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PCA-Tampa Bay Announces Qualifiers for 2019 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Presented by Sagicor


Congratulations to twenty-six (26) local student-athletes who embody the Triple-Impact Competitor® model of making themselves, their teammates and their sport better!

Tampa— Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay – the local chapter of the national non-profit Positive Coaching Alliance that develops “Better Athletes, Better People” through youth and high school sports – has named 26 Tampa Bay-area student-athletes from the high school class of 2019 as Qualifiers for the Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Awards Presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company.

"We are pleased that Sagicor Life has agreed to sponsor our scholarship program for a third straight year. Their continued commitment will directly benefit student-athletes by fully underwriting the scholarships we plan to present at our awards ceremony in Spring 2019,” said PCA-Tampa Bay Chapter Executive Director Mark Sakalosky. “Thanks to the generous support of Sagicor, by the end of this school year, PCA-Tampa Bay will have awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to deserving high school student-athletes since 2014.”

“This year’s Qualifiers for the Sagicor Life Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Awards continue to reflect the amazing student-athletes and youth that we have in the Tampa Bay community,” said Bart Catmull, President, Sagicor Life Insurance Company.  “We are pleased to recognize them for the leaders they are in their sports and schools and hope they will serve as role models for student-athletes of all ages. On behalf of Sagicor Life Insurance Company, congratulations!”

Meet PCA-Tampa Bay's 2019 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Qualifiers

Voting Open Now

Estefania Acosta – Land O’ Lakes High School

Riddhi Banerjee – Steinbrenner High School

Cody Brown – Sickles High School

Blakely Byrd – Academy of the Holy Names

Rebekah Clark – Strawberry Crest High School

Carly Day – Plant City High School

Gabrielle Dituri – H.B. Plant High School

Kelsey Epstein – H. B. Plant High School

Ezekiel FaulknorClermont FC Soccer Club

Shea Forgas – Sunlake High School

Khadesha Galloway – Armwood High School

Elijah Gelongo – Southeast High School

Alyssa GennaroClearwater Lady Bombers

Rachel Hendry – T.R. Robinson High School

Jenna Horan – Howard W. Blake High School

Cameron Kitchiner – Newsome High School

Lindsay LarisaFlorida Kraze Krush Soccer Club

Melinda Lu – Berkeley Preparatory School

Jameson Miller – Steinbrenner High School

Sammy Punt – First Academy of Leesburg

Amanda Reeter – Bishop Verot Catholic High School

Sydney Rintoul – Newsome High School

Claire SattlerSouthwest Florida Jr. Golf Association

Alexis Schwab – Lakewood Ranch High School

Gianna Wegman – All Saints Academy

Zachary WhiteTampa Bay Brawlers Wrestling Club

PCA nationally received over 3,000 applications for Triple-Impact Competitor scholarships from the Class of 2019. The PCA-Tampa Bay finalists will be interviewed by members of a selection committee, an experience that in-and-of-itself helps prepare the candidates for life beyond their sports endeavors. Scholarship winners will be named at a Tampa Bay Rays game in the 2019 season.

About Sagicor Life Insurance Company

Sagicor Life Insurance Company (Sagicor) is a full-service life insurance company that is licensed in 45 states, plus the District of Columbia. Sagicor is rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company (4thbest out of 16 possible ratings).

Sagicor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited (SFC). Founded in 1840, it is one of the oldest insurance groups in the Americas, with operations in 22 countries mainly in the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean. Sagicor is committed to offering customers world-class service with integrity and value.

Contact for Sagicor Life Insurance Company

Katie Owens 
Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications
813-287-1602 ext. 6205

About Positive Coaching Alliance and PCA-Tampa Bay

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators, and student-athletes. In addition to 1,700+ free audio-video and printable tips and tools at, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.

PCA-Tampa Bay launched in 2014 with financial support from the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Triad Foundation and a Chapter Board comprised of sports, business and civic leaders from throughout the Tampa Bay community. The local chapter makes a positive impact on student-athletes through strong relationships with the largest public school systems in the Tampa Bay region.

PCA resources, which have reached more than 8.6 million youth, strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development Zone® culture, where the goal is to develop BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE so the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

  • The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports
  • The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
  • The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, and many other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics who share PCA’s mission.

Contact for Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay:
Mason Cathey
Executive Director

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