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Tampa Bay Rays Honor Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Award Winners


Every year, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) awards scholarships to exceptional high school student-athletes across the United States. The Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Awards are given to student-athletes who not only perform at a high level individually, but also impact the game and their teammates.

A total of 25 scholarship finalists were named from the Tampa Bay community out of the 4,600 applicants nationwide. Those 25 finalists were interviewed by the PCA-Tampa Bay scholarship committee and evaluated using the Triple-Impact Competitor definition outlined in PCA Founder Jim Thompson’s book Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor. This meant that finalists had to show how they made themselves, their teammates, and the game better when playing sports.

The Tampa Bay Rays, founding partner and key supporter of PCA-Tampa Bay, hosted the scholarship award winners and their families on April 29th where winners honored on-field before the game. Winners were joined by PCA-Tampa Bay board members Matt Silverman - President of Baseball Operations for the Tampa Bay Rays; Ken Leikam - U.S. Managing Partner for Deloitte; Troy Fowler – Director of The Triad Foundation; and Mark Sakalosky – Executive Director of PCA-Tampa Bay. Following the presentation, guests were treated to a reception by the Rays and PCA-Tampa Bay in the suite section of Tropicana Field for family members and supporters from the Tampa Bay Community.

During the game PCA-Tampa Bay Executive Director Mark Sakalosky was interviewed by Rays' commentator Neil Solondsz, listen to that interview here.

To learn more about the Class of 2016 scholarship award winners, visit:

To apply for the Class of 2017 scholarship program, complete the application by May 31st found at:

PCA-Tampa Bay would like to thank the Tampa Bay Rays for helping to honor the scholarship winners as well as all of the PCA-Tampa Bay partners that are helping to impact the lives of student-athletes throughout the Tampa Bay community.

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