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Play Like a Champion to Award Champion Coach of the Week

November 5, 2020


Play Like a Champion is excited to announce a new award that celebrates coaches across the country who embody what it means to be a Champion. These selfless men and women dedicate countless hours to working with young people, using sports as an avenue to develop the whole person - physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and morally. While many of these efforts go unrecognized, the impact made by great coaches can be felt throughout every community in America. Each week, Play Like a Champion will take a moment to recognize these contributions by awarding a Champion Coach of the Week and celebrating a coach on our social media channels and by giving them a "virtual plaque" on a brand new web page dedicated to the award. 

Our first Champion Coach of the Week is Michael Poole, Founder and Head Coach of Positive Outlook, Inc. in South Bend, IN. We interviewed Coach Poole on Episode

7 of the Play Like a Champion Show podcast, where he talked about his approach to coaching and his work with Positive Outlook. Coach Poole created Positive Outlook to build community from within through basketball teams in the Michiana area. The teams consist of boys & girls in 4th-12th grade, which allow Coach Poole and his Positive Outlook staff to mentor hundreds of area youth through consecutive years of coaching. Coach Poole has given hundreds of kids an opportunity to play & has helped many area students to graduate and continue education beyond high school. He is a remarkable example of what it means to be a coach-educator and a great role model for coaches everywhere.

Play Like a Champion is proud to work with an outstanding group of coaches from the youth to the high school level. We believe that coaches have an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives children well beyond the field of play; all of us can learn from great examples of coaching as we strive to become Champion coaches ourselves. Do you know a great coach who deserves to be recognized? Send us an email at with a short paragraph that tells us who that coach is and why they should be considered a Champion Coach. We'll select a new coach to honor each week.  

Coaches have a unique abillity to teach and develop character as well as skill. Together, we look forward to celebrating these coaches who are changing the lives of young people and making our world a better place!

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