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What is Positive Athlete Pittsburgh?

Positive Athlete Pittsburgh, led by former Steelers great Hines Ward, is a movement by high-character athletes in Western Pennsylvania to promote the benefits of “positivity” to young athletes. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition. Over $50,000 in college scholarships have been awarded thru this movement which generates over 1,000 nominees each year. We honor high school student-athletes from all over Western Pennsylvania who have overcome difficult circumstances, have given back to their schools and communities in significant ways, or just a an infectious positive attitude to brightens everyone’s day. Positive Athlete Pittsburgh and our Positive Athlet/indexe Pittsburgh e-magazine are designed to tell positive stories about the kind of role models our young athletes should aspire to be.

Seven Definitions of a Positive Athlete:

  1. Optimistic Attitude—Most coaches will tell you that an athlete who believes positive things will happen has a greater chance for success.
  2. Encouraging Teammate—In every sport, teammates are going to experience some kind of failure. Positive Athletes are the first ones to encourage them.
  3. Servant Leader—Positive Athletes do not think about being the “stars of the team.” They lead through serving others first and by setting an example.
  4. Heart for Others—Many athletes are blessed with gifts that many others are not. The Positive Athlete seeks to help the less gifted or fortunate.
  5. Admits Imperfections—This is Positive Athlete…not Perfect Athlete. Athletes willing to admit they make mistakes gain the respect of teammates and fans.
  6. Always Gives 100%—Not every athletic competition goes as planned, but a Positive Athlete always gives 100% no matter what the scoreboard says.
  7. Puts Team First—There are times when personal achievement may hurt the team’s goal. Positive Athletes choose their team.

The Positive Athlete brand was created to remind all athletes that it’s “cool to be positive.” It also creates opportunities for local companies to participate in the movement.