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Culture Is Centered Around One Word: Compete

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Adhir Ravipati (@CoachAdhir), a 2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award Winner, is the Head Football Coach at Menlo-Atheron High School in Atherton, CA, who he coached to a 2016 State Championship appearance. Adhir, who played under Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw at the University of San Diego, has instilled a strong culture at Menlo-Atherton after just two seasons. One key is the Covenant, a posterboard with a mission statement and the team’s goals—athletic, academic and otherwise—written out and kept with the team as a reminder throughout the season.

On April 22, 2017, four national winners of PCA's Double-Goal Coach award—including Adhir Ravipati—took the stage at the 16th annual National Youth Sports Awards for a winners panel with FOX Sports' Steve Lavin. A Double-Goal Coach strives to win while teaching life lessons to youth in sports.

In this clip, Ravipati elaborates on how he defines culture in his program. For Ravipati, it's one word: compete. However, he doesn't just apply that word to athletics, but encourages all his athletes to try and be the best they can be in everything they do, including academics. While that word of "compete" may set the expectations high for the athletes, coaches have to do everything they can to make sure athletes know they're doing everything in their power to help them compete at their highest potential. In Ravipati's eyes, if his players have competed to be better students, people, and finally players every day, they've had a good day.

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