Positive Coaching Alliance Positive Impact Awards-Chicago

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. 

Channel 2’s Rob Johnson serving as 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.


  • 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
Left to Right: Rob, Charlie, Isaiah


  • Triple Impact Executive Award-CHARLIE BESSER, Intersport
  • Excellence in Leadership-ISAIAH KACYVENSKI, Entrepreneur


  • 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.

About PCA

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.

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel is the Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. Roy has worked in the sports business world for over 20 years including serving as an instructor in Northwestern University's graduate Sports Management Program. Having served as a sports lawyer representing athletes, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Roy has extensive experience helping organizations improve their strategy, marketing, communications and leadership development.
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