“Coaching is Teaching” with Eric McMahon

Coaching and teaching require similar skillsets. Leaders in each must develop subject matter expertise, create cultures rich with learning, and share information with students/athletes. The “classrooms” look different (some might have desks, others might have hoops or barbells), but the methods and objectives are similar. Eric McMahon understands those similarities. He played college football at…

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The “Power” of Service-Learning

Powerlifting can be a hyper-individualized sport. The push for individual improvement is an essential component of the experience. When it goes wrong (too much focus on oneself), it can lead to self-obsession, obsessive compulsions, and narcissism. When it goes well, however, it can be one of the most powerful learning opportunities in all of sport.…

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What’s Your Goal, Coach?

On a beautiful September afternoon, I stopped in to watch a few of our Good Athlete Project coaches lead their teams in a tough youth football battle. It was everything one could ask for: energy, autumn atmosphere, support. The two coaches I watched did an amazing job toeing the line between tough and kind. They…

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Don’t be afraid to go ALL IN

Testing the water is safe. However, folks occasionally find themselves stuck in a constant state of testing, unwilling to jump in. Knowing when to go “ALL IN” is key.

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3 Keys to Support Mental Health in the Weightroom

The weight room can be one of the most powerful learning environments in all of athletics. For 9 months each year (an offseason), dedicated educators create cultures within a “classroom” full of novelty, goal-directed behavior, hard work and fun. Time after time, young people report learning valuable lessons in the squat rack, or between sets…

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Intern To Strength Coach: My Time At Northwestern University

my natural social personality is to be laid back and let things come to me. No such thing as a laid back strength coach when you’re asking an athlete to squat twice their body weight at 6 AM on a Monday morning

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Northside Speed & Power, Spring 2021

The Good Athlete Project just wrapped up another installment of Northside Speed and Power, an elite youth-focused speed and performance camp in the Chicagoland area. These camps focus on long-term athlete development, both physical and psychological. Coaches onboard essential movement patterns – what they refer to as “the phonics of movement“ – to improve not…

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Redefining Physical Education with Michael Jennings

Health and Physical Education are the most important subjects taught in our schools. This is not an opinion; it is a fundamental truth. Though we might try to convince ourselves otherwise, there is no philosophy, skill, or calculus that could override a human’s need to care for their own health. As the old proverb goes, “a healthy person worries about a thousand things; a sick person worries about only one thing.”

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Diaper Need at the Infant Welfare Society

The Angel B. Harvey Infant Welfare Society of Chicago has been serving communities in Chicago for more than 100 years. In 1908, the organization was founded in response to high rates of infant mortality in the Chicagoland area. It began as a “milk station,” where babies could be weighed served clean, fresh, pasteurized milk. Since that time, the organization has evolved into a full service, primary preventative care location for all ages.

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Presence Creates Possibility

On November 28 2020, Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game. Two weeks later, she kicked a field goal for the Commodores, becoming the first woman to score in a Power 5 football game. In the course of two weeks, Sarah Fuller had made her mark on football history.

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