As the NFL Draft comes to town this week, representatives from the NFL front office, Chicago Bears and the college coaching ranks will gather on Tuesday, April 28th for a conversation around all things football, as part of the event “Character and Football”, presented by the Chicago chapter of the national nonprofit organization Positive Coaching Alliance. PCA is committed to developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports.

Stanford University Football Coach David Shaw, who will be a part of the NFL Network’s Draft coverage, Northwestern University Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald, Chicago Bears Director of Player Development Jerry Butler, NFL VP of Player Engagement and Education Deana Garner and NFL Agent Mike McCartney will participate in a roundtable discussion exploring this year’s draft prospects, character in the NFL, college recruiting, youth football trends and other topics in football. Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network will moderate the discussion.

The event will take place at Wieboldt Hall, Room 147, on Northwestern’s downtown campus (340 E. Superior Street. There is a VIP meet and greet with the panelists at 5:15pm, with the event starting at 6:15pm. Tickets ($25 for general admission, $75 for VIP) are still available for this event.

“NFL Draft week will be an exciting time for the city of Chicago and the sports community here,” said PCA-Chicago Chapter Executive Director Jason Sacks. “PCA wants to use this opportunity to bring together some experts in the football community to talk about important topics at every level of the game, from the NFL down to youth sports. We are looking forward to the insight provided by some of the top minds in professional and college football.”


PCA-Chicago is currently partnered with over 90 schools and youth sports organizations in the area, in which they present live workshops and online courses for their coaches, parents and student-athletes. Workshop and course content, companion books by PCA Founder and CEO Jim Thompson and follow-up e-communications all contain research-based sport psychology and educational psychology, plus tips and advice from elite coaches, athletes and sports and business leaders on a National Advisory Board that also includes PCA’s National Spokesperson, former Bulls Head Coach Phil Jackson.

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Since its founding within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance has helped develop “Better Athletes, Better People” primarily through live group workshopsonline courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders. In partnership with nearly 2,000 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide, PCA has conducted more than 13,000 live group workshops and impacted more than 6 million youth.

PCA workshops and courses strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development ZoneTM where the goal is to develop Better Athletes, Better People and the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

  • The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports
  • The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
  • The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson and other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics.