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Pat Fitzgerald: Kids Are Impressionable

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Pat Fitzgerald (@coachfitz51), a PCA National Advisory Board Member, is the Northwestern University Head Football Coach. Prior to coaching, his College Football Hall of Fame career included twice being named an All-American, twice winning both the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Awards, and leading Northwestern to back-to-back Big Ten titles and a Rose Bowl appearance in the mid-90's.

In this video, Fitzgerald talks about the power of youth sports coaches to influence impressionable children. He talks about how "that power of influence that the coach has over them, that influences them all the way to how they think on a daily basis."

Fitzgerald relates the power to positively influencing a child's decision to keep playing sports. If we want kids to continue playing sports, through good and bad times, the coach has to teach the game the right way and help kids succeed. It's important youth coaches recognize this power, and wield it positively, because "phones (and) video games are taking them away from the great life lessons they learn through sports."