Christine Erickson, student at Columbia Heights High School was one of 10 Minnesota high school scholar athletes to receive a Triple-Impact Competitor scholarship from Positive Coaching Alliance–Minnesota. Erickson, a stand-out varsity diving, softball and swimmer for the Hylanders, accepted her scholarship at a ceremony held for the 10 recipients Nov. 13 at the Radisson Blu at Mall of America.

Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarships are awarded to senior athletes based on their essays explaining how they meet three criteria: personal mastery (making oneself better), leadership (making one’s teammates better) and honoring the game (making the game better). Recipients must have a grade point average of at least 2.5, and must provide testimonials from a school administrator, a coach, and at least one from an individual who is familiar with the student-athlete and able to speak to his/her embodiment of the Triple-Impact Competitor principles.

“We learned a great deal about Ms. Erickson’s character while reviewing her essay responses,” said Amy Sinclair, executive director of PCA’s Minnesota chapter. “But the information we learned from reference letters and interviewing Christine made it evident that she is exactly what we look for in our scholarship recipients – an outstanding student athlete who’s learned valuable life lessons through the youth sports experience.”

Current high school juniors can apply for a Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship from Jan. 1 to May 31, 2018. Applications and more information can be found at

Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit working to develop “Better Athletes, Better People” by partnering with youth and high school athletic programs to provide young athletes with a positive, character-building youth sports experience.

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