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November 27, 2012
By Stephen DeSchryver of Overland High School



Ron Garcia y Ortiz                                               David Jacobson, Positive Coaching Alliance

720-747-3710                                                        650-210-0808

rgarciayortiz@cherrycreekschools.org                 david_jacobson@positivecoach.org         


For Immediate Release


Overland high school partners with positive coaching alliance

Focuses on winning and life lessons for youth athletes


November 27, 2012, Aurora, Colorado– Overland has established a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to ensure a positive, character-building experience for all student-athletes in Overland Athletic programs. PCA (www.PositiveCoach.org), a Stanford University-based non-profit organization, conducts workshops for coaches, organizational leaders, and parents involved in schools and sports organizations serving high school student- athletes.


“Working with hundreds of youth sports organizations around the United States, PCA has developed practical tools and guidelines to help student-athletes, their coaches and parents get the most out of sports,” said Ron Garcia y Ortiz, Athletic Director, Overland High School. “We recognize the tremendous opportunity for character-building sports offers for today’s youth, so we are embracing PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® model, where winning is one goal and teaching life lessons is the second, more-important goal.”


“We are delighted to partner with Overland High School,” said PCA Executive Director Jim Thompson. “Together, we’ll strive to help their youth athletes take a positive approach to pursuing victories in athletic competition and in life.”


PCA workshops have already begun for Overland Coaches and members of the Overland Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT).  For information about upcoming parent workshop dates and locations, please contact Marnie Billstone, Overland Athletic Assistant at 720-747-3614.



About Positive Coaching Alliance

Founded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. To that end, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 675,000 youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders. Through workshops and companion online courses, PCA has impacted more than 4.5 million youth.

PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2012, PCA will conduct roughly 1,200 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting tens of thousands of other individuals via online courses at www.PositiveCoach.org.


PCA workshops and courses strive to establish these prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

  • The Double-Goal Coach®, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is 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 has the support of elite coaches and athletes on a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson.


For more information about Overland High School, please visit http://www.cherrycreekschools.org/Schools/Overland/Pages/default.aspx.


Or for more information on Overland Athletics, please visit http://www.ihigh.com/overland

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