(June 6, 2016) – Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) -- a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through sports -- will team up to “Honor the Game” with the Boston Breakers on Friday, June 10 at their match against the Washington Spirit at Harvard’s Jordan Stadium.
“Honoring the Game is one of the key principles PCA introduces in our workshops for coaches, student-athletes, administrators, and parents throughout New England,” said Beth O’Neill Maloney, Chapter Executive Director of PCA-New England. “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to share this message with Breakers fans.”
PCA will recognize three Massachusetts soccer coaches who have received the PCA-New England Double-Goal Coach® Award, so named for coaches who pursue winning and the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.
Kate Casey, Abington High School, Abington MA. O’Neill Maloney describes Coach Casey as “more than the Abington high school soccer coach, Coach Casey is her players’ most valuable role model.” Coach Casey emphasizes the importance of hard work and uses soccer to teach life lessons. To help her players reach their shared goal, a playoff berth, she encouraged all of them to tape a motivational quote and symbol on their shin guards to help them focus on working as a team.
Kayla Grover, Pentucket Regional High School, Newbury MA. Maloney reports that “Coach Grover is a positive, reassuring mentor.” Coach Grover earns high praise for her ability to connect with each of her players individually, and, most importantly, respectfully.
Taharri Turner, Lilla G. Frederick Pilot MS, Boston Public Schools and America SCORES, Boston. Coach Turner is both a high school basketball coach in the Boston public schools, and a soccer coach for America Scores, a nonprofit that serves some 1200 youth in Boston with afterschool soccer, poetry, literacy, and financial literacy education. Maloney reports that “Coach Turner receives high praise as a powerful, positive role model, who coaches respect, academics, health, and planning for the future, and who does it all jovially.”
PCA will also recognize two players in the NWSL match who demonstrate character, sportsmanship, and a commitment to honoring the game. PCA and members of its Associate Board will be on hand to talk to Breakers fans about how to create a positive sports culture at their schools and in their youth soccer organizations.
About Positive Coaching Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. In addition to 1,000+ free audio-video and printable tips and tools at www.PCADevZone.org, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.
PCA resources, which have reached more than 8.6 million youth, strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development ZoneTM culture, where the goal is to develop Better Athletes, Better People and the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:
• The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports
• The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
• The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.
PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, and many other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics who share PCA’s mission.