Ronney Wins Coveted National Youth Sports Double-Goal Award from the Positive Coaching Alliance
San Diego, CA –Karen Ronney, girls tennis coach at Patrick Henry High School, won 2009 Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted Double-Goal National Coach of the Year Award for her positive impact on coaching athletes and writing a comprehensive parenting book that has garnished 29 publishing awards. Ronney was selected from a nation-wide search of hundreds and was named a Double-Goal Coach Award recipient – whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports.
Karen and Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders at the PCA Awards Presentation.
Karen was honored by the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) at the Eighth Annual National Youth Sports Awards Ceremony sponsored by Deloitte at Stanford University. The award was presented by Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist Summer Sanders among a crowd of approximately 400 who attended the event at Maples Pavilion.
Ronney is a veteran USPTA and PTR tennis pro, National U.S. Tennis Association QuickStart and RCW coach, tennis camp director and a National Special Olympics coach.
“Winning this award is a great tribute to Karen’s work with youth athletes, considering there are 4 million youth sports coaches nationwide,” said Jim Thompson, PCA’s founder and executive director and author of The Double-Goal Coach. “More importantly, Karen’s work with youth athletes makes them winners.”
Leading her team to the 2008 and 2009 Eastern League girls' Tennis championships, Ronney employed an unusual mix of teaching both tennis and life skills. “I would like the lessons learned through sports to transcend into life,” said Ronney, author of Proud Parents' Guide to Raising Athletic, Balanced, and Coordinated Kids: A Lifetime of Benefit in Just 10 Minutes A Day.
Since its recent release, Proud Parents’ Guide has won 29 publishing awards the prestigious Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Parenting Book 2008, the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2009 and the Best Parenting Book 2008 from iParenting Media Awards by Disney.
In addition to the notebook program, Ronney also employs unique methods to inspire athletes and improve communication such as team-bonding tie-dye t-shirt parties to make their competition uniforms, a mentoring program called “Secret Pals” that pairs younger and older athletes, and the use of innovative coordination and agility exercises outlined in Proud Parents’ Guide. Ronney, a former touring professional and an NCAA All-Conference standout from CSUN, also uses many of these techniques with toddlers preschoolers and special needs athletes.
Ronney was one of a select few who received PCA award, which also included a presentation of the Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement to Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University Head Women’s Basketball Coach, who has won two NCAA Championships and an Olympic Gold Medal as coach of the 1996 U.S. Women’s National Team. Joining VanDerveer at the event are many of her current and former players, including two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, former WNBA star and PCA National Advisory Board Member Ruthie Bolton.
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Karen Ronney Appears on FOX & FRIENDS National News Debate: Genetic Testing Kids for the Sports Gene
December 2008: New York: Coach Karen, an expert in parenting and coaching kids, was asked to participate on a live FOX NEWS debate on FOX & FRIENDS to discuss the ethics of genetic sports testiing kids for the sports gene.
For the full story and genetic testing, click on For Parents.
Karen Ronney Joins San Diego Channel 6 News in the Morning
to talk about the Proud Parents' Guide Unique Program
Catch Coach Karen on National Radio
Mom Talk Radio : With radio host Maria T. Bailey who is dedicated to the concerns of real-life momthers. Coach Karen visited with Maria and they talked about how to get kids more active and fit while having fun and developing athleticism and coordination. Maria's show connects with over 250,000 moms each week and is archived online as well podcasted through iTunes. The show was named “Best Mom Radio” by American Baby and Parents magazine and has been featured in “O” magazine and USA Today.
http://www.momtalkradio.com/shows/. Click on free podcast at iTunes. Coach Karen and Maria discuss the benefits of getting parents and their children to play sports activities together.
Positive Parenting: Mr Dad : With Host Marc Bernier invited Coach Karen to speak on his live radio program "Book Marc" from Daytona Beach, Fla.
September 2008- Karen coaches and speaks at the LA84 Foundation National Junior Tennis League Community workshop at the UCLA Tennis Center. Story and photos on page 5 of the SCTA Newsletter.
March - 2008 Coach Karen with tennis Olympic Gold Medalist and Television Commentator Mary Jo Fernandez at Disney World to kick of the USTA's new QuickStart tennis program as a part of ESPN The Weekend sports extravaganza.
Author and Coach Karen with tennis legend Dennis Van der Meer at a National Special Olympics workshop and tournament.
Hilton Head Island, SC - Coach Karen was invited to be part of an elite group of about of about 20 tennis pros, who taught, umpired and helped out at the National Special Olympics in February. This prestigious event was a national tournament for the top Special Olympic tennis players across the country along with their their parents and coaches at the Van der Meer Tennis Academy. The four-day event started with a parade of athletes and an intense QuickStart training of 100 volunteer college students, who partnered with the athletes in a fun and competitve doubles tournament. Coach Karen also trained with tennis legend Dennis Van der Meer (pictured above), who is also the President and Founder of the Professional Tennis Registry. Ronney, also an official USTA Southern California Sectional Umpire (below) officiated matches and helped the athletes.