PHOENIX – PCA-Arizona announced today that they are the recipient of a $15,000 grant from Phoenix Suns Charities. The grant will ensure that all Jr. Suns coaches are Double-Goal Coach® Certified with a PCA workshop designed to educate coaches on finding the perfect balance between a focus on winning and teaching valuable life lessons through sports.
"We are extremely grateful that the Phoenix Suns Organization is committed to supporting PCA to provide the youth sports coaches of Arizona with essential training that will help form the foundation of creating Better Athletes, Better People," said Rich Tomey, Chapter Executive Director. “The opportunity to host live workshops across the state through the Jr. Suns Program is going to make a large impact on the youth basketball community, and will continue to bear fruit for many years to come as these athletes develop.”
For more than 14 years Jr. Suns and Jr. Mercury leagues have been providing kids with the opportunity to learn what it takes to win both on and off the court. The leagues emphasize fun while encouraging fundamental skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship, positive adult participation and community involvement.
“PCA-Arizona fosters the same kind of positive environment on and off the court that we talk about often at the Phoenix Suns,” said PCA-Arizona Board Member and Suns Vice President, Communications, Casey Taggatz. “We’re proud to support organizations like this who are using youth sports as a springboard for developing the next generation of great leaders and athletes in our community.”
The partnership launched this month and will continue throughout the 2018 basketball season for Jr. Suns & Jr. Mercury programs, including at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs across the state.
About Phoenix Suns Charities
This season, Phoenix Suns Charities is celebrating 30 years of giving back through its mission of supporting children and family services throughout Arizona. Since its inception in 1988, Phoenix Suns Charities has distributed more than $20 million to local non-profits and organizations in need and the entire Suns organization has embedded itself locally by supporting community efforts through hundreds of player appearances and thousands of volunteer hours by Suns players and staff.
For more information about Phoenix Suns Charities, visit www.sunscharities.com or call 602-379-7767.