Research: Evaluating the Positive Coaching Alliance Model: Developing Competitors of Character

The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to training coaches and athletes to provide a positive, character-building youth sports experience. This project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, is a three-year longitudinal study evaluating the impact of PCA programs in Boston-area high schools. Specifically, this project aims to assess whether, and how, the PCA model can be effectively used to enhance the character attributes of high school athletes such that these attributes are applied in the sport context, in school, and in the wider community. Through this evaluation research, we hope to gain insight into the ways in which youth engagement in athletic contexts can translate to engagement in schools, communities, and civic life.