09.27.2017 Have The Conversation
At PCA’s National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Auction Presented by Deloitte, Billie Jean King (left), winner of the Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement, is interviewed by Julie Foudy.
PCA’s Tina Syer (second from right) with (from left) FOX Sports’ Maddie Bozarth, and MCs from FOX Sports, Joel Klatt and Molly McGrath.
FOX Sports’ Molly McGrath (far right) moderates a panel discussion among winners of PCA’s Double-Goal Coach Award Presented by TeamSnap.
Christie Smith of event sponsor Deloitte explains how and why the company has supported PCA so well for so long.
TeamSnap’s Ken McDonald professes his company’s continued support for PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® Award Presented by TeamSnap.
Billie Jean King closes the show with student-athletes helping her serve autographed tennis balls to the PCA supporters in attendance.
“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.
Below are the tribute videos made for our four onstage Double-Goal Coach Award winners.