Successful mentors often inspire their mentees to guide others in turn. It’s a cycle, and Annette Lopez is right in the middle of it. Annette’s father was her mentor; he coached her from a young age guiding her through a bevy of sports—anything in season was fair game.

Today, Annette like her father, is a standout coach in her own right. Realizing the profound impact that sports has had on her life, Annette is a true believer in the transformative power of sports. She takes her role as a coach seriously and works to ensure that every one of her young athletes knows that they have a coach who believes in them.

On January 27th, Annette will be honored at Coaching Corps’ third annual Game Changer Awards which celebrates the power of coaches to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of those they serve. Coaching Corps will also honor the coaches of athletic greats, including Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, NaVorro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers  and Kendall Graveman of the Oakland A’s.

The importance of strong coaches as mentors is abundantly clear in creating positive change. Looking to 2017, we know the future will require an unwavering commitment to positive youth development, particularly in communities that are struggling with the stresses of poverty. We are dedicated to recruiting, training and supporting amazing coaches, like Annette, who are focused on using sports to make a meaningful difference in the lives of youth.

As always, thank you for your continuous support of our work – from the countless hours you serve volunteering to the funding you provide. When it comes to making a positive impact in underserved communities across the country, we know we’re in it together.

Yours in play,

Janet Carter

 



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