With youth sports seemingly getting out of control with players and officiating abuse, Jim Thompson decided to create the Positive Coaching Alliance in 1998. The PCA is a national non-profit organization designed to facilitate a positive, character-building youth sports environment.
Soccer legend, Julie Foudy, who received the Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement from the PCA in 2019, is a big fan of the organization.
“The Positive Coaching Alliance is so important,” Foudy told GoodSport. “Every kid looks to their coach for guidance and they want the experience to be fun and positive and happy. If you give them a coach who can teach the right way, the kids are going to stay in sports and that’s what we all want to see.”
GoodSport has partnered with the PCA to produce videos on athletes who have won the Triple-Impact award, one given to those who excel in the classroom, in sports, and in the community.
In addition, GoodSport also produces videos on coaches who capture the Double-Goal award, presented to high school coaches who not only win, but teach their athletes how to play the games the right way through sportsmanship.
Gary Bettman, the NHL Commissioner who was the featured speaker for a PCA event in 2018, gives the Positive Coaching Alliance high marks for all they do in trying to do sports the right way.
“We are proud of the fact that hockey as a sport teaches life’s lessons,” Bettman told GoodSport. “It gives young people the opportunity to get good values from the sport. And when we can connect with an organization like the Positive Coaching Alliance it just reinforces that message.”
The Positive Coaching Alliance – better athletes, better people.
Photo Credit courtesy of the Positive Coaching Alliance