Morgan DeGlopper – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Wednesday over fifty of LRHS’s top junior athletes were invited to gather in the school cafeteria to learn how to be better leaders and better athletes.
This meeting was hosted by the Professional Coaching Alliance (PCA), a non-profit organization that encourages athletes to make themselves, their teammates, and the game better through informational meetings.
PCA Community Impact Manager Mason Cathey facilitated the meeting. Cathey herself was an athlete and ran track and cross country at the University of Florida before coaching at Duke, University of Central Florida, Butler, and Oklahoma State.
Cathey instructed the student athletes on becoming successful on and off the field with a PowerPoint presentation and interactive discussion.
Junior Parker Venuto found the discussion to be his favorite part of the meeting. “The questions were very good. They made you think, and it was good to interact with other athletes,” said Venuto.
One of the tips Cathey gave athletes was to look for the “ELM” tree of mastery. This acronym stands for Effort, Learning, and Mistakes are OK, and according to Cathey this is the “key to winning off the scoreboard.”
Cathey also covered topics such as how to be a good teammate and respect rules, officials, and opponents.
“Sometimes being the best teammate comes by helping get somebody else ready to practice,” she advised.
PCA’s goal in holding these meetings is to make a “positive impact with youth in sports.” However, Cathey knows that PCA’s impact goes beyond athletics.
“We’re teaching students to compete to win, and to adopt some life lessons,” she stated.
The next PCA meeting will be held afterschool in the cafeteria on Jan. 23.