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Sports Can Teach The Power Of Community

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Jamal Adams won PCA’s Double Goal Coach® Award in 2009. After playing basketball at both Loyola High School (Los Angeles) and Columbia University, he briefly pursued a career on Wall Street until recognizing his true passion was basketball and returning to Loyola to coach.

Adams sees how sports contribute to youth development. Beyond the obvious benefits such as self-esteem and teamwork, he explains that sport can teach youth how to work in a community and see oneself as part of a bigger whole. That is especially important, Adams says, when society today seems to reward narcissism.

No matter your role on a team, learning the importance of community and working for something beyond yourself are lessons sports can teach that are valuable in all aspects of life from school to family to career.