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. 

Life of an NBA Agent with Josh Beauregard-Bell | SportsE Podcast

AthMindset | The Life of an NBA Agent with Josh Beauregard-Bell

“I care about being a better person.” – Josh Beauregard-Bell NBA Agent, Josh Beauregard-Bell chats with Lisa Bonta-Sumii, LCSW, CSW in this episode about the life of an NBA agent. So often, the public assumes that sports agents are in it for all the wrong reasons. But then you hear a conversation like this–and remember,

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AthMindset | The Timeout App and Athlete Mental Health with Maya McClendon

AthMindset | The Timeout App and Athlete Mental Health with Maya McClendon

“A mental health diagnosis is not a death sentence”. This episode is about de-stigmatizing mental health challenges and prioritizing conversations around them. In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW is joined by a trailblazer in her field, Maya McClendon. Maya works as a mental health and sustainability advocate. Maya was a highly decorated volleyball

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Trey Wertz of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish & Langston Wertz Jr of The Charlotte Observer | SportsE Podcast

AthMindset | Trey Wertz of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish & Langston Wertz Jr of The Charlotte Observer

The way you show up in the world is reflective of your character. That is exactly what Trey Wertz and his father Langston Wertz Jr. strive to do every day — show up and be good citizens. Join us for this special episode that shines a spotlight on what it means to truly dedicate yourself

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Hugh Roberts | Athlete Activist and Professional Soccer Player | SE Soccer Podcast | BackYardFooty

AthMindset | Hugh Roberts | Athlete Activist and Professional Soccer Player

It’s amazing the difference you can make when you are dedicated to a cause. Hugh Roberts, athlete activist and professional soccer player — and our guest for this podcast episode, talks about it all in this conversation. His passion to help his family and community is the driver to build his life outside of soccer

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Sports with Damon Wiley

AthMindset | Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Sports with Damon Wiley

“If things that people say make you feel uncomfortable then 9 times out of 10 it’s true.” This conversation hits on many essential topics in and around the world of sports — namely: equity, diversity and inclusion in sports. The stories and dialogue behind those words need to be shared and heard. Hit play on

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AthMindset | Athletic Identity With Amanda Banks, Founder of Sports to Suits

AthMindset | Athletic Identity With Amanda Banks, Founder of Sports to Suits

“What are you outside of sports?” This conversation features Mental Health & Sports Performance Coach, Lisa Bonta Sumii sharing space with Amanda Banks, Founder of Sports to Suits. A company on a mission to help athletes get a career outside of sports. Topics explored in this conversation: transitioning to life after sports feeling isolated as

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AthMindset | Former NFL Player Marques Ogden | Servant Leader and Inspirational Speaker

AthMindset | Marques Ogden | Former NFL Player, Servant Leader, Inspirational Speaker

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle This is an episode all about redemption. This redemption story started with support. And this conversation features Mental Health & Sports Performance Coach, Lisa Bonta Sumii sharing space with Marques Ogden. Marques is a former NFL player and now

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AthMindset | Student-Athlete Mental Health with Max Castin

AthMindset | Student-Athlete Mental Health with Max Castin

“I hope my story can help someone out. Even if it helps just one person, I’ll be happy with that.” – Max Castin “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it present” ― Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda (source) This is an episode all about student-athlete

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AthMindset | More Than An Athlete Stories with Dania Cabello | Cal Bears | SportsE

AthMindset | More Than An Athlete Stories with Dania Cabello

“How will you take care of her mind and her well-being while she is a student-athlete at your institution?” –Dania Cabello’s father, talking to the soccer coaches at the University of California, Berkeley, upon her daughter being offered a scholarship to play soccer for them. In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii shares space with Dania

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Web3 | All Things NFTs | + Security, Physical Art, Sports Tickets

Web3 | All Things NFTs | + Security, Physical Art, Sports Tickets

“Edge perspective on the inevitable future of NFTs” – @m3tafive on Twitter Anyone following the NFT space sees the impact it’s having on the sports world. So we talk about it all in this episode: Web 2.5 🕸 Decentralized 🏦 Multi-sig wallets 💳 Physical art to NFTs 🖼 Security concerns with NFTs 🔐 Smart contracts

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Yale Women's Soccer Mia Grillo and Reina Bonta

AthMindset | Yale Women’s Soccer with Mia Grillo and Reina Bonta | + Student-Athletes & Mental Health

“Prioritize your own mental health.” -Reina Bonta In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii shares space with Yale Women’s Soccer Student-Athletes, Mia Grillo and Reina Bonta. Learn more about each of these amazing young women on their Yale Soccer Page: Mia Grillo | Reina Bonta Mia and Reina’s support for each other, their teammates, and their

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SportsMatterz | North Carolina Tar Heel Stories with Matt Doherty | SportsE Podcast

SportsMatterz | North Carolina Tar Heel Stories with Matt Doherty

“The credit belongs to the ‘person’ who is actually in the arena”. -Theodore Roosevelt. In this episode, I chat with Matt Doherty, North Carolina Tar Heel, former College Basketball Coach, and college basketball national champion. While this conversation took place during the pandemic, the Tar Heels are making a visit to the 2022 Final Four, so

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AthMindset | Coach Chris Meadows Talks Basketball, Development, and Mindset

AthMindset | Coach Chris Meadows Talks Basketball, Development, and Mindset

“Process over outcome.” In this AthMindset episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW, shares space with Chris Meadows, coach, trainer, and basketball mind. He has helped over a thousand athletes develop into collegiate athletes. Chris Meadows speaks the truth in this episode on these topics and more: skill vs will elite mindset skill development his book

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AthMindset | Athlete Branding and Storytelling with FanWord Founder, Chris Aumueller

AthMindset | Athlete Branding and Storytelling with FanWord Founder, Chris Aumueller

FanWord founder, Chris Aumueller, joins the podcast to talk about athlete branding. Chris excelled in tennis at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he now helps other athletes tell their stories and create their own brands. Chris’s goals surpass athletics and help to foster personal development in the lives of many athletes. This company’s goal is

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AthMindset | Powerlifting and Body Dysmorphia with Teresa Brown

AthMindset | Powerlifting and Body Dysmorphia with Teresa Brown

Teresa Brown shares space with Lisa Bonta Sumii in this episode of SportsEpreneur for a candid discussion about mental health–specifically struggles related to body dysmorphia. She is a high-performing powerlifter, and she also works as an elementary school teacher. Her passion for the sport and for teaching truly shines through in her voice. A major

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AthMindset | Four-Time Olympian and Athletes Soul Founder, Myriam Glez | SE

AthMindset | Four-Time Olympian and Athletes Soul Founder, Myriam Glez

Giving back to the athletic community — through Athletes Soul. In this AthMindset episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW, shares space with Myriam Glez, founder and CEO of non-profit Athletes Soul and French-Australian Olympic synchronized swimmer. Myriam joins us to explore topics related to mental health including athlete’s retirement. Amazing accomplishment alert!! ➡️ Myriam has

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Web3 | OutKast NFT Project with Tatted Lawyer | + Crypto, Metaverse, Sports | SportsE Podcast

Web3 | OutKast NFT Project with Tatted Lawyer | + Crypto, Metaverse, Sports

The creativity happening in the NFT space is fascinating! So when my guys at Distinction Agency reached out about a conversation with one of the founders of OutKast NFT, I was all over it! You must see what they are creating at OutKast NFT. Web3 | So Many Questions! | Let’s Start a Podcast Series

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Dr. Kensa Gunter | Mentor and Leader In Sports Psychology | SportsE Pod

AthMindset | Sport Psychology Mentor and Leader, Dr. Kensa Gunter

Celebrating Black Heritage Month with the first black president of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). “We can cope with adversity and we can navigate uncertainty. And maintain our health and wellness and in some instances, thrive, even in the midst of challenging situations.” (19:53) – Dr. Kensa Gunter In this AthMindset episode, Lisa

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SE73 | Sports Have the Power to Change Lives for the Better with Dan Soviero | SportsEpreneur Podcast

SE73 | Sports Have the Power to Change Lives for the Better with Dan Soviero

Dan Soviero, Founder and CEO of Signature Athletics joins the SportsEpreneur podcast to take on all topics related to that amazing line, “sports have the power to change lives for the better.” There are many obstacles we all encounter in life, and in this introspective conversation with Dan Soviero, we hear stories of going deaf

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AthMindset | Out of Pain, Into Purpose with Sylvester Long Jr | SportsEpreneur Podcast

AthMindset | Out of Pain, Into Purpose with Sylvester Long, Jr

The pain you endure in life is a part of your journey toward your purpose! Our guest, Sylvester Long, Jr has a goal is to help you turn your pain into your purpose! In this AthMindset episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW, shares space with Sylvester Long, Jr, motivational speaker, author, and former athlete. Sylvester

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AthMindset | D3 Soccer Player to Professional Athlete to Sports Psychologist with Juliano Pereira

AthMindset | D3 Soccer Player to Professional Athlete to Sports Psychologist with Juliano Pereira

Staying in love with the game of soccer. It takes one who has been in the game a long time to realize one of the best ways to have success is to love the game—to have a passion for the sport. Especially soccer. In this AthMindset episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW, shares space with

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Mario Fernandez | Founder of HUBOL | Where Humanity & FÚTBOL live | SportsEpreneur

AthMindset | Humanities and Fútbol (HUBOL) with Mario Fernandez

A conversation at the intersection of humanities and fútbol with HUBOL founder. In this AthMindset episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW, shares space with Mario Fernandez, founder and CEO of HUBOL. It’s no surprise Mario works in the humanities as all you can think after hearing him speak is “good human”. Mario Fernandez as described

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Stephanie Rosado | Sport Social Work | Former Pro Athlete | SportsEpreneur

AthMindset | “We Are More Than Our Circumstances” with Stephanie Rosado

Doing your life’s work. And doing it with passion. While changing lives in the process. That sums up what Stephanie Rosado does. In this AthMindset episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW, shares space with Stephanie Rosado, a Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida (USF). A former pro basketball player, Stephanie played for the

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Bronson Kaufusi | Green Bay Packers Tight End | NIL | SportsEpreneur Podcast

AthMindset | Bronson Kaufusi, Green Bay Packers Tight End | Helping Others

Green Bay Packers Tight End, Bronson Kaufusi joins the podcast to talk about appreciating every day, helping others, the life of an NFL player, and how family is everything. What a great person. That’s the thought you will have about Bronson Kaufusi after listening to this podcast episode. In this AthMindset episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii,

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Savanah Whatley | Oregon State Softball Player | Talks Bullying and Mental Health

AthMindset | Savanah Whatley Opens Up About Mental Health in Life and Softball

Athletes, coaches, and parents — please listen to this episode to understand what athletes go through. Savanah Whatley is an infielder for the Oregon State Beavers softball team. In high school, she dealt with the trauma of being bullied. Savanah almost gave up the sport “she was born to play”. But her mom and family

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SE72 | Montee Ball and Derek Bylsma on Antonio Brown, Transfer Portal, and NIL

SE72 | Montee Ball and Derek Bylsma on Antonio Brown, Transfer Portal, and NIL

Wisconsin Badger Superstar Running Back Montee Ball and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and nationally board-certified counselor Derek Bylsma are the featured guests of this SportsEpreneur podcast — hosted by Eric Kasimov, founder of SportsEpreneur. They talk about the complexities surrounding Antonio Brown, the college football transfer portal, and NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness). Montee and

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SportsEpreneur podcast art | Curtis Mitchell | USA World Class Sprinter

AthMindset | World-Class Sprinter Curtis Mitchell

Hard work and education are everything to this world-class sprinter, Curtis Mitchell. In this AthMindset episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW, shares space with Curtis Mitchell. This man is the 2014 USA 200 meter Champion! The 2013 USA 200 meter silver Medalist. And the 2013 USA World Championship Bronze Medalist! His personal record is 19.97.

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AthMindset | Reggie Walker on the Game Within the Game | SportsEpreneur

AthMindset | Reggie Walker on the Game Within the Game

Don’t run from the truth. Examine yourself. Understand how to play the game within the game. Reggie Walker, ex-NFL LB & Captain shares space with Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW, the host of the AthMindset podcast series on SportsEpreneur. Reggie Walker is a mental, physical, and sexual abuse survivor and survivor advocate. He is a

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Gary Brackett & David West | Locker Room to Board Room

Gary Brackett & David West | Locker Room to Board Room

This is a special episode where Alan Major, college basketball coach, and CEO Peter Fuller hosts two former professional athletes now entrepreneurs and leaders, David West and Gary Brackett. This episode is filled with energy, no-nonsense, flat-out leadership, and fundamentals. David West played in the NBA from 2003 to 2018. He played for the Hornets,

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