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Tara VanDerveer On Having FUN!

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Tara VanDerveer is one of the top coaches in college basketball history. The 2011 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame led the 1996 U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team to a gold medal, has twice coached Stanford University teams to NCAA Championships and became just the fifth Division I women's basketball coach to win more than 900 games. She has led Stanford to 11 NCAA Final Four appearances and 22 Pac-12 Conference titles. She is known for her positivity and depth of character.

In this video from a PCA Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Awards Ceremony Sponsored by Deloitte, VanDerveer discusses why having fun should be the only reason anyone should play sports. It is important for anyone, whether you are a parent, student-athlete, or coach, to realize this and to understand that playing sports is “not a job and shouldn’t be a job”. VanDerveer challenges everyone to keep the fun in playing because that has helped bring success to her own teams.