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Positive Impact Awards To Be Hosted At LA84 Foundation on March 1


Los Angeles, CA – Positive Coaching Alliance- Los Angeles is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Fundraising Event; The POSITIVE IMPACT AWARDS hosted at the LA84 Foundation on March 1st.

Marcellus Wiley, host of ESPN’s SportsNation and a member of PCA-Los Angeles’ Board will deliver a keynote speech about the importance of education. Marcellus chose to attend Columbia as a highly recruited High School Football player and went on to play 10 years in the NFL.

Lolita Lopez, NBC4 Investigative Reporter will be Master of Ceremonies. Lolita is a Los Angeles area Emmy Award winner for her live anchoring and investigative reporting. She is also a Harvard graduate who competed in Volleyball and Track and Field.

The event will be honoring Ten (10) Triple-Impact Competitor® student-athletes eligible for college scholarships. These are student-athletes who make themselves, their teammates and the game better. Triple-Impact Competitors are selected based on their essays explaining how they meet three criteria: personal mastery (making oneself better), leadership (making one’s teammates better), and honoring the game (making the game better). Recipients must provide testimonials from a school administrator, a coach, and at least one from an individual who is familiar with the student-athlete and able to speak to his/her embodiment of the Triple-Impact Competitor principles.

"The 2nd Annual Positive Impact Awards highlights the impact that Positive Coaching Alliance-Los Angeles and our partners are making in youth sports," says PCA-Los Angeles Executive Director, Alan Berkes. “Together we’ve trained over 15,000 coaches and reached over 170,000 youth and high school athletes. Our high school scholarship recipients come from all backgrounds and communities and who benefit from learning life lessons through sports."

PCA will also be honoring the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation as the 2018 Community Impact Award Winner. The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is focused on finding innovative ways to create opportunities for children through programs that engage with kids in sports, helps kids stay active and promote academic success. Through their Dodgers Dreamfields, Dodger RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and LA Reads programs, LADF uses the power of baseball to increase access to education, literacy, health, wellness and recreational resources in underserved communities. PCA-LA has certified over 375 Dodgers RBI Coaches as a Double-Goal Coach® as well as working with RBI Leaders, parents and athletes. This year LADF will support PCA programming for student-athletes in Title 1 schools. Renata Simril, CEO of the LA84 Foundation, which won the Community Impact Award last year will present the award to Nichol Whiteman, Executive Director of LADF.

We are truly honored to be selected as this year’s recipient of the Community Impact Award. To be recognized by a partner like PCA for our impact and contributions to Los Angeles is very special," said Nichol Whiteman, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and PCA-Los Angeles Board Member. “We look forward to continuing to partner with PCA to give our athletes, coaches, and parents much-needed tools to foster a positive sports culture.”

Receiving a special Positive Impact Award will be Kendall Stier a High School Junior para-athlete who has won a Woman’s Gold Medal in the U.S. Paralympics National competition and a CIF State Championship title for Girl’s Para Division Shot Put. Kendall maintains a 4.0 GPA and is creating awareness as a SAMbassador for the LA84 Foundation. Presenting the award to Kendall will be decorated Paralympian and Gold Medalist in both the Summer and Winter Paralympics, Candace Cable.

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About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit working to develop Better Athletes, Better People by partnering with youth and high school athletic programs to provide young athletes with a positive, character-building youth sports experience. The Los Angeles Chapter opened in 2015 and serves youth sports organizations, schools and communities from San Diego to Santa Barbara. More information can be found at: follow us on Twittre: @PositiveCoachLA and Facebook: @PositveCoachLA 

About the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion our fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in under-served communities. Visit the Dodgers Foundation online at, follow them on Twitter @DodgersFdn, Instagram @dodgersfoundation and like them on Facebook at

About LA84 Foundation

For over 30 years, the LA84 Foundation has experienced first-hand the power of sport to change lives. The foundation’s funding, focus and advocacy has positively impacted more than 3 million under-served and under-resourced youth, supported over 2,200 organizations and trained 80,000 coaches. With a third Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles coming in 2028, the LA84 Foundation is ready to take their work to even greater heights as they begin to build a new legacy for the next generation. For more information, please visit

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