Gratitude (and Honor?)

When a child is hungry, they eat. As that child ages into maturity, sensations as simple as hunger take on different significance. What they eat begins to matter, so does their method of procuring food. When a toddler steals a mashed handful of beans from his parent’s plate, people laugh. When a high school senior…

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Antonio Brown: Not a Culture Fit… Anywhere

Note: This is a reposted article from the Oakland Raiders experiment of last season. Head Coach Jon Gruden amassed a squad full of high talent, but questionable character. It didn’t work out… This year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked like they might be a Super Bowl contender before adding the notorious Antonio Brown. In Brown’s…

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USA Weightlifting H.S. Throwdown Champions: New Trier (IL)

The post from USA Weightlifting reads, “Congratulations to the Strongest High School in America, New Trier (IL)!” The New Trier Trevians just won the USA Weightlifting High School Throwdown, a National competition that tests athletes in bench press, squat, and power clean. It is a virtual event, wherein students submit each of their lifts (as…

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The Framework for a Team Conversation on Race

By Maurice McDavid and Jim Davis The team setting offers coaches (mentors) to have essential conversations with athletes (students). It is not always easy, and the methods are not always obvious, but with the right approach, the team setting can be the platform for truly meaningful education. In a recent workshop with the athletes and…

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3 Keys to Championship Culture with Coach Mike Hohensee

In the early morning, before the sun has baked the mist of night from the green expanse of Skokie playfields in Winnetka, Illinois, you can find Coach Mike Hohensee mentoring student athletes. He’s adjusting the technique of a talented young quarterback. He’s focused on footwork, posture, and the nuances of elite performance. The athletes he’s…

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Athlete Spotlight: Eli Dertz

Athlete Spotlight: Elijah Dertz This fall, Elijah Dertz is entering his freshman year at Loras College. He will take the skills and lessons learned from his time at Eastland High School and apply them to this new chapter of his life. Being a student athlete requires a lot of discipline and hard work, but Dertz…

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Before Labeling an Athlete ‘Uncoachable,’ Try This

This article was first published with Power Athlete – thanks to their editors for the opportunity. Coaches are in the business of taking people to places they would not have been able to go alone. They are leaders, mentors, and motivators. They are guides. For these Sherpas of athletic purpose, there is nothing more frustrating…

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Bayless Skips the Modern Definition of ‘Leader’

This article was originally published over at TeamEmbrace.net Skip Bayless made headlines this week with his callous response to a professional athlete’s mental health concern. Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott admitted that when the quarantine first began he struggled with anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Bayless wasn’t having it. “I don’t have sympathy for him going public…

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Boost Your Brain with Dr. John Ratey

John Ratey changed my life. As an athlete and coach, I had felt the connection between body and mind – for me, there was never truly a divide between the two. Body and mind were part of the same synchronous unit. But it was not until I read Dr. Ratey’s book, “SPARK: The Revolutionary New…

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“Powerlifters are Pot-Smokers”: the Issue with Sample Bias

It is human nature to jump to conclusions based on our experience. Though the bark of a dog or a baby’s cry could mean many things, the listener will experience an immediate reaction. If the initial reaction is that the dog is angry and the baby is hungry, they will be correct… occasionally. Experienced professionals…

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