JEANS + JERSEYS: PCA’s Positive Impact Celebration is an evening to celebrate people who are making a real, lasting positive impact in sports, and in the world. Join us for a reception, dinner, and a fun and meaningful program. Wear jeans, and a jersey that means something to you and compete in our “best jersey” contest.
JEANS + JERSEYS is not just fun, it’s an opportunity to make a positive impact on kids in New England through your sponsorship, ticket purchases, donations, and/or auction purchases. Kids need sports now more than ever. Join us to help do sports right so kids develop the character, leadership, grit, resilience, compassion and so much more they need to thrive. Plus, you could bring home a unique sports experience or a jersey signed by one of our honorees or another beloved New England sports figures.
JEANS + JERSEYS is the first of our annual events, the second is our July 21, 2022 STADIUM STAMPEDE at FENWAY, a workout and celebration of sports done right. Our events raise awareness and funds to support impactful PCA programming
in communities throughout New England.
Our events raise awareness and funds to support impactful PCA programming in communities throughout New England.
Stephen Pagliuca makes a powerful, positive impact in critical areas of need from equity to vaccines and safe return to work, to Celtics United, PCA, and sports-based youth development building bridges and breaking down barriers. In this critical moment in time, Steve remains steadfast in his commitment to making the world better. Through his leadership and contributions to numerous valued institutions and organizations including MGH’s President’s Council, the Harvard Pagliuca Life Lab, Massachusetts High Tech Council, Duke University, the MSPCC, and more, Steve is making a positive impact every day. As an athlete, sports parent, youth coach, business leader, and philanthropist, Steve appreciates the power of sports done right to develop better people—better leaders, better contributors to society.
Marcus Smart has been bringing his passion, commitment, grit, and leadership to the Boston Celtics since he joined the team from Oklahoma State in 2014. Marcus has become the heart of the team through his relentless effort on and off the court. To guide, motivate, encourage, and empower inner-city student-athletes to be GameChangers in sports and in life, Marcus founded the YounGameChanger Foundation creating opportunities through education, sports and mentorships. He provides inspiration and life-changing experiences to pediatric cancer patients and their families, including through the donation of “Smart Carts” to pediatric units in Boston area hospitals. Marcus adds his thoughtful voice to the national reckoning on race and has earned praise for his
“This is not about basketball” video on The Player’s Tribune. Marcus’ motto? “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Gabby Thomas inspires. As an athlete, as a scholar, and as a person who speaks up, who cares, and who volunteers her time, Gabby sets a powerful example. When the pandemic delayed the Tokyo Olympics, Gabby chose to follow up her undergraduate work in neurobiology and global health with graduate work in epidemiology at UT Austin, while training with the Buford-Bailey Track Club and volunteering at a health clinic. Gabby is using her platform as a world-class professional athlete for good. She has raised funds and facilitated New Balance shoe donations to the clinic. Allyson Felix inspired Gabby’s running, and became her teammate; Harvard professor Evelynn Hammonds inspired Gabby’s study of health disparities, and Gabby could become her colleague one day. Gabby’s advice: “The most important thing is to believe in yourself and knows that you can do it.”
Our four Triple-Impact Scholarship Winners exemplify the ethos of Triple-Impact Competitors striving to make themselves, their teammates, and the game better. Kate, Rhode, Shea, and Ellie all hail from PCA partner programs and demonstrate the power of sports done right.