Will support local Chapter of nonprofit serving youth through schools and youth sports organizations
Cleveland, OH – Positive Coaching Alliance-Cleveland (PCA-Cleveland), the local Chapter of the national nonprofit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” through youth and high school sports, has struck a new three-year partnership with University Hospitals Sports Medicine (UHSM). As a Chapter Supporter, UHSM will help fund PCA-Cleveland’s programming and events designed to give coaches, parents, administrators, and student-athletes a framework and proven practical tools to help them build more positive, character-building experiences through sports.
“We are extremely excited to expand our relationship with University Hospitals Sports Medicine and grateful for their continued support of our mission,” said PCA-Cleveland Chapter Executive Director Marty Mordarski.
Through this partnership, UHSM will also have the ability to provide timely and important health and sports medicine content to local schools and youth sports organizations through PCA-Cleveland’s network of partners and affiliates.
“I was fortunate to represent University Hospitals in May 2015 at the PCA-Cleveland scholarship banquet and met some very outstanding coaches and student athletes,” said Sean Cupp MD, Co-Director, Sports Medicine - UH Cleveland Medical Center. “I was thrilled to see such an important program that was instilling the virtues of sport that we want all athletes to take with them into life after playing days are over.
“PCA is a wonderful organization for youth sports that is a growing movement to bring the positive lessons and fun back to the world of sports that has become win at all costs with overzealous coaches and parents.”
By summer’s end PCA-Cleveland will have partnered with more than 60 local schools, athletic conferences, and youth sports organizations, to deliver roughly 120 workshops to 1,000-plus coaches, impacting about 20,000 youth throughout our region, Mordarski said.
“Our organizations share a mutual passion to improve the quality of the high school and youth sports experience to keep more kids in the game. And this partnership will allow us both to more broadly serve our communities and help even more programs develop safe and meaningful experiences where kids can improve on the field and learn critical skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives.”
To kick off the partnership, UHSM will support two PCA-Cleveland events that will provide coaches and sports parents intimate access to some of the best and brightest minds in Cleveland professional sports. On July 24, PCA-Cleveland will partner with the Akron RubberDucks to host Youth Sports Night at Canal Park, and on August 8, the organization will hold its second annual Breakfast with the Indians with members of the Cleveland Indians player development staff, featuring General Manager Mike Chernoff. Event details, tickets, and more information about Positive Coaching Alliance are available at http://cleveland.positivecoach.org.
About University Hospitals
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is the second largest employer in northern Ohio with 26,000 employees. For more information, go to UHhospitals.org.
About Positive Coaching Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. In addition to 1,500+ free multimedia tips and tools at www.PCADevZone.org, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.
PCA resources, which have reached more than 8.6 million youth, strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development ZoneTM culture, where the goal is to develop Better Athletes, Better People and the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:
PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, and many other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics who share PCA’s mission.