Stanford's Shaw part of panel discussion on youth sports

Stanford football coach David Shaw will be among the speakers at a panel discussion for coaches on how to improve the current state of youth sports in society on Friday in Redwood City.

The event is co-sponsored by Redwood City-based FitKids and the Bay Area chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Shaw, a former player, offensive coordinator for the Cardinal and Pac-12 Coach of the Year, will appear at the event along with a representative of the PCA, Tina Syer, and Jack Bowen, the Menlo School boy's water polo coach and a local member on the PCA's National Coaches Council, Bay Area chapter.

FitKids is a Bay Area organization seeking to promote physical fitness programs for children in under-served communities. PCA, a national group whose local chapter is based in San Jose, is a non-profit whose mission is to help change the culture in youth sports from a win-at-all-costs mentality into one that emphasizes character building and ethical behavior -- both on and off the field.

Friday's event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Sports House, 3151 Edison Way in Redwood City. Children are welcome to come along with their parents and enjoy the myriad supervised attractions offered at Sports House, a large indoor sports complex.

In sponsoring the event, FitKids hopes to encourage self-confidence and provide the tools necessary for youngsters to build healthier relationships, gain self confidence and strive for independence through physical activities and sports.

For more information, contact or call 650-299-1599.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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