Verona High School Partners with Positive Coaching Alliance
to Benefit Student Athletes
Verona High School has established a 3 year partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience.
The partnership provides Verona High School access to PCA’s training for coaches, sports parents, student-athletes and administrators, comprising live group workshops, online courses, books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson and additional online resources, such as e-mailed follow-up tips and reminders.
PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools, districts, conferences, youth sports organizations and park and recreation departments to create a Development Zone culture, where the goal is using youth and high school sports to develop Better Athletes, Better People. Thompson said, “We look forward to working with Verona High School to create the best possible experience for the student-athletes. Our research-based materials combine the latest in sports psychology, education and practical advice from top pro and college coaches and athletes that help improve athletic performance while also ensuring kids take life lessons from sports that will help them throughout the rest of their lives.”
Bob Merkler, Director of Athletics at Verona High School, said, “We are very excited to partner with Positive Coaching Alliance in order to help provide our coaching staff, student-athletes, and parents the tools to help develop programs that are suitable for Verona High School. Our job is to provide an amazing educational and athletic experience to our student-athletes who work so hard year round to perfect their craft. By providing the life lessons that are so valuable in athletics, we believe we can help them acquire the tools and traits that will help them to be successful adults.” The workshops are scheduled to begin June 7, 2018.
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 more than 1,800 free multimedia tips and tools at www.PCADevZone.org, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, along with 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 Zone® 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.
For more information about the Verona Public Schools, please visit www.veronaschools.org
Positive Coaching Alliance Contact:
Emily Archibald, M.Ed, PCA New York