Positive Athletes & Coaches
Although baseball and softball are team games, much of the sport is individualized and stats are kept on each player for their performance, good or bad, and each coach for their win-loss record or the "athletes" they've produced at the next level.
One thing that tends to get lost in all the numbers are the positive attributes and outcomes of a good teammate or coach, both on and off the field.
The Braves have partnered with two non-profit organizations that promote the importance of being positive, both on and off the field, as a coach and as a player.
Positive Coaching Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE.
Youth sports currently involves 40 million children, which presents a tremendous platform on which to develop youth character and life skills. Research has shown that in order for youth to accrue these benefits from sports, sports needs to be done in a way that creates a positive youth development culture. PCA ensures sports are 'done right' with programming that is research-based and designed to have an impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school:
- Youth experience improved life skills and character development. They also perform better!
- Coaches become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons.
- Youth sports organizations and schools see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun.
- Through Major League Baseball, the Braves have a partnership with PCA to host workshops throughout the year to develop positive coaches.
What Is Positive Athlete Georgia?
Positive Athlete Georgia is a movement featuring high character current and former professional athletes, led by former UGA star and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward, who are established and credible role models to young athletes. Positive Athlete is an umbrella brand for all athletes who are marking a positive contribution to their communities, overcoming difficult circumstances with a positive attitude, and believe a positive attitude is essential to their success.
Since the program's inception five years ago, over 20,000 high school student-athletes have been nominated for Positive Athlete Awards, and over $150,000 in corporately sponsored college scholarships have been awarded. The Atlanta Braves have been a partner with Positive Athlete since 2015.
Current and former professional athletes are members of this organization, and high school athletes will be invited to join based on being nominated by a coach, school administrator, parent or fan for the annual Georgia Positive High School Athlete Awards. Coaches in youth sports leagues in Georgia are already naming "Positive Athletes of the Game" each game as a way to emphasize the importance of having a positive attitude.
The Positive Athlete brand was created to remind all athletes to O.P.E.R.A.T.E like a Positive Athlete every day of your life.
Been nominated as a Positive Athlete?
Congratulations! All Positive Athlete Nominees receive a special ticket offer from the Atlanta Braves.