The historic LA84 Foundation was the perfect setting for recognizing accomplishments on and off the field. Our 2nd Annual Positive Impact Awards inspired Olympic level cheers for ten super Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Winners and the who’s who of youth sports in Southern California. A $3,000 College Scholarship was awarded to each Student-Athlete:
The 2nd Annual Community Impact Award Winner was the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for their widespread impact on and off the baseball field. Through their Dodgers Dreamfields, Dodgers 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. In 2018, PCA-LA (with the support of LADF) will train athletes as Triple-Impact Competitors in underserved schools.
Presenting the Community Impact Award was Renata Simril, President of the LA84 Foundation, recipient of the inaugural Community Impact Award. LADF Executive Director and PCA-LA Board Member Nichol Whiteman accepted the Award on behalf of LADF.
The crowd was then treated to an emotional and funny story of his journey to the Ivy League by ESPN SportsNation’s Host Marcellus Wiley. Recounting the unique opportunity that an education can provide, “why carry the torch, when you can light it”, Marcellus showed our student-athletes a pathway to success.
After Master Of Ceremonies, NBC Investigative Reporter Lolita Lopez announced all the scholarship finalists were winners of a $2,000 college scholarship celebrity Dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman, who was moved by Marcellus and two student-athletes speakers, added $1,000 to each scholarship on the spot! “Without scholarships, I never would’ve gone to college” Dr. Bill, Founder of the Leap Foundation, told the students.
Last but not least our inaugural Positive Impact Award was presented to High School Para Athlete Kendall Stier by decorated 9-time Paralympian Candace Cable.
A National and CIF State Champion shot-putter Kendall is dedicated to promoting para sports and equal opportunity for all student-athletes.
PCA-Los Angeles thanks our Board of Directors, led by Board Chair Ellen Robbins and all of the Sponsors and supporters of our mission to develop Better Athletes, Better People.