Tampa— Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay – the local chapter of the national non-profit Positive Coaching Alliance that develops “Better Athletes, Better People” through youth and high school sports – has named 25 Tampa Bay-area student-athletes from the high school class of 2018 as finalists for the Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Awards Presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company.
“We are pleased that Sagicor Life has agreed to sponsor our scholarship program for a second straight year. Their continued commitment will directly benefit student-athletes by fully underwriting the scholarships we plan to present at our awards ceremony in Spring 2018,” said PCA-Tampa Bay Chapter Executive Director Mark Sakalosky. “Last year, through Sagicor Life’s generosity we were able to award $50,000 to deserving student-athletes. Sagicor’s continued sponsorship allows us to plan to do the same again this year.”
“Sagicor Life is pleased to recognize these student-athletes from the Tampa Bay community,” said Bart Catmull, President, Sagicor Life Insurance Company. “They each have demonstrated that they are leaders on their teams and within their high schools. As finalists for a Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Award, they are now recognized as leaders throughout all of Tampa Bay and serve as role models for student-athletes of all ages. On behalf of Sagicor Life Insurance Company, congratulations!”
Meet PCA-Tampa Bay's 2018 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarships finalists and show your support the finalist you think should win.
Click the names of the finalists below to learn more about their accomplishments.
Khalib Bayona, Berkeley Preparatory School
Kristina Budzban, King High School
Chandler Carr, Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School
Faith Freeman, Newsome High School
Susanna Houser, Plant City High School
Raweerat Khunduang, Wharton High School
Julianna Lazzari, Palm Harbor University High School
Jake Lemon, Tampa Jesuit High School
Emily Leonard, Wiregrass Ranch High School
Brooklyn Levine, Lake Wales High School
Alexander Lopez, Steinbrenner High School
Isabel Minnis, Thomas Jefferson High School
Megan Mulroe, Sickles High School
Katherine Newcomb, Riverview High School
Amanda Noellert, SouthEast High School
Karissa Olsen, Wesley Chapel High School
Dylan Price, Indian Rocks Christian
Victoria Robertson, Bloomingdale Senior High School
Idalys Santos, Armwood High School
Nakia Smith, Howard W. Blake High School
Bonnie Sopher, H.B. Plant High School
Meghan Sorg, Strawberry Crest High School
Andrea Wallace, Sunlake High School
Evan Watts, Robinson High School
Carson Young, Tampa Preparatory School
PCA nationally received over 3,000 applications for Triple-Impact Competitor scholarships from the Class of 2018. The PCA-Tampa Bay finalists will be interviewed by members of a selection committee, an experience that in-and-of-itself helps prepare the candidates for life beyond their sports endeavors. Scholarship winners will be named at a Tampa Bay Rays game in the 2018 season.
“Sagicor Life recognizes the important role that high school sports play in the Tampa Bay community,” said Bart Catmull, president, Sagicor Life Insurance Company. "Student-athletes who participate in high school sports gain the opportunity to learn important lessons that benefit them not only on the playing field but in every aspect of their lives. We are proud to join PCA- Tampa Bay again this year and to recognize student-athletes who embody the principles of a Triple-Impact Competitor make the game better, make their teammates better and make themselves better.”
About Sagicor Life
Sagicor Life Insurance Company is a full-service life insurance company that helps clients make wise financial decisions today to ensure they are protected tomorrow. Sagicor is licensed in 45 states and the District of Columbia and is rated “A-“ (Excellence by A.M. Best Company(4th best out of 16 possible ratings)). Sagicor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited. Founded in 1840, is one of the oldest insurance groups in the Americas, with operations in 22 countries. Sagicor is committed to offering customers world-class service with integrity and value. Sagicor Life also offers direct to Consumer life in insurance in Florida, Texas, and Arizona through sagicornow.com. For more information about Sagicor, visit SagicorLifeUSA.com.
About Positive Coaching Alliance and PCA-Tampa Bay
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators, and student-athletes. In addition to 1,700+ free audio-video and printable tips and tools at www.PCADevZone.org, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.
PCA-Tampa Bay launched in 2014 with financial support from the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Triad Foundation and a Chapter Board comprised of sports, business and civic leaders from throughout the Tampa Bay community. The local chapter makes a positive impact on student-athletes through strong relationships with the largest public school systems in the Tampa Bay region.
PCA resources, which have reached more than 8.6 million youth, strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development Zone® culture, where the goal is to develop so the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:
PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, and many other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics who share PCA’s mission.
Contact for Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay:
Contact for Sagicor Life Insurance Company:
James P. Burke
Vice President of Marketing
813-287-1602 ext. 6213