Athlete Stories

Athletes have stories to tell, and these stories often contain lessons for all of us in business. Athletes often become the best entrepreneurs—they are committed people, they strive for excellence, and they have a passion for what they do. Enjoy these stories from athletes that you, the entrepreneur, athlete, or sports fan can apply to your life. 

the best usa soccer teams mls to usl league one

The Best USA Soccer Teams: From MLS to USL League One

The soccer landscape in the United States continues to thrive, with the MLS and USL League One showcasing some of the country’s best teams. In the MLS, powerhouses like FC Cincinnati, Inter Miami CF, LAFC, Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union, and Seattle Sounders lead the charge, captivating fans with their dynamic

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Swim Stories | Olympic Swimming | Thanks to Trials, Everything Is Now Going Swimmingly

Thanks to Trials, Everything Is Now Going Swimmingly

“The U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials will be held inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.” Beep. Beep. Beep. I hit the snooze button. Beep. Beep. Beep. I grab my phone and read the blurry numbers. It’s four-fourteen. Time to finally get up. This is how all my mornings went, Monday through Saturday, from the first

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The Value of Owning Vintage College Sports Gear

Throwback Threads: The Value of Owning Vintage College Sports Gear

The trends in the fashion world change with lightning speed. Thus, keeping up with them isn’t only difficult but also exhaustive and expensive. Furthermore, nothing contributes to pollution and environmental damage like fast fashion. However, ditching the fleeting trends, conscious fashion enthusiasts are increasingly choosing throwback threads. These throwback threads are full of nostalgia and

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A Beginner's Guide for New MLB Fans

A Beginner’s Guide for New MLB Fans

Baseball can seem confusing to people when they start to watch it, and if you’ve never checked out an MLB game before, you might be very perplexed by what is happening. The basic principles are simple enough to pick up, but things like the scoring system can confuse many people; plus, there is a huge

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The State of Youth Sports

The State of Youth Sports

Let’s get real about the state of youth sports. From the sidelines to the intense recruitment process, there’s much more going on than just the game. Whether you’re a parent, coach, or young athlete, there are some crucial things to remember. The sidelines. We’ve all seen those parents who think they’re helping by shouting instructions

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Brandi Chastain | Soccer Legend, Resilient Champion, Inspiring Leader

Brandi Chastain | Soccer Legend, Resilient Champion, Inspiring Leader

In this episode of Athlete Mindset, Lisa Bonta Sumii sits down with soccer legend Brandi Chastain to explore her journey from youth soccer to international stardom. Brandi discusses the pivotal moments in her career, including her famous penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, overcoming injuries, and the impact of mentorship and leadership.

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Diversification in AFL Betting

Understanding the Benefits of Diversification in AFL Betting

Seasoned punters often advocate for diversification as a key strategy in AFL betting. This approach involves spreading your bets across different games, teams, and markets rather than concentrating all your wagering capital on a single outcome. While diversification doesn’t eliminate risk, it can mitigate losses and maximize potential returns. This article delves into the various

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Athlete Mindset with Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

Athlete Mindset Premium | The Pressure Placed on Kids in Youth Sports

This is a premium episode of Athlete Mindset. It features a conversation about the mental health dynamics of youth sports, focusing on the pressures young athletes face. The discussion includes how coaches can manage different levels of emotions among their players and the critical role of parental behavior in youth sports. This episode, “The Pressure

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Sports Betting Addiction is on the Rise

Sports Betting Addiction Is on the Rise

Six years ago, sports betting was illegal under federal law. Today, it is everywhere. From TV ads to billboards, the rapid growth of sports betting is undeniable. The 2018 Supreme Court ruling that lifted the federal ban on sports betting opened the floodgates, dramatically increasing legal wagers and industry revenue. While this has brought significant

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

How NIL Impacted the NFL Draft

In this episode of NIL4U, Rob Finkelstein and Trent Clark are joined by David Gregory, an NFL agent and founder of Bullrush Sports. They discuss how NIL impacted the NFL Draft — specifically, how athletes made decisions regarding their college eligibility due to Name, Image, and Likeness opportunities. They also touch on the success of

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Youth Sports Mental Health | Parents, Coaches, and Resilience

Youth Sports Mental Health | Parents, Coaches, and Resilience

In this episode of The Sports Backdrop, we discuss youth sports mental health dynamics, focusing on how youth sports parents impact their children’s mental health. We discuss the pressures placed on young athletes, the role of parents and coaches, and the significance of emotional intelligence and resilience in sports. This episode features Lisa Bonta Sumii,

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Embracing Grief and Building Community with Myra Sack

Embracing Grief and Building Community with Myra Sack

In this episode of Athlete Mindset, Lisa Bonta Sumii speaks with Myra Sack, an All-American scholar athlete and founder of E-Motion, a nonprofit supporting grieving individuals. Myra shares her journey through grief after losing her daughter, Havi, and discusses the importance of community, rituals, and emotional literacy. Learn how Myra’s experiences as an athlete influence

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Maddie Gordon | Penn State Softball and The Road to Regionals

In this episode of “From The Players,” Sydney Supple talks with Maddie Gordon, a junior utility softball player for Penn State. Fresh off Penn State’s first NCAA softball tournament appearance since 2011, Maddie shares the excitement and challenges of reaching the regionals, the importance of team chemistry and hard work, her personal growth as a

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Developing the Next Generation of Mental Performance Consultants | Dan Ourian, CMPC

Developing the Next Generation of Mental Performance Consultants | Dan Ourian, CMPC

In this third episode of our three-part series, Lisa Bonta Sumii talks with Dan Ourian, CMPC, a certified mental performance consultant and assistant director of the Applied Sport and Performance Psychology program at Dominican University of California. They discuss integrating mental performance coaching into athletic coaching, the significance of mindfulness practices, and the importance of

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Female Footballers Podcast Featuring Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

In this episode of the Athlete Mindset, Lisa Bonta Sumii is a guest on the Female Footballers Podcast, where she discusses the profound impacts of mental health in sports. She shares insights on the pressures athletes face, the importance of recognizing mental health struggles, and how they intersect with performance on the field. Female Footballers

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The NFL Streaming Era Has Arrived

The NFL Streaming Era Has Arrived – And It’s Coming for Your Wallet

The NFL’s partnership with many streaming services has completely changed how fans access and experience football, offering convenience but also introducing significant financial and logistical challenges. As the league expands its reach through lucrative deals and international games, fans feel the strain of rising costs and fragmented access. This article explores the rise of streaming,

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US World Cup Series | Soccer Is Time-Efficient

US World Cup Series | Soccer Is Time-Efficient

Soccer is Art. But Soccer Is Time Efficient, Too. Soccer, often celebrated for its artistry and passion, also excels where many sports falter today: time efficiency. It’s a point so simple yet essential in our fast-paced world—soccer respects your time. As highlighted in a 2022 World Cup Article from the Wall Street Journal, the World

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Mental Health Training Room Podcast Featuring Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW

In this episode of the Athlete Mindset, Lisa Bonta Sumii appears as a guest on the Mental Health Training Room Podcast hosted by Haley Herdman and Naomi Yim, former Division I basketball players. Lisa discusses the intersection of mental health and athletic performance, emphasizing mental wellness’s role in achieving peak athletic results. Mental Health Training

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ESPN Ethical Issues Journalistic Integrity on the Line

ESPN’s Ethical Issues & Journalistic Integrity Concerns

In a bold yet controversial move, ESPN launched ESPN Bet in November 2023, entering the sports betting arena. This strategic pivot underscores ESPN’s relentless pursuit of profit and sparks intense debate about the ethical ramifications of such a venture. Without question, ESPN’s ethical issues are a major topic of conversation with ESPN Bet in the

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ESPN BET The Sports Leader Is All-In on Sports Betting

ESPN BET | The Sports Leader Is All-In on Sports Betting

ESPN has made a bold move in a world where sports and betting increasingly intertwine. With its venture, ESPN Bet, the network is not just a bystander but a proactive player in the sports betting arena. This shift reflects a broader trend where major sports leagues and media giants are diving deep into the lucrative

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

NIL Representation with Darren Heitner, Sports and Entertainment Attorney

In this conversation, Rob Finkelstein and Trent Clark interview Darren Heitner, a sports and entertainment attorney, about the world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) in college athletics with a focus on NIL representation. They discuss the current state of NIL, the challenges and opportunities for athletes, brands, and parents, and potential future developments in

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

The Evolution of Student-Athlete Compensation

In this conversation, Rob Finkelstein, Trent Clark, and Eric Mader discuss the evolution of student-athlete compensation and the challenges and discrepancies in Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) regulations. They explore the role of NIL collectives and boosters in supporting student-athletes and the impact of NIL on college athletics. The conversation also explores the boundaries and

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

NIL Agent | Scott Eisenstadt

In this episode, Rob and Trent are joined by Scott Eisenstadt, an NIL agent, to discuss various NIL-related topics. They cover interactions with collectives, the impact of smaller Division I programs, opportunities and challenges for athletes, social media and marketing criteria, differences in NIL opportunities, and parental expectations and misconceptions. The principal themes discussed include

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Sports Betting in NC | The Legalization

The Legalization of Sports Betting in North Carolina | Big Money

On March 11, 2024, sports betting in NC (North Carolina) became officially legal, marking a pivotal shift in the state’s economic and regulatory landscape. This significant development is set to boost tax revenue and create new economic opportunities, reshaping how stakeholders across various sectors engage with the sporting world. This article explores intricate details of

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