I grew up in sports since I was four years old and all I have ever known was sports. Sports was my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sports was my language, my solitude, and my chance. Then my sports career felt like it ended so quickly upon graduating from PITT. The world confused me. I had a fancy chemistry degree with a full-blown identity crisis headwind.
All I kept thinking post game day was, “who am I beyond sports?” I was a full blown, “grow through what you go through” and yet the outside world thought I had it all together! Life growing up was school, practice #1, eat, practice #2, homework, repeat, with Saturdays and Sundays being softball all day. I had (and have) such a strong family foundation that knew how to shepherd me towards discipline, sacrifice, and consistency, while also letting me experience failure along the journey. Now what?
Now I get to live my life’s purpose. I get to utilize my innate athletic building blocks and acquired corporate critical skill sets to be your champion for change and a chance. Firstly, I get to be a chameleon, wolf, and lion at the same time. I am a chameleon because I am curious, not afraid of change and adapt to my environment. Secondly, I am a wolf because I can lead from the front or back depending on what the team needs. Thirdly, I am a lion because I know how to tap into my beast mode and WIN with respect and integrity, even if I am not the biggest, fastest, or smartest one in the room.
I have found “MY WHY” by the age of 34 years old. I am diving all the way in because there is no bigger honor than this. I get to be a part of bettering others through leveraging the language of sports, and being a business coach for athletes. Altruism. I am an athlete for a lifetime forward.