MILWAUKEE -- Former Astros pitcher, broadcaster and manager Larry Dierker was the keynote speaker at the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) annual awards banquet at the Houston Club on Saturday morning.
Dierker emphasized parents, in addition to coaches, need to be mindful of how they interact with kids during sporting events, noting that even one isolated incident of an adult unfairly berating a child can have lasting effects on a kid throughout his or her life.
He also encouraged the kids to try their hand at many different sports.
"You never know when one sport, and the skills you learn from it, will help you play another," Dierker said, noting Houston sports stars Hakeem Olajuwon and Jeff Bagwell were star soccer players as high schoolers.
The PCA is a national non-profit organization committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.
More than 130 student-athletes applied for the Triple-Impact Competitor scholarship and over 26 finalists were selected, all of whom were in attendance at the banquet. Over the previous two years, the Houston chapter of the PCA has awarded $28,000 in collegiate scholarships and gave away another $26,000 this year.
Houston businessman and philanthropist Bobby Tudor was honored as the recipient of the Triple-Impact Professional Award. Local sports radio personality John Granato emceed the event, and former Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy also was in attendance.