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Athletes: Embrace Who You Are And Give Yourself Permission To Succeed

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Dan James (@Dgjames70) joined PCA in 2017 as the first Executive Director of the Seattle chapter, where he leads the Chapter in creating a Development Zone culture for Seattle youth sports. Prior to joining PCA, Dan worked for the United States Tennis Association where he led the wheelchair tennis program coaching at 5 Paralympics. He played college tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College and began his coaching career under his head Coach Steve Wilkinson at Tennis and Life Camps.

In this video, James expresses how important it is for young athletes to give themselves permission: permission to lose, to be great, to take risks, and to succeed. Ultimately, he wants young athletes to understand that the only person capable of giving us the permission to be ourselves is our self. For many of the disabled athletes, it is the first time they have been empowered to give themselves permission to do anything independently.