A Rivalry To Be Proud Of

Jan. 29, 2002

BERKELEY - The University of California and Stanford University have partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to launch Cal/Stanford: A Rivalry to be Proud of at Cal/Stanford wommen's basketball games on January 30 and Feb. 2.

Cal and Stanford intend to set a positive example for youth sports coaches, athletes and parents as to how a great rivalry can be intensely competitive AND characterized by honorable behavior of participants and fans. Positive Coaching Alliance is a nonprofit organization with the mission to 'transform youth sports so sports can transform youth.'

With the support of Steve Gladstone and Ted Leland, athletic directors of Cal and Stanford, and the four head basketball coaches - Ben Braun, Caren Horstmeyer, Mike Montgomery, and Tara VanDerveer - Rivalry to be Proud of will be featured at Cal/Stanford men's games on January 4 and 6, and the women's games January 30 and February 2. Student rooting groups, the bands, the Bench at Cal, and Stanford's 6th Man Club are participating to help create an environment of 'Honoring the Game.' According to PCA, honoring the game gets to the 'ROOTS' of the matter: respect for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, and one's Self.

'A Rivalry to be Proud of is meant to be a healthy alternative to the bad sportsmanship that has become a major problem in sports at all levels,' says Positive Coaching Alliance director Jim Thompson. 'Because coaches, athletes, and parents at the youth level tend to emulate behavior they see in college and professional sports, I am delighted that Cal and Stanford want to set the proper example and show what Honoring the Game means.'

Reports of ugly incidents at youth sports events are on the rise. The National Alliance for Youth Sports reports that approximately 15 percent of youth games today involve a confrontation between parents or coaches with officials, up from 5 percent a few years ago.

For more information: Jim Thompson, Director of Positive Coaching Alliance 650-725-2976 jim@positivecoach.org

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