Olympians, ex-pro athletes on hand for PCA's national awards dinner


More than a dozen Olympians and pro and college athletes, coaches and executives who the support Positive Coaching Alliance will attend PCA's 13th Annual National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Auction on Saturday at Palo Alto's Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Participating in the national non-profit's fundraising event are PCA National Advisory Board Members:

Joe Ehrmann, former NFL lineman, subject of the book Season of Life, author of InSideOut Coaching and Founder of Coach for America, whom Parade Magazine dubbed The Most Important Coach in America. Ehrmann will share powerful messages with the hundreds of PCA supporters in attendance as he accepts PCA's highest honor, the Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Stanford grad Julie Foudy, who draws from her perspective as an ESPN commentator, two-time Women's World Cup soccer champion, and two-time Olympic gold medalist, will lead a panel discussion with youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the U.S. recently chosen from more than 1,700 nominees as winners of PCA's Double-Goal Coach® Award presented by MaxPreps.

Ted Robinson will be serving as Master of Ceremonies between his stints broadcasting for the Olympics, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and San Francisco 49ers.

Additional members of PCA's National Advisory Board who will be seated with event attendees include: Jennifer Azzi, University of San Francisco women's basketball coach, former pro basketball star, Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion with Stanford; Dusty Baker, former Major League Baseball manager and player; Ruthie Bolton, former WNBA star and two-time Olympic basketball gold medalist; Brandi Chastain, two-time women's World Cup soccer champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and current soccer mom; Lindsay Gottlieb, University of California women's basketball coach; Dick Gould, 17-time NCAA champion men's tennis coach at Stanford and winner of PCA's 2012 Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement; Lionel Hollins, former NBA coach and past NBA champion player; Charlie Maher, Sport & Performance Psychologist, Cleveland Indians; Kim Oden, Olympic volleyball bronze medalist from Stanford; Heather Petri, Olympic water polo gold medalist; Jerry Smith, whose tenure as Santa Clara University women's soccer coach includes an NCAA title; and Brenda Villa, Olympic water polo gold medalist. Willie Gault of the 1985-1986 Chicago Bears Super Bowl championship team also will attend.

Guests will be able to bid on unique auction items to raise funds for PCA's work to benefit youth by providing a positive, character-building youth and high school sports experience nationwide. Tickets are available through PCA's website at

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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