April 20, 2013
Ronnie and Donnie, PCA Double Goal Coach National Award Recipients, with Phil Jackson, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award
Menlo Park, Ca
For their positive impact on youth athletes, the Heidarys were awarded the coveted “Double-Goal” Coach award at Positive Coaching Alliance’s 12th Annual National Youth Sports Awards sponsored by Deloitte and Liberty Mutual. It is presented to coaches who strive to win while pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. The Heidarys are the co-founders/head coaches of Orinda Aquatics and coach Campolindo and Miramonte, respectively. The central tenet of their program is “Character First”. “We applaud coaches like Don and Ron Heidary for effectively using sports to teach valuable life lessons to our youth” said Julie Brassard, Liberty Mutual Insurance.
PCA is in partnership with nearly 2,000 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide, impacting nearly 5 million youth. “Don and Ron help youth athletes win in and out of the pool,” said Jim Thompson, founder and CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance. “By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience, and serving as Double-Goal Coaches, Don and Ron help youth develop into better athletes and better people.” Mark Madsen, NBA Champion and Assistant Coach at Stanford, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Phil Jackson, PCA National Spokesman and 11-Time NBA Champion Coach, was awarded the Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Don Heidary also serves on the Boards of the American Swim Coaches Association and Pacific Swimming and both brothers speak nationally and internationally on developing high-character teams and athletes.