Positive Coaching Alliance-New York City Honors Larry Robbins & NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; Awards Local Student Athletes Scholarship Support

PCA’s Inaugural Triple Impact Awards names Robbins Executive of the Year and recognizes Bettman for Excellence in Leadership

Honors Seven Local Student Athletes as Triple-Impact Competitor Scholars

NEW YORK--()--Positive Coaching Alliance-New York City (PCA) is pleased to announce its inaugural Triple Impact Award recipients Larry Robbins, Founder and CEO of Glenview Capital Management and Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL), as well as seven local student athletes. PCA will host its first-ever Triple Impact Awards event in New York City on February 1, 2018.

Mr. Robbins will receive the Triple-Impact Executive Award in recognition of his leadership in the investment community, as well as his numerous philanthropic and coaching endeavors. In business, educational philanthropy and athletics, Mr. Robbins has worked to advance a training and development model that emphasizes both skill and character development as a foundation for team success.

“It is a privilege to accept this award on behalf of PCA, whose leadership in empowering coaches with tools to instill positive character development further elevates the significant impact of youth sports in forming foundational values,” said Mr. Robbins. “My dozen years as a hockey coach has afforded me a platform to instill confidence, teamwork and determination in my sons and their teammates, and I am proud to represent the legion of coaches who encourage their players to pursue both sports and life with passion, purpose, joy and gratitude.”

Commissioner Bettman, currently the longest-tenured Commissioner among the four major professional sports leagues, will receive the Excellence in Leadership Award for his 25 years of innovative stewardship of the NHL. Under Commissioner Bettman’s leadership, the NHL is at the forefront of new principles that focus on building character, fostering positive values and developing important life skills that transcend the game of hockey.

“I am delighted to receive the inaugural Excellence in Leadership Award,” Commissioner Bettman said. “The Positive Coaching Alliance fosters a positive youth sports environment, an approach that aligns closely with the Declaration of Principles which have been embraced by the NHL and 16 other hockey governing bodies around the world and are dedicated to creating the most inclusive and affirmative hockey experience for young people and their families. United, we are committed to a bright future through sports.”

At the event, PCA will be raising funds that will directly benefit its efforts in New York City and its Triple-Impact Competitor Scholars. The following local student athletes will be recognized for their self-dedication to their sport, support and compassion for their teammates and respect for the game:

Thomas Cromie – Morristown High School
Isabella Didario – Union Catholic High School
Alexandra Futterman – Newtown High School
Natalie Geltman – Hewlett High School
Bianca Obdeus – Bronx Design & Construction Academy
Andrea O’Connor – Stamford High School
Jonathan Punn – Central Park East High School

“The Triple-Impact program was created by PCA to honor student athletes, executives and professionals who demonstrate three core attributes: making themselves better, making the team better and making the game/community better,” said Darrell Johnson, Executive Director of PCA’s New York City Chapter. “We are thrilled to honor this star-studded group of recipients and sincerely thank them for their unwavering service to the sports community and to PCA.”

The event, “Jeans & Jerseys” Triple Impact Awards, will take place at the Simon Baruch Middle School on Thursday, February 1 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm ET and guests, both adults and student athletes, are encouraged to dress in jeans and their favorite jersey. Activities include a “pre-game” reception that encourage guests to tour the triple-impact roadmap through video, images and personal testimonials outlining each of the three tenants: personal mastery, leadership and honoring the game. Guests will also enjoy interactive sports themed experiences.

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 nearly 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 more than 20,000 live group workshops, along with 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.


Angela Bonnici, 646-277-1276


Angela Bonnici, 646-277-1276