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Youth sports as a development zone: Jim Thompson at TEDxFargo

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Jim Thompson is founder of Positive Coaching Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to using sports to develop Better Athletes, Better People. An Ashoka Fellow, Jim has written nine books including Elevating Your Game: Becoming A Triple-Impact Competitor. He is a faculty member in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program where he teaches courses in coaching, leadership and sport & spirituality.

Youth sports is dominated by a win-at-all-cost mentality that leads to undesired and sometimes tragic results. Jim Thompson articulates a powerful competing vision powered by a growing movement to make youth sports a “Development Zone” to develop Better Athletes, Better People, which, with 40 million youth playing sports, will have far-reaching positive impacts on our country.

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Chateau Mangaroo says:

I liked this video. Very informative and still relevant.

Tom Bomar says:

The ripple effects of Frosty Westering and the Pacific Lutheran Football program are a great example of changing lives and this nation through character lessons presented through sport.

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