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University Hospitals Sports Medicine Extends Chapter Supporter Agreement with Positive Coaching Alliance to Benefit Youth Athletes




February 25, 2020
University Hospitals Sports Medicine has extended their partnership and will continue their support of the Cleveland chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit movement developing “Better Athletes, Better People.” PCA works with youth sports and high school leaders, coaches, and parents to provide all athletes with a positive, character-building sports experience.

Through the partnership, UH Sports Medicine will provide valuable funding that will allow PCA-Cleveland to create new partnerships with local schools or youth sports organizations. The partnerships created through UH Sports Medicine support will provide each school or organization with PCA’s training, tools and resources for coaches, sports parents, youth athletes, and administrators.  Partners will have access to live group workshops, online courses, books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson and additional online resources.

Nationally, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools, districts, conferences, youth sports organizations and park-and-rec departments to create a Development ZoneTM culture, where the goal is using youth and high school sports to develop stronger social-emotional learning and leadership and reasoning developmental opportunities.

“We are incredibly thankful for the continued support of PCA-Cleveland Board Member, Dr. Sean Cupp and the entire UH Sports Medicine team as we continue to grow the PCA movement here in Ohio.” Said PCA-Cleveland Partnership and Development Manager, Ryan Virtue. “UH Sports Medicine physicians continue to serve our community through physical injury prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of athletes of all ages, from youth through professional.  Their financial backing of PCA-Cleveland will allow us further establish a positive youth development culture to support the mental development of young athletes in our communities as well.”

I am proud of our continued alliance with PCA. Improving the health and wellness of the student athletes in NE Ohio is one of the missions of the UH Sports Medicine Institute,” said Dr. Sean Cupp, Co-Director of University Hospitals Sports Medicine, Lead Medical Team Physician for the Cleveland Browns, and PCA-Cleveland Board Member.  “As a father of student-athletes, a youth sports coach, and a team physician, I applaud the endless efforts of PCA to make sports involvement better for our young athletes of greater Cleveland. Not only are we putting the FUN back into youth sports, we are also making the experience safer for the youth athlete.”

For information about this partnership, please contact either Ryan Virtue (PCA-Cleveland) or Macie Jepson (University Hospitals Sports Medicine).

Ryan Virtue, Positive Coaching Alliance
Tel: 440-465-6552

Macie Jepson, UH Sports Medicine
Tel: 216-767-8570

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE.

Youth sports currently involves 40M children, which presents a tremendous platform on which to develop youth character and life skills. Research has shown that in order for youth to accrue these benefits from sports, sports needs to be done in a way that creates a positive youth development culture. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have an impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school:

  • Youth experience improved life skills and character development.  They also perform better!
  • Coaches become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons.
  • Youth Sports Organizations & Schools see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun.

Since its founding in 1998, PCA has established 18 chapters nationwide, partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, reaching over 20 million youth. PCA offers interactive online courses and has thousands of multimedia tips and tools for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders available free of charge on PCA also runs two annual awards programs: a scholarship program for high school student-athletes and a coach award program to recognize youth and high school coaches who strive to win and teach life lessons.

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board of elite coaches, professional and Olympic athletes, organization leaders, and academics who share PCA’s mission including Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach, Lindsay Gottlieb and others such as Joe Thomas, Dusty Baker, Carol Dweck, Herm Edwards, Julie Foudy, Phil Jackson, and Steve Kerr. PCA is proud to partner with more than 50 national governing bodies, youth-serving organizations and professional leagues and teams including the Boys & Girls Club of America, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and US Lacrosse.

About University Hospitals Sports Medicine

University Hospitals Sports Medicine, provides patients of all ages with quality care, delivered by specialists and subspecialists who are fellowship-trained in sports medicine. The primary care sports medicine doctors provide care for muscle-related issues, concussions and other health problems linked to sports injuries. Because diet and sleep can affect both performance and overall, nutritionists and sleep experts who are trained in sports medicine are also available for patients at UH Sports Medicine.

The multidisciplinary approach, along with the expertise of leading-edge sports medicine specialists, ensures that each patient receives the most appropriate and responsive treatment. Experts at UH Sports Medicine include:

  • Concussion management specialists
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthopedic nurses
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Orthopedists
  • Physical therapists
  • Primary care sports medicine physicians
  • Radiologists
  • Sleep experts
  • Sports psychologists

For more information about University Hospitals Sports Medicine, please visit

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