year, Midwest Association Magician of the year, and the International Brotherhood of Magicians Close-up Champion.

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.

In the second program, Stephen illustrates the importance of teamwork and citizenship. This program focuses on students as individuals and the dangers of violence and reckless behavior at home, at school and on the road. The "Magic of Stephen" also makes presentations for adult audiences delivered at conferences for school personnel and parents.

The purpose of the third presentation is to 1) to educate teachers as to their important role in preventing the targeted youth problem behaviors, 2) to promote the Right Team prevention efforts and 3) to promote TSSAA’s mission of encouraging and enhancing sportsmanship and citizenship in the area of athletics and academics.

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 $200 for one session and $250 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