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"Game Changer Awards and Benefit" Presented by Levi's®
Airing Thursday, April 4 at 9 P.M. on NBC Sports Bay Area

Golden State Warriors Guard Gary Payton II, Former San Francisco Giants Pitcher Matt Cain, Bay FC General Manager Lucy Rushton, Former Oakland A's Pitcher Dallas Braden, and San Francisco 49ers Safety Logan Ryan Will Honor Their Coaches and Mentors

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 12, 2024 – Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and NBC Sports Bay Area announced the annual Game Changer Awards and Benefit, presented by Levi's®, airing Thursday, April 4 at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area. All proceeds from the Game Changer Awards and Benefit will support PCA's mission to change the culture of youth sports so that every child, regardless of social or economic circumstance, has access to a positive youth sports experience.

Set to take place at Chase Center in San Francisco on Thursday, March 21, the ceremony will showcase prominent Bay Area professional athletes as they pay tribute to the influential coaches who have shaped their lives and the community. The distinguished presenters include:

  • Gary Payton II, Golden State Warriors guard and NBA champion, will honor AAU coach Darrel Jordan;
  • Matt Cain, former San Francisco Giants pitcher and two-time World Series champion, will pay homage to pitching coach Mauro Gozzo;
  • Lucy Rushton, Bay FC General Manager, will extend appreciation to former Reading FC manager Brian McDermott;
  • Dallas Braden, former Oakland A's pitcher and current A's analyst, will recognize Stagg High School coach Frank Wanner;
  • Logan Ryan, San Francisco 49ers safety and two-time Super Bowl champion, will acknowledge Jersey Pines Youth Football coach Mike McGough.

In addition to these highlights, PCA will recognize the 2024 Coach of the Year, presented by TeamSnap, honoring Coach Marques Lowe of the Vipers Track Club in Champaign/Kankakee, Illinois.

For ticket purchases to the Game Changer Awards and Benefit, please visit here.

The annual Game Changer Awards and Benefit will be hosted by NBC Bay Area's Warriors pre- and postgame host Bonta Hill alongside former captain of the U.S. women's national soccer team and national broadcaster Julie Foudy.

Following its debut broadcast (Thursday, April 4 at 9 p.m.), additional air dates and times for the Game Changer Awards and Benefit can be found on

"The annual Game Changers Awards and Benefit helps highlight the many benefits of a positive youth sports experience with a coach who inspires them to become the best version of themselves in the game and in life," said Janet Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Positive Coaching Alliance.

"We're honored to partner with Positive Coaching Alliance for the annual Game Changer Awards and Benefit, highlighting the transformative influence of coaches and mentors on young athletes," said Matt Murphy, President and General Manager of NBC Sports Bay Area/California. "We firmly believe in nurturing our youth through mentorship, shaping not just athletes but also resilient individuals equipped for life's hurdles. This event reaffirms our dedication to fostering a positive youth sports culture, ensuring every child can flourish and triumph. A special thank you to Levi's and our team partners for their unwavering support, making this celebration possible."

About Positive Coaching Alliance:

PCA’s vision is to build a world where every child benefits from a positive youth sports experience with a coach who inspires them to become the best version of themselves in the game and in life. PCA trains coaches and partners with youth sports organizations, parents, sports leaders, and communities to make youth sports more positive, equitable, and accessible to all kids regardless of social or economic circumstances. For more information, go to

About NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California:

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon, and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis, and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, and NHL’s San Jose Sharks. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year.  The NBC Sports app provides live steams of the games and pre-and postgame shows, digital coverage of the hometown teams with original stories and content from a team of “Insiders,” breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights, and multimedia video clips.  Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic; Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook:



Maddie Redmond
Positive Coaching Alliance

Jay dela Cruz
NBC Sports Bay Area/California