Growing up in San Antonio, Texas, Game Changer Awards Coach of the Year Annette Lopez, played whatever sport was in season—and her father was almost always the coach. Despite having to readjust her athletic goals, Annette played on the NCAA championship-winning women’s rugby team while an undergrad at Stanford University. After dealing with health issues that could have ended her life, Annette began coaching with Coaching Corps. Now a graduate student at California State University, Dominguez Hills, studying occupational therapy, Annette’s tremendous coaching ability and her dedication to the children under her care are a testament the coaches who shaped her life and her own deep senses of duty and compassion.
On January 27th Coaching Corps will hold its annual Game Changer Awards to celebrate the life changing impact of coaches and mentors, both on and off the field. Bay Area professional athletes George Kontos (San Francisco Giants), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Kendall Graveman (Oakland Athletics), NaVorro Bowman (San Francisco 49ers) and Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio will reflect upon the mentors who shaped their lives.
Coaching Corps will also recognize three of our volunteer coaches whose service to the community demonstrates a true dedication to changing the game for kids. The event will air on Sunday, January 29th at 9pm PST on CSN Bay Area. Click here to learn more.