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Why Today’s Athletes Are Lonely & What to Do About It

15shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I’m not sure what you think NBA players do between games, but my guess is, it’s wrong. Those young players are not merely signing autographs, attending parties in their honor and soaking up culture and society. According to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, many of them are lonely. In fact,…

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What Parents Should Say as Their Kids Perform

In my work at Growing Leaders, we enjoy the privilege of serving numerous NCAA and professional sports teams each year. After meeting with hundreds of coaches and athletes, I noticed an issue kept surfacing in our conversations. Both the student-athlete and the coach were trying to solve the same problem. What was that problem?

The parents of the student-athletes.

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The Truth About Ownership in Athletics Today

9shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn   Most coaches I talk to today mourn the struggle they have with their young players taking “ownership” of the team. Why aren’t they more responsible? Why don’t they think for themselves? Why do they need me to confront poor behavior from teammates and not do it themselves? Where…

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A Powerful Leadership Lesson from a Super Bowl Athlete

38shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn You don’t have to love football to know—the 2019 Super Bowl will take place this Sunday. The NFC champion Los Angeles Rams will take on the AFC champion New England Patriots in my hometown, Atlanta, Georgia. Two great teams will square off to determine who will be the champion…

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Athletes & Mental Health: Two Changes We Need to Make

12shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn You may remember Tyler Hilinski, the Washington State University quarterback who took his own life last January. His football team took a knee as they launched a new season this year—visually acknowledging their fallen teammate, and further shining a spotlight on a significant and growing issue for student athletes:…

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How Do We Build Good Leaders in High School Athletics?

9shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn A high school basketball coach surprised me when he told me recently that he couldn’t get any of his boys on the team to be the “captain.” Typically, he said, the team votes on each season’s new captains, but when the votes were counted, the two students who got…

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Seven Ways to Prevent Athletes From a De-Commit or Transfer

9shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I know a high school senior who was recruited to play volleyball at a NCAA Division One School. Emily told me the coaches “courted” her for months until she finally committed to play there. And then, when she actually showed up to play, things were different. After a week…

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