Compare, contrast, connect

I was delighted to be invited to the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) annual National Youth Sports Awards and fundraising dinner in Palo Alto on Saturday.

As well as looking forward to the event, I was curious about how it would compare to similar events in Scotland.

It started at 5.30pm, earlier than usual in my experience, and it was a glorious evening so drinks were served outside which is a rare occurrence in Scotland.

The event was slickly and efficiently run on time with all the formalities complete by 10pm, very unusual at home. There were very few speeches and these were short with most of the communication and presentations being done as seated interviews and discussions managed by PCA’s new partners, FOX Sports, so all done very slickly.

The auction was hosted by a pocket-rocket female presenter who wrapped it up in about 20mins!

Best of all was the Lifetime Achievement award presented to Billie Jean King. She told brilliant stories and had the audience in raptures while sitting on a couch being interviewed by ex USA female soccer captain, Julie Foudy.

I was very lucky to be introduced to Billie Jean at the pre-dinner reception. She was so friendly, claiming she has Scottish ancestry, which her friend Alan Cumming had confirmed. She asked me if I knew Alan and wasn’t he a wonderful actor? Of course I agreed, and for yet another time the world feels small but friendly and all connections do lead back home to Scotland...


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