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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 info@fitkids.org or call 650-299-1599.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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