“With no school, no sports, no nothing in a lot of states, we had to change the way we do things,” said Tomey. “A lot of kids and coaches are dealing with the disappointment of not playing and we’re trying to keep people together. We had to utilize a lot of technology through Zoom and other methods and become a leader in that aspect of training.”
Tomey then spoke about the importance of using sports to teach life lessons and how those lessons help children and young adults through their critical and formative years.
“Roughly 70 percent of kids typically drop out of sports right at that 13 or 14-year-old mark,” said Tomey. “That’s the tipping point of high school and middle school. So, someone who is coming from middle school going into high school loses out on great life lessons right when they need them the most.”
Like almost all nonprofits, Positive Coaching Alliance relies heavily on donations from the community.
“Without the support of Thunderbirds Charities and other donations over the years, we would definitely not be as impactful as we have been,” said Tomey. “Honestly, without the support of the community, we wouldn’t be able to be as impactful as we are. We’re extremely grateful to Thunderbirds Charities.”