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Coaching Corps, NBC Sports Bay Area Announce 5th Annual "Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards," Top Bay Area Athletes to Honor Influential Coaches and Mentors

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"Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards" Presented by Levi's®

Airing January 13 at 7:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area

Golden State Warriors Guard Klay Thompson; San Francisco Giants
Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval; Oakland A's Shortstop Marcus Semien; San
Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin; and Former Oakland
Raiders Defensive Back Charles Woodson will Honor Their Coaches and
Mentors; and Lindsay Gottlieb, Head Basketball Coach, University of
California, Berkeley will be presented with a Game Changer Award by
Coaching Corps

Coaching Corps (@CoachingCorps) and NBC Sports Bay Area
(@NBCSAuthentic), the home of "Authentic Bay Area Sports," today
announced the 5th Annual
Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards
, presented by Levi's®, airing January
13 at 7:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.
 This event will support
Coaching Corps' mission to provide youth from low-income communities
access to caring and well-trained coaches. The Coaching Corps
Game Changer Awards
 will feature top Bay Area professional athletes
celebrating the profound influence of coaches on their lives and the
community.

The presenters – prominent Bay Area athletes whose lives have been
shaped by the mentorship and transformative influence of caring coaches
– are:

  • Klay Thompson, 3-time NBA Champion Guard, Golden State Warriors
    will honor Jerry DeBusk, Head Basketball Coach, Santa
    Margarita Catholic High School (1992-2012)
  • Pablo Sandoval, 3-time World Series Champion Infielder, San
    Francisco Giants will honor Bruce Bochy, 3-time World
    Series Champion Manager, San Francisco Giants (2007-present)
  • Marcus Semien, Shortstop, Oakland Athletics will honor Ron
    Washington
    , 3rd Base and Infield Coach, Oakland Athletics
    (1996-2006, 2015-2016), Former MLB player and manager
  • Marquise Goodwin, Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers will honor Richard
    McCroan
    , Coach and Director of Football Operations, Rowlett High
    School (2000-present)
  • Charles Woodson, Heisman Trophy Winner and Super Bowl Champion
    Cornerback and Safety, Oakland Raiders (1998-2005, 2013-2015) will
    honor Vance Bedford, College Football Assistant Coach
    (1985-2016)
  • Kristine Anigwe, 3-time first team All-Pac-12, Cal Basketball
    will present Lindsay Gottlieb, Head Basketball Coach
    University of California, Berkeley, with a Coaching Corps Game Changer
    Award

For the pinnacle moment of the evening, the Coaching Corps Game
Changer Awards 
will honor Baltimore-based Benita Vargas with
the Coach of the Year Award, a distinction given to Coaching Corps
volunteers who have shown exceptional dedication to the kids they coach.

The 5th Annual Coaching Corps Game
Changer Awards
, a two-hour program, is hosted by NBC Sports Bay
Area's Dave Feldman (@FeldyNBCS) and Ahmed
Fareed
 (@FareedNBCS). The awards ceremony will be taped on
Wednesday, January 9 at the Fairmont San Francisco. After the broadcast
debut, the show will re-air on NBC Sports Bay Area January 13 at
10 p.m. PST and January 14 at 8:00 p.m. PST
. Visit NBCSportsBayArea.com for
additional air dates and times.

"The Annual Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards is an extraordinary
evening where professional athletes share their personal stories of how
their coaches influenced their lives," said Wally Haas, founder and
board chair, Coaching Corps. "At Coaching Corps, we believe all young
people should have access to the lasting life lessons instilled by
compassionate coaches. The generous support from our event sponsors
ensures that we can reach as many children as possible."

"Unlike their middle- and upper-income peers, playing sports is not a
reality for many children living in low-income communities who are being
priced out of playing sports," said Janet Carter, president and CEO,
Coaching Corps. "By raising awareness, the Game Changer Awards helps
give kids access to mentors who we train to help kids build character
and life skills through sports."

"We are honored to be a part of the Coaching Corps Game Changer
Awards
, an extraordinary event that celebrates the influence of
coaches on the lives of young people," said Matt Murphy, senior vice
president and general manager of NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports
California. "Playing sports under the guidance of these professionally
trained coaches is not only fun for kids, it gives them the opportunity
to learn skills that will serve throughout their lives. We hope this
wonderful evening will inspire others to get involved with Coaching
Corps, and we extend our great appreciation to the Bay Area sports teams
who are participating in the Game Changer Awards."

About Coaching Corps:

Since 2012, Coaching Corps has been fueling a movement of skilled
coaches to give kids in underserved communities the sports mentors they
want and deserve. By partnering with over 500 afterschool programs
across the country, Coaching Corps has provided more than 150,000
underprivileged kids with the opportunity to play sports under the
guidance of a caring, well-trained coach. Informed by the latest
research on youth character development, Coaching Corps trains coaches
to foster persistence, optimism, self-regulation and empathy in kids,
providing coaches with the ongoing support they need to ensure girls and
boys in under-resourced communities learn skills that last lifetimes.
Coaching Corps will unveil the first-ever Coaching
Corps Hall of Fame
 – a digital, community-centered campaign that
gives people a way to honor and build support for special coaches who
have made a difference – on Monday, January 14, 2019. Learn more about
Coaching Corps at www.coachingcorps.org.

About NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California:

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports
Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern
California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. NBC Sports Bay Area, the
television home of MLB's San Francisco Giants, NBA's Golden State
Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco
49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news,
analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live
coverage of MLB's Oakland Athletics, NBA's Sacramento Kings, NHL's San
Jose Sharks, MLS's San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional
sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks
deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year.
NBCSportsBayArea.com and NBCSportsCalifornia.com provide fans with
comprehensive digital coverage of the hometown teams with original
stories and content from a team of "Insiders," breaking news,
up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights and multimedia video
clips. Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic;
Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic.

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