The Positive Coaching Alliance held its Positive Impact Awards on March 12, 2019, honoring the special work by individuals in youth community sports. PCA focuses its efforts on training coaches in all settings on how to reach life lessons through sports. PCA runs workshops that train coaches to encourage athletes and build them up as people, using the mantra “BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE.”
Set in the beautiful Chicago Sports Museum located in Harry Caray’s in Water Tower, Rob Johnson, from CBS Channel 2 served as the Master of Ceremonies.
Awards were handed up in three categories (listed below) and there is really a lot of impressive action being done by these honorees. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Alecia Ivery from Girls in the Game and later that night we found out that she had also won one of the national awards.
DOUBLE-GOAL COACH AWARD WINNERS
- ALECIA IVERY-Girls in the Game
- KAREN JUDGE-Glenbard West HS Women’s Field Hockey
- RICHARD WARE-Chicago Hoopz Squad
- ALMIR HOT-Team Evanston/Chicago Fire Juniors North Shore
- DULE RADOVANOVIC-Team Evanston/Chicago Fire Juniors North Shore
COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARDS
- Triple Impact Executive Award-CHARLIE BESSER, Intersport
- Excellence in Leadership-ISAIAH KACYVENSKI, Entrepreneur
TRIPLE-IMIPACT COMPETITOR SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
- Amber Bode, Glenbard West HS
- Julie Gawenda, Whitney Young HS
- Anna Guzman, Lake Zurich HS
- Grace Hahn, Geneva Community HS
- Curtis Johnson, Lindblom Math & Science Academy
- Sarah Moskow, Elgin High School
Overall, it was a great night enjoyed by over 150 people who came out to support PCA’s mission.
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit working to transform the culture of youth sports so every young athlete can have a positive, character building experience. PCA launched the Chicago Chapter in 2010 to further its mission of developing “Better Athletes, Better People across the region.