High School Baseman Player and Coach and Umpire Wins Scholarship. Menlo-Atherton's Alex Aguiar is Triple Impact Competitor (tm)
Alex Aguiar recently was named a winner of the annual Positive Coaching Alliance Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship. Alex was one of ten winners who received the award at a ceremony held at Stanford University. The winners earned a $2,000 college scholarship for exemplifying Positive Coaching Alliance’s model of the Triple-Impact Competitor:
- Personal Mastery -- Making oneself better
- Leadership -- Making one’s teammates better
- Honoring the Game -- Making the game better.
In Alex's application he wrote: “People often get too caught up in their emotions and forget about the respect they need to have for the game that they are playing… I can get frustrated with calls, but I never make a show about it or express my frustration in a rude way. The best players don’t care about the things that they cannot control. They care about doing all the things that the can, in their control, to do well and to help their team succeed. That is what respecting the game is all about. It is about trying your hardest every time you’re out there.”
The scholarship program, sponsored by Deloitte LLP and Thrive Foundation for Youth, featured U.S. Olympic Water Polo Team star Peter Varellas as keynote speaker. Varellas emphasized the importance of focusing on the journey rather than the destination, drawing on his experience of winning a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, followed by a disappointing finish in the 2012 London Olympics. “The whole experience only further strengthened my belief in a pretty simple concept,” he said, “and that is you must enjoy the process regardless of the results….Any worthwhile journey almost necessarily implies certain failures, disappointments and set-backs along the way.”
“At Deloitte, ‘doing the right thing’ is what guides our people every day,” said San Francisco-based Vice Chairman and West Region Managing Partner Mark Edmunds of Deloitte LLP, who piloted the scholarship program in the San Francisco Bay Area and championed its expansion to other Deloitte offices. “PCA’s Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program encourages student-athletes to strive for the same standard, and we are proud to support a program that cultivates this quality in these future leaders.”
Positive Coaching Alliance Founder Jim Thompson summarized: “The power of the Triple-Impact Competitor model is hard to overestimate. Our scholarship winners are the types of student-athletes who will remain leaders throughout their lives and have the potential to greatly impact our society. We look forward to all of our finalists and award winners having great sports seasons in their senior years of high school and continuing their contributions in the future."
About Positive Coaching Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit that helps develop “Better Athletes, Better People.” Founded within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, PCA is committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. To that end, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 675,000 youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders. Through workshops and companion online courses, PCA has impacted more than 4.5 million youth.
PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2012, PCA will conduct roughly 1,300 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting tens of thousands of other individuals via online courses at www.PositiveCoach.org.
PCA workshops and courses strive to establish these prevailing models in youth and high school sports:
· The Double-Goal Coach®, first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports
· The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
· The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game.
PCA has the support of elite coaches and athletes on a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson.
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