Dear Athlete, Life Threw You a Curve

life after sports Apr 03, 2020

A special message to all impacted by COVID-19

Cry, my dear athlete. Life threw you a curve.
It took the game you loved and gave you pain you didn’t deserve.
I said, cry, my dear athlete. Don’t hold back your tears.
You’ve lost the game you love. The one you’ve played for years.
I said cry, my dear athlete. Because you’ve lost a sense of self.
One moment you were a star. And now you feel like everyone else...
Wait! No. Don’t cry, my dear athlete! You’ve been here once before.
The grit it took to get here is the strength that will carry you forward.
I said don’t cry, my dear athlete. Who told you life was done?
Yeah, your sports career may be over, but life has just begun.
So no, don’t you cry my dear athlete. I know life threw you a curve. 
It took the game you loved and gave you pain you didn’t deserve.
So no, don’t cry my dear athlete, because you are not alone.
There are thousands of athletes just like you who don’t...

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NCAA Feature Article - Darryll's letter to sport

life after sports sports Sep 19, 2019

In celebration of the NCAA's 150-year anniversary, they released a video highlighting our very own Darryll Stinson's letter to sport. 

Check out the article and video by clicking here.

Help us thank our good friends at the NCAA for all the work they do for current and former athletes by sharing the video, commenting and engaging.

Also, if you are or know of a former athlete that still struggles to find themselves after sports, let them know that we're here to help them find identity, discover purpose and build their dreams. Our movement is strong and the camaraderie is amazing.

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Speed of the Game, Seasons of Life

life after sports Aug 16, 2019

Athletes and high-performers have a desire to reach elite levels of success in all areas of life. It is this desire to achieve more that causes the speed of the game of life to move at a lightning-fast pace. Just like athletes must learn to adapt to different game speeds, they must also learn to adapt to the speeds and rhythms of life.

Throughout this video, Ryan and Darryll share tips and strategies on how former athletes can learn to run at the speed that's congruent with their season.

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Sacrifice pt. 2 - Time

life after sports sports Aug 01, 2019

You can get more money, but you cannot get more time. 

Time is something that every athlete sacrifices to reach their potential on the field. 

The problem is that some athletes spend too much time on sports-related activities that they miss out on family moments and some of the best memories of those closest to them. 

Watch this video as we discuss how the time athletes spend on sports impacts their life during and after their career. 

 

Want to hear more about life after sports or connect with other (former) athletes? Click here to get the latest SCA content and news.

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Sacrifice pt. 1 - The Body

Have you ever put your body on the line during your athletic career?

Throughout this video, Darryll and Ryan talk about how athletes often sacrifice their bodies for the good of the team. 

Check it out. 

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Darryll and Ryan's Personal Intro to private Facebook Group

life after sports Jul 03, 2019

Check out this welcome video for our private Facebook group highlighting our journeys, why we decided to start the group and what you can expect to get out of engaging.

To request to join the group, click herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/secondchanceathletes

 

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Camaraderie

life after sports Jun 28, 2019

Are you tired of nobody getting hype with you in the board room like your teammates used to in the locker room?

Or, maybe you’re like me and wish that somebody would join you in doing push-ups in between sending emails?

Either way, watch this video. It may be what you need.

Join our private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2005277469731894/?source_id=324382598079384

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Character

Welcome to the first must-have that every former athlete must develop — character. 

Too many athletes end up with felonies, divorces and public humiliation due to their unwillingness to make developing good character a top priority.

Watch this short video to hear my thoughts on the subject and how you can protect your success by developing good character. 

For must-haves 2-5, visit Five-Must Haves for Former Athletes.

 

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Five Must-Haves for Former Athletes

life after sports May 28, 2019

Every year, millions of athletes around the world transition out of sports unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with their new life. This not only the case with professional athletes but with college students as well if their athletic dreams do not materialize as they had hoped or if they are derailed by an injury as I was. Athletes with a strong athletic identity define themselves on the basis of their sport. Their sense of worth, self-esteem, and success are all connected with being an athlete. 

My athletic transition sent me into the darkest depression of my life. I lost 60 pounds in 4 weeks while making multiple attempts at suicide. Everything changed for me when I had a life-changing encounter in a psychiatric unit in Detroit, MI that gave me hope that my life had a purpose beyond sports. After years of soul searching, prayer and research, I was able to discover my purpose and build a life that I love. Now through Second Chance Athletes, I’ve been able to help other...

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When Loyalty Goes Wrong

life Feb 18, 2019

I believe in loyalty. It’s very important to me.

I believe in sticking with people no matter what — through good times and bad times.

However, sometimes I see people say they are loyal when they actually are just stuck in their ways.

In sports, many people are loyal to whatever professional team is the closest to their hometown. I’ve never been that guy. I was born and raised in Michigan and have never been a fan of the Lions. When my family moved to metro Atlanta a little more than a year ago, I immediately became an Atlanta Falcons fan. Lol. Yes #bandwagon!

I talk about my loyalty and my bandwagon switch in this short video below.

Why?

Because I’m loyal to winning, not losing.

Because I’m loyal to people, not programs.

I’m OK if you feel differently about the Lions. But my point is too many people stay loyal to things that they should have gotten rid of a long time ago.

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