Jennifer joined PCA in 2018 and currently works as the Partnership Manager covering the state of Colorado. As the Partnership Manager for PCA-Colorado, she is responsible for prospecting, developing and closing partnership opportunities. Key in this process is demonstrating the value of PCA programs for youth sport organizations and schools, resulting in an increased PCA partnership base for PCA-Colorado.
1. What is your background in youth sports?
I grew up as a multi-sport athlete playing softball, soccer, and competing in gymnastics. I focused my high school years on competitive cheerleading which lead me to the University of Central Florida. After an undergrad in Psychology, I was fortunate to land a job as a sports director at a local community center and later went back to complete my master's in sports administration with a focus in leadership and coaching. I've been coaching and working in youth sports for the better part of 10 years in various community centers and YSOs, most recently as the executive director of sports for the YMCA of Boulder Valley.
2. What is your perception of the youth and high school sports landscape in Colorado?
I think Colorado is doing a lot of things right when it comes to community engagement in youth sports. Many people seem to have pretty good balance with regard to getting their kids outdoors in more ways than just organized sport. I do think however, we have a big opportunity to reach outlying populations and high-level programs that need that could use some support in navigating how to keep kids in sports in a healthy way.
3. What is your vision for WHAT PCA CAN Do in Colorado?
I'm so impressed with the reach PCA already has in Colorado in schools and YSOs. My hope to engage in more partnerships where the YSO's, city organizations, and schools are all part of larger PCA partnerships to help us engage communities and neighborhoods through the larger impact of sport, from an athlete's first exposure to sport well into adulthood.
4. What is your most memorable sports experience?
My dad was my softball coach when I was about 8 years playing in a rec league. I remember we had team pictures and my mom, our resident hairdresser, had to be somewhere else that day. My dad sat me on a picnic bench, put a mediocre a braid in my hair (I'm sure the best braid of his life) and lined me up for pictures before he warmed up our team for practice. So my most memorable sports experience had nothing to do with athletics, but all about how I had a 'superhero' coach at the start of my athletic career.