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2016 National Youth Sports Awards

04.21.2016

“Best ever” was on the tips of tongues and tops of minds of those who attended PCA’s 15th Annual National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Auction Presented by Deloitte. Our organization’s largest fundraising event garnered more than half a million dollars to fuel the PCA Movement and provided inspiration to generations.

A signature moment in that inspiration was Billie Jean King accepting PCA’s highest honor, the Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement. Billie Jean’s role as one of the most empowering social pioneers in sports history came through loud and clear in her interview with Julie Foudy—the World Cup and Olympic Soccer Champion and PCA National Advisory Board Member whose own social activism King inspired and mentored.

It was serious stuff that moved a crowd of 500 coaches, sports parents, student-athletes and PCA supporters to better understand the power of sport and renew commitments to change youth sports for the better. But, just to prove there is still plenty of fun and games and sheer joy in sport, Billie Jean closed the show with her trademark whacking of autographed tennis balls from stage to crowd before snaking through the frenzied attendees to the strains of “Philadelphia Freedom,” which Elton John penned in her honor.



Other highlights:

 

See all the pictures from the night

Below are the tribute videos made for our four onstage Double-Goal Coach Award winners.

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