The Mind Can Overcome Even the Most Impossible (and Everyday) Circumstances

Uncategorized Oct 26, 2018

At The Sport of School Academy, I help student-athletes use mindfulness to find success on the field and in the classroom. Mindfulness is the state of active, open attention to the present.

I had recently read in a book called “Why We Decide” by Jonah Lehrer. The story is just one of the examples that I use when working with athletes in our sessions about Mindfulness, but it is also a story where we can all learn something in some way, when we apply it to certain situations.

The story starts in 1949 in Montana. A stray bolt of lightning had set fire to the ground in the grassy highlands. A parachute brigade of firefighters, known as “smokejumpers” was dispatched to put out the blaze.

Wag Dodge, a veteran smokejumper with nine years experience, was in charge. The brigade was told that the fire was small, just a few burning acres in the Mann Gulch river valley. It is where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, pine trees give way to prairie grass, and the...

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The Key to the Recruiting Process is Good Grades

Uncategorized Oct 26, 2018

There has been a lot written lately about how parents can help their child improve on-field performance and by doing so, improve their child’s collegiate recruiting profile. However, for most student-athletes, academic performance will prove to be the critical determining factor in their success as potential college recruits.

Academic performance in the recruiting process receives far less focus than it should. Good grades represent the most significant upside opportunity for enhancing a student-athlete’s recruiting profile and overall appeal. Perhaps more importantly, it is one of the only things that the student-athlete and the family can actually control. 

The harsh reality is that all the money and energy families put into the recruiting process mean little if student-athletes are unable to achieve the grades necessary to be admitted to their college of choice. Admissions requirements for lacrosse players are statistically challenging. At the moment, there are...

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The Road to "Georgetown" Begins with a Vision

Uncategorized Oct 26, 2018

A friend of mine attended a very nice small college in Pennsylvania. Several years ago, she had gotten together with her college girlfriends for somewhat of a college reunion. Instead of reuniting at their alma mater, they chose the Georgetown area of D.C. due it's central location for all.

While they were there, they visited the Georgetown University campus. She had never been to Georgetown. If you have never been there, it is so beautiful. The atmosphere is unbelievable. The history is amazing. The cobblestones. The buildings. Just beautiful.

After her weekend there, she said, “If I had known in high school that there was a college like Georgetown, I would have worked a lot harder.” Her statement struck me. What she is really saying is, "If I had the vision to go to a school like Georgetown, I would have worked much harder in high school to assure that I could go to an elite school like that." So, now I suggest to...

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