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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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. 

 

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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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How to accept the end of your sports career

life after sports sports Feb 18, 2019

How to accept the end of your sports career

It was hard for me to watch other players succeed after my sports career ended. It’s not that I wasn’t happy for them. I was happy when athletes I played with or against succeeded. The reason why it was so hard to watch them succeed was because their success reminded me of my failure. In a recent post, I talked about how I eventually became a hater. Read "How to Spot a Hater: Three Warning Signs" when you get a chance to see if you or your peers have accidentally become haters.

Watching others succeed when I was no longer able to compete was literally tormenting. I couldn’t watch any football or basketball games for the first year or two after my athletic career. I hated watching people who I was better than or just as good as play at a level that I physically couldn’t anymore. I felt worthless, helpless and depressed.

Every time I would watch a professional athlete who was a former teammate or competitor play, I...

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How to Spot a Hater: Three Warning Signs

The funny thing about athletics is that even when teams win, people still find a way to tear them apart. They say “the game was fixed or rigged.” They accuse players of shaving points. And, of course, we know everyone’s favorite is always “the refs are horrible.”

Search the hashtag #ncaachampionship to see what I mean.

No matter how dominant the winning team is, you’ll always find people who refuse to celebrate and would rather list reasons why the winning team should have lost instead of congratulating them on their win.

Many people call that bad sportsmanship. I call it being a hater.

Urban dictionary defines a hater as “a person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person."

Don’t you love that definition? Isn’t that exactly what haters do? As metal detectors are to metal so haters are to flaws.

Here are three signs...

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3 must-know tips for a healthy championship game mindset

sports Feb 18, 2019

Wow. Many of us had the opportunity to watch, play, coach or officiate the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship game.

Did Donte DiVincenzo go off or what!?

Championship games come with added pressure to perform well and to win. If you’re not careful, you’ll allow the pressure will become stress. Unmanaged stress can cause you health problems. Research proves that mismanaged pressure can cause headaches, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other physical and mental complications.

I’ve been fortunate enough to play in a lot of championship competitions throughout my athletic career.

Here are three tips for a healthy championship game mindset.

1. Give it everything you’ve got!

This one is not really a surprise, huh? It’s still important to note. Nothing hurts worse than losing a championship game knowing that you could have played harder. I have been guilty of trying to save energy and take plays off. When I...

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Will you be another statistic?

life after sports sports Feb 18, 2019

You’ve heard the statistics.

  • Less than 1% of high school athletes will play professionally.
  • Nearly 80 percent of NFL players are either bankrupt or are under financial stress within two years of retirement.
  • 60% of NBA players go bankrupt within five years of leaving their sport.

You’ve heard these or similar statistics but have you ever asked why?

Why are these the statistics when coaches, athletes, teachers, and speakers warn athletes about the possibilities of becoming one of these statistics?

You’ve likely had people tell you to put together a “plan b” in case sports doesn’t work out. Yet, did you or have you put together that plan?

If you’re like me when I was playing D1 football then probably not.

But why?

Because the statistics are the results but not the problem. Asking an athlete to put together a “plan b” or “not to put all their eggs in one basket” is unsupportive of their dream to become the best and...

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The danger of talking about your potential

life after sports sports Feb 18, 2019
 
Every athlete has potential. In sports, potential is a great topic of conversation because it can motivate you to push harder and get better every day in order to reach your full potential.

 

However, talking about your potential after sports can be more toxic than it is helpful. Why? Because when you talk about your potential you're reminding yourself of what you could have been instead of celebrating who you are.

To live your best life after sports you must discipline yourself to accept your accomplishments and let go of your potential.

Potential = what you could have been. Accomplishments = what you achieved.
 
Talking about potential creates regret and low self-esteem, but talking about accomplishments generates energy and confidence.
 
Watch this short video to learn how you can accept your accomplishments, let go of your potential and move on with your life.
 

 

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Is your athlete mentality hiding your internal battles?

The struggle can be deceptive.

As athletes, we are trained to push past difficulties to reach success. It's what makes us champions. You increase our workouts - we overcome. When life gets hard - we still win.
 
The downside of the athlete's mentality is that we can often times be successful on the outside and be struggling internally.
 
Identifying an internal problem as an athlete is just one of a few topics that I touch on in this recent interview with Startinphx, a business consulting company that helps organizations double their revenue.

Other topics of discussion include:

  • Discovering your purpose
  • Managing business and life
  • Facing suicide
  • How to know if a friend is struggling with athletic identity
 
 
Also, please share this post with other athletes who may benefit from our discussions. You never know who may be struggling and needs to know they are not alone.
 
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Do you feel pressure from all sides?

faith life sports Feb 18, 2019
Athletes have an amazing ability to handle pressure. We excel when the game is tense, the competition is fierce and the fans are at the edge of their seats.
 
Yet, no matter how good we are at handling pressure there are still seasons of life that feel overwhelming. For some athletes, it’s studying for mid-terms, practicing, watching film and weightlifting all while fighting to have a winning season.
 
For others, it’s learning how to be a parent, working a full-time job, paying off debt and keeping a spouse happy.
 
I don’t know what areas of life you are being pressured, but here’s what I do know:
 
YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!
 
&
 
THIS SEASON OF PRESSURE WON’T LAST FOREVER. 
 
Either you will cave to the pressure or the pressure will cave to you.
 
My money is on you. My prayers are for you. My hope is in you.
 
Why?
 
Because you've got this!
 
If you can survive two-a-day workouts and...
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