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Leah O'Brien-Amico: Play With Passion, Live With Purpose

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The Play Positive Podcast series features Positive Coaching Alliance staff interviewing prominent former athletes, coaches and general managers. Each episode, these influential stars share insights from their own sports careers. Listen in as they talk about filling emotional tanks, bouncing back from mistakes, staying motivated through long seasons to continually give 100% effort, and how they translated their sports experience to invaluable life lessons.

In this podcast, Syer talks with three time Olympic Gold Medalist Leah O’Brien-Amico. Leah explains that playing with passion helped shape her into becoming the softball player and coach that she is. She also reflects on her time playing under Coach Candrea and all the lessons she learned from him. Here's where you'll find Leah talking about featured topics:

  • Specialization- 2:30
  • Parent/Coach Conflict- 26:15

Syer (@tinasyer4) is the former President of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission of helping to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience. PCA serves as the experts behind the Liberty Mutual Play Positive™ program.

The Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ program is committed to promoting good sportsmanship in youth sports so that kids have the fun and positive experiences they deserve. Visit for helpful resources for youth sport parents and coaches including an opportunity to earn $2,500 in their pledge program, videos and podcasts from current and past sports stars, educational articles, informative email subscriptions and much more.

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