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Our new Special Olympics Minnesota Sports Academy is a unique opportunity for coaches to attend a day of in-person Level 2 trainings, a Positive Coaches Alliance (PCA) workshop focusing on the pursuit of winning while teaching life lessons through sports, and guest speaker sessions to enhance sports knowledge and the coaching experience. This Academy is available to any new or returning coach. We encourage coaches to attend this Academy to further develop their coaching knowledge and techniques, experience high level training sessions from our SOMN clinicians, receive PCA Double-Goal certification, and build a network of fellow SOMN coaches.

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.



9-9:40 a.m. — Sports Academy Check in – Benson Great Hall Atrium
9:45-10 a.m. — Welcome – The Underground
10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Positive Coach Alliance Training – The Underground
12-12:55 p.m. — Lunch/keynote – University of Minnesota Men’s Basketball Coach Richard Pitino
1-2 p.m. — Unified Sports Training – Special Olympics North America Brian Quinn
2:05-3 p.m. — Level 2 sports training break out session – TBA
3:05-4 p.m. — Level 2 sports training break out session – TBA
Sports Academy will end at 4:30 p.m.