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Highlights from Chalk Talk Event Presented by Wells Fargo


“Inspiring” was the word many people used to express their experience at PCA-Portland’s first ever Chalk Talk Event presented by Wells Fargo.   The goal for the event was to help raise the banner for a Positive approach in sports by having professional athletes and coaches share their own stories. Over 200 people registered to attend the event, which was held at the historic McMenamin’s Mission Theater in downtown Portland.

Each of our speakers -- Lamar Hurd, Colleen Little, Ross Smith, Nick Carlin-Voigt and PCA Founder Jim Thompson -- shared their sports story and how it connects to character education. PCA-Portland thanks them for making the evening so memorable.  

The event also featured PCA-Portland Chapter Executive Director Benjamin Dudley presenting Margaret Koenig and John Arntson with plaques for their being named among the 50 national winners of PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® Award Presented by TeamSnap. “It was really an honor to have Margaret and John attend Chalk Talk,” Dudley said. “They both truly exemplify everything that PCA represents. Our goal was to champion people who are doing things the right way and by sharing these coaches’ stories, mission accomplished!”

Other Highlights:

  • KPTV’s Nick Krupke was on location to film a segment on Chalk Talk for Oregon Sports Final. View the segment here.
  • Makaena Durias opened the evening with songs you would hear at any ballpark on her ukulele. For more on Makaena, click here.
  • Wells Fargo Advisors Managing Director and PCA-Portland Board Member Kirk Mandlin inspired the audience by sharing why Wells Fargo supports PCA.

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