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Mark Flanagan, President                                                   David Jacobson, Positive Coaching Alliance



For Immediate Release



Focuses on winning and life lessons for youth athletes

November 26, 2015, Great Falls, Virginia– Great Falls Lacrosse Association (“GFLA”) has established a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to ensure a positive, character-building experience for all youth athletes in GFLA programs. PCA (www.PositiveCoach.org), a Stanford University-based non-profit organization, conducts workshops for coaches, organizational leaders, and parents involved in schools and sports organizations serving five-to-18-year-old athletes. PCA also provides workshops for high school athletes.


“Working with hundreds of youth sports organizations around the United States, PCA has developed practical tools and guidelines to help youth athletes, their coaches and parents get the most out of sports,” said Glenn Tofil, GFLA’s Lacrosse Commissioner. “We recognize the tremendous opportunity for character-building sports offers for today’s youth, so we are embracing PCA’s Double-Goal Coach® model, where winning is one goal and teaching life lessons is the second, more-important goal.”


“We are delighted to partner with Great Falls Lacrosse,” said PCA Executive Director Jim Thompson. “Together, we’ll strive to help their youth athletes take a positive approach to pursuing victories in athletic competition and in life.”


The workshops are scheduled to begin in January.  For information about the dates and locations, please contact   or  .

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Founded as a non-profit within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. To that end, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 live group workshops nationwide for more than 675,000 youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders. Through workshops and companion online courses, PCA has impacted more than 4.5 million youth.

PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2012, PCA will conduct roughly 1,200 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting tens of thousands of other individuals via online courses at www.PositiveCoach.org.


PCA workshops and courses strive to establish these prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

  • The Double-Goal Coach®, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports
  • The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
  • The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.


PCA has the support of elite coaches and athletes on a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson.



About Great Falls Lacrosse Association


The Great Falls Lacrosse Association was established in 1995 as a non-profit youth sports organization promoting the sports of lacrosse and, more recently, field hockey.  GFLA enjoys the participation of more than 500 boys and girls.  Our goal is to provide a fun and safe opportunity for boys and girls to play high-level, community-based lacrosse and field hockey while learning life lessons through team sports. 


For more information about Great Falls Lacrosse, please visit www.greatfallslacrosse.com .