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Joerger, Jeans, and Jerseys


Sacramento Kings Coach Dave Joerger was the keynote speaker, sharing engaging stories with the crowd about his life and career at PCA-Sacramento’s Jeans & Jerseys Youth Sports Awards, Aug. 29 at Sacramento State.

As the Kings look to build and expand upon last year with a crop of young, exciting players, Joerger explained the importance of character and leadership at all levels of competition:

"It all boils down to character. Every individual has certain tools and talents, but what they do with those, and how they use those to help themselves and their team is what makes the difference. I’ll take a character guy any day. They are the ones that elevate the whole organization. They lead by example, and they are the type of players you can build a program around. Talent only gets you so far. Character makes you a leader."

Other event highlights included:

  • Cassie Hartley, cross-country and track & field coach at Spring View Middle School, received her 2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award in a ceremony that featured the Sacramento Republic Football Club’s Kevin Goldthwaite and Jeremy Hall.

  • Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarships presented by Whitey Gleason and Mark Kreidler (ESPN 1320 Radio’s the Rise Guys) to Shalyn Nguyen (Florin High School), Jack Ichord (Waterford High School), and Ana Jimenez (Lodi High School).

  • Introduction of PCA’s Triple-Impact Professional Award by MLB Legend Greg Vaughn, followed by Phil Oates presenting the honor to Taro Arai, philanthropist and a owner of Mikuni Sushi.

Reflecting on an event that raised more than $40,000 to support PCA-Sacramento developing Better Athletes, Better People, Chapter Executive Director Zach Streight said, “It was a great night because we were able to come together as a community to celebrate our important mission, and the impact people like Coach Hartley and Taro are having in the community. Everything we do is dependent on a team effort, so having so many community leaders and celebrities from Sacramento come to help spread the mission of PCA and raise money to keep the mission moving forward was very inspiring.” 

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