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. 

TLH Reckoning – Women’s Soccer Franchise | Ashlee Fontes-Comber

An Athlete Mindset podcast episode featuring Ashlee Fontes-Comber, the founder and CEO of TLH Reckoning and the former president of United Soccer Coaches. TLH Reckoning, also known as Tallahassee Reckoning, is a professionally operated women’s soccer franchise breaking geographic and institutional barriers. TLH Reckoning is inspired by the generations of elite talent in Tallahassee, Florida.

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

NIL Legal Challenges, Community Impact, and the Power of Mentorship

We discuss NIL legal challenges, celebrate athletes making a difference, and share essential tips for navigating the NIL with mentors. Welcome to the NIL4U Podcast, an enlightening journey into the world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), brought to you by SportsE Media. Topics discussed NIL Legal Challenges, Community Impact, and the Power of Mentorship:

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NIL Charitable Impact and Complexities

A conversation on the NIL charitable impact, unique NIL stories, and expert tips for athletes in the ever-evolving NIL environment. Welcome to the NIL4U Podcast, an enlightening journey into the world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), brought to you by SportsE Media. Topics Discussed in NIL Charitable Impact and Complexities: Athletes leveraging NIL for

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From Tennis to Entrepreneur & CTO with Walter Sabrin

From Tennis to Entrepreneur CTO with Walter Sabrin

On this episode of Alumni Direct’s show “ATHLETES TO ENTREPRENEURS: The Alumni Journey,” we talk to Walter Sabrin, former college tennis player, entrepreneur, and the Chief Talent Officer of Vensure. Walter talks about the need for better transition support for college athletes, the importance of networking and connecting, and the value of athletes in the

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

NIL Athlete Deals at Alabama, Michigan, Utah, and Stanford

Explore the dynamic world of NIL with stories of NIL athlete deals, educational guidance, and the positive impact of NIL initiatives. Welcome to the NIL4U Podcast, an enlightening journey into the world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), brought to you by SportsE Media. Topics Discussed in NIL Athlete Deals at Alabama, Michigan, Utah, and

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

The Evolving Landscape of NIL in Collegiate Sports

In today’s episode, we explored a variety of topics that showcase the evolving landscape of NIL in collegiate sports. We kicked things off with a brief introduction to Alumni Direct, a platform designed to support athletes in their transition out of sports by providing networking opportunities and resources. We then delved into some groundbreaking changes

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

NIL for Good: Celebrating Athletes Who Give Back

In this episode, we discuss the positive side of NIL deals and how athletes use their platforms positively. NIL for Good! Connect with the NIL4U hosts and producer Rob Finkelstein: Linkedin | Website Trent Clark: Linkedin | Website SportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IG An episode all about celebrating athletes who give

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The Moment Matters: Embracing the Now in Sports

Audible Style | The Moment Matters: Embracing the Now in Sports

This is an audible-style blog post on embracing the now in sports — on the SportsE Media platform. The original article is titled “Championship or Bust.” And it focuses on why the moment matters. Exploring the universal sentiment of sports fans’ championship aspirations across various cities and sports levels. We highlight the statistical improbability of

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

Schmitty’s Herbal Snuff and SF Giants Strength Coach | James Clifford

An episode featuring the San Francisco Giant’s strength and conditioning, James Clifford (Cliffy). He understands the importance of what you put in your body matters — as a result, he is also the president of Schmitty’s Herbal Snuff. A positive impact episode indeed! Connect with each NIL4U host, producer, and this episode’s guest Rob Finkelstein:

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Danita Johnson, D.C. United | Consistency, Communication, Commitment

Danita Johnson, D.C. United | Consistency, Communication, Commitment

In this empowering episode of Athlete Mindset, we’re honored to host Danita Johnson, a trailblazer in the world of sports. As the President of Business Operations for D.C. United, Danita brings a wealth of experience, innovation, and leadership to the forefront. We discuss the core themes of consistency, communication, and commitment. And then explore how

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

The Future of NIL Collectives with Rivals Media

An episode about the future of NIL collectives with Brendan Shaw of Rivals Media. This is all about game-changing insights on athlete endorsements, social impact, and the evolving landscape of college sports. Connect with the hosts and producer of NIL4U Rob Finkelstein: Linkedin | Website Trent Clark: Linkedin | Website SportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok

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Amazon Prime Regional Sports Streaming

Audible Style | Amazon Prime Regional Sports Streaming

This is an audible-style blog post on Amazon Prime regional sports streaming — on the SportsE Media platform. The original article is titled “Amazon Prime Saves Bally Sports and Sports Fans Everywhere.” This episode explains Amazon Prime’s transformative role in sports media and its impact on fans and blackout restrictions. Topics touched on in Amazon

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The Underdog Story with Washington Softball Pitcher Ruby Meylan

In this episode, you’ll hear from Ruby Meylan, the Washington Softball Pitcher. She made history as the first Freshman since 2018 to be named an All-American. Ruby played a pivotal role in advancing the Huskies to the 2023 Women’s College World Series. As she prepares for her second collegiate season, you’ll discover the genuine passion

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The NFL's Overprotection of QBs Is Not Working

The NFL’s Overprotection of QBs Is Not Working

The 2023 NFL season has been marked by a notable increase in injuries, especially among starting quarterbacks, raising concerns about the overall dynamics of the league. Some have questioned the already substantial rules in place that are supposed to protect quarterbacks. Others are concerned with cascading effects on viewership due to less-than-exciting matchups, the lack

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

NIL Software: Streamlining Name, Image, Likeness with Basepath

This NIL4U Podcast episode is all about NIL software to help in the process of the new collegiate sports era we are now in. We feature the Co-Founder & CEO at Basepath, Thomas Thomas, Jr. Basepath is a NIL operations software company that streamlines NIL activity between fans, collectives, universities, and student-athletes. Basepath automates tasks,

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NIL Education and Opportunities: How Athletes at All Levels Can Benefit

This NIL4U Podcast episode is all about NIL education, stories, headlines, and those making major moves in collegiate sports. Connect with the hosts and producer of NIL4U Rob Finkelstein: Linkedin | Website Trent Clark: Linkedin | Website SportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IG About this NIL4U episode: NIL Education and Opportunities and

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Parent of a College Athlete? This One Is For You! – Sports Mom University

In this episode of NIL4U, hosts Rob Finkelstein and Trent Clark welcome Jamesetta, CEO of Sports Mom University, to discuss the complexities of NIL. They discuss Jamesetta’s transition from navigating her children’s athletic recruitment to becoming an NIL consultant, focusing on the gaps in parental guidance in sports business. The conversation emphasizes the need for

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NIL Podcast | NIL4U

The NIL Landscape with Brian Rammel

Welcome to the first episode of NIL4U, where we aim to educate and explore the dynamic world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) in collegiate sports. I’m your host, Rob Finkelstein, joined by the ever-knowledgeable coach Trent Clark. In this episode, we’re thrilled to have Brian “The Rammer” Ramel, a key player in the NIL

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The World's Most Popular Sport | Soccer

US World Cup Series | Soccer: The World’s Most Popular Sport

The World’s Most Popular Sport – And It’s Not Even Close So, here’s the thing about soccer, or as the rest of the world calls it, football. It’s not just a game; it’s a global phenomenon. While here in the U.S., we might debate over football (the American version), baseball, basketball, and hockey, the rest

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Kicking Off the US World Cup Series: Soccer's Surge in America

Kicking Off the US World Cup Series: Soccer’s Surge in America

Welcome, sports fans, and curious readers alike! As we gear up for the 2026 World Cup, something big is happening in the U.S. – soccer, or ‘the beautiful game‘ as it’s known globally, is steadily climbing the ranks in American hearts and fields. This phenomenon isn’t just about a game; it’s about culture, passion, and

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Amazon Prime Saves Bally Sports and Sports Fans Everywhere

Amazon Prime Saves Bally Sports and Sports Fans Everywhere

Imagine driving 2 and a half hours to a Carolina Hurricanes game, watching your kid fall in love with the team and the atmosphere, only to discover that the games are blacked out back home in Charlotte. Or, picture being a Cleveland Guardians fan in Buffalo, NY, frustrated because you can’t watch your favorite team

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Duke University, Basketball, and Family with Vanessa De Jesus

Duke University, Basketball, and Family with Vanessa De Jesus

Welcome to another inspiring episode of the Athlete Mindset podcast! In today’s conversation, we sit down with Vanessa De Jesus, a remarkable collegiate basketball player from Duke University, also known for her significant role in the Philippine National Team. Beyond her prowess on the court, Vanessa discusses her life off the court, where it’s all

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Life After Oklahoma Softball with Nicole Mendes | Mental Health Post-Graduation

Life after graduation can be a challenging transition for anyone, especially when you add the stress of leaving your teammates. For former Oklahoma softball player Nicole Mendes, navigating this uncertain time involves discovering passions beyond the softball field. In this episode of ‘From the Players,’ Nicole Mendes shares insights into her softball journey at Oklahoma

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Hoops and Healing with Bianca McCall

Hoops and Healing with Bianca McCall, Reach-In Now

Bianca McCall. A story and a journey that transcends the AAU courts and professional basketball in Italy. Her story on the Athlete Mindset podcast touches on valuable lessons learned both on and off the court. Witnessing the limitations of access to youth sports, Bianca champions efforts to make it more inclusive. Her transition from athlete

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