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Billingsley, Chhim are Triple-Impact Athletes

Dax Billingsley of Lynn English (pictured above) and Alvin Chhim of Classical have been named Triple-Impact Competitors by Positive Coaching Alliance-New England. (ITEM FILE PHOTO)

NEWTON — Alvin Chhim of Lynn Classical and Dax Billingsley of English, both seniors, have been named Triple-Impact Competitors by Positive Coaching Alliance-New England.

Billingsley, a swimmer and baseball player; and Chhim, who has played football, basketball and run track for the Rams, are among 15 New England high school scholar-athletes to receive this recognition. The designation also means Chhim and Billingsley are finalists for a PCA-New England Triple-Impact Competitor scholarship.

PCA’s Triple-Impact Competitor Finalists were honored by PCA at the Harvard/Dartmouth men’s basketball game Saturday.  Harvard coach Tommy Amaker is a member of PCA’s National Advisory Board.

Triple-Impact Competitors are selected 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 provide testimonials from a school administrator, a coach, and at least one from an individual who is familiar with the athletes and able to speak to their embodiment of the Triple-Impact Competitor principals.

“We learned a great deal about Alvin’s character while reviewing his essay responses and references,” said Beth O’Neill Maloney, executive director of PCA’s New England chapter.  “Alvin’s commitment to turning negative situations into positive ones, his heart, and his appreciation of how sports have helped shape him into the person he is today impressed all of us at PCA.

“Alvin is a leader with a positive mindset, appreciated on the playing field and in the classroom by his teammates, classmates, coaches, and teachers,” she said. ” He is a person of high character and a  Triple-Impact Competitor.”

“Dax’s references demonstrate that he is the kind of athlete who puts team above self, and knows not only how to compete but also how to laugh, smile, and keep it all in perspective,” said Mahoney. ” Dax’s positive attitude combined with his commitment to community service makes PCA proud to recognize Dax as a Triple-Impact Competitor.”

Current high school juniors can apply for a Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship between now and May 31. Applications and more information can be found at www.positivecoach.org/our-awards/triple-impact-competitor-scholarships/.

Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit group that partners with youth and high school athletic programs to provide young athletes with a positive, character-building youth sports experience.

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