As the sun set on Dodger Stadium the night of Sept. 28, the stars came out…both in the sky and in the Stadium Club. There, our inaugural Positive Impact Awards featured ten stellar student-athletes accepting their Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarships and stirring speeches from other luminaries in the worlds of pro sports, broadcasting and youth service. The award winners were:
Leslic Diaz, Alliance Patti and Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy
Xavier Jackson, San Pedro High School
Jarret Lindsay, Bonita High School
Natalia Pacheco, Calexico High School
SaraJoy Salib, Venice High School
Olivia Sanderson, Royal High School
Kyle Schroeder, Murrieta Valley High School
Tyler Sweet, Bishop Amat Memorial High School
Lauren Tsuneishi, Redondo Union High School
Samantha Vasquez, Northridge Academy High School
Nearly 200 guests celebrated the impact PCA-Los Angeles has made in the Southern California youth and high school sports community. For example, the high school junior student-athletes who each won $2,000 scholarships demonstrated how they help PCA improve high school sports by making themselves, their teammate and the game better.
The inaugural Community Impact Award went to the LA84 Foundation for its incredible work extending the legacy of the 1984 Olympics by supporting youth sports across Southern California. PCA-Los Angeles is the “Official training Partner” of LA84 and has trained 1,200 coaches impacting 18,000 kids in LA84-supported programs this year. Accepting the Award and giving a stirring speech was LA84 President & CEO Renata Simril who quoted the Dodger great and social pioneer Jackie Robinson: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
Presenting the Community Impact Award to Renata and LA84 was PCA Founder and CEO Jim Thompson, who talked about athletes elevating their game and life. Fox Sports Soccer Commentator Stu Holden addressed the crowd with his experience learning from students, and former pro football player Marques Ogden revealed how he learned from mistakes.
Masters of Ceremonies Kelli Tennant (SportsNet LA host) and Marcellus Wiley (ESPN’s SportsNation host and PCA-LA Board Member) kept the crowd motivated, engaged and entertained. Kelli’s past college volleyball experience and Marcellus’ time in an NFL huddle were relatable and inspiring.
And of course, the highlight of the evening was hearing from scholarship winners Lauren Tsuneishi (basketball player at Redondo Union High School) and Xavier Jackson (track and field athlete at San Pedro High School), who memorably quoted his father’s socially unifying observation that “Until we all make it, we haven’t made it at all.”
PCA-Los Angeles is grateful to its Board, led by Board Chair Ellen Robbins, and our amazing sponsors for supporting the event and our mission to develop Better Athletes, Better People.
The Community Impact Award was presented to the LA84 Foundation.