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. 

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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AthMindset | World-Class Sprinter Curtis Mitchell

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

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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Henrik Hjarsbæk - sports psychologist and mental training for soccer and football players

SE69 | Sports Psychology and Mental Training with Henrik Hjarsbæk

“To be the best, you must overcome your inner and outer opponents.” – Henrik Hjarsbæk.  Welcome to this episode of the SportsEpreneur Podcast where Eric Kasimov has an introspective conversation around soccer (football) and mental training with sports psychologist and mental trainer, Henrik Hjarsbæk.  By going to a mental trainer, you learn to deal with

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Fan Controlled Football

SE67 | Generating Fan Engagement with Chase Baker of the Fan Controlled Football League

The voice of the fans matters! A conversation all about generating unique fan engagement with Chase Baker, former Boise State Bronco and Minnesota Viking, and current Defensive Line Coach for the Fan Controlled Football League (FCF).  In this SE Podcast episode, Chase and Eric discuss FCF, Chase’s playing days at Boise State playing for Coach

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Simone Biles

Why Simone Biles Leaving Nike for Athleta Matters

Simone Biles, one of the most decorated gymnasts in the world, left her sponsorship with Nike for the female-led brand Athleta last week, just three months before the 2021Tokyo Olympics. While it may seem like a simple change-of-contracts to some, Biles is paving the way for female-athletes to choose their sponsorships based on representation versus

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Inside the Business of the NFL with Michael Lombardi and AJ Vaynerchuk

Inside the Business of the NFL with Michael Lombardi and AJ Vaynerchuk

Michael Lombardi and AJ Vaynerchuk Discuss Lessons from the NFL and How they Apply to the Modern Business World Former NFL general manager, three-time Super Bowl winner, author, and podcaster Michael Lombardi in conjunction with athlete management firm VaynerSports co-founder AJ Vaynerchuk reveal what makes the business of football tick. Join us for a panel

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The New Rookie: A Baseball Reporter's Memoir | Whit Merrifield | SE

The New Rookie

On June 13, 2016, Whit Merrifield, the newest rookie of the Kansas City Royals, hit his first major league home run off of the Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Carrasco. Seconds after, on June 13, 2016, I looked at my dad in section 139 of Kauffman Stadium and told him “I’m going to be a baseball reporter

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Podcast SE66 | Name Image Likeness with UREPZ Founder, C. Brett Harrell | App State Soccer Team

SE66 | Name Image Likeness with UREPZ Founder, C. Brett Harrell

Sports and business collide at the collegiate level. A conversation all about Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) with the founder of UREPZ, C. Brett Harrell. Brett Harrell is a marketer, creator, and founder. He has a passion for collegiate athletics and the world around these college athletes. As a former student-athlete himself, playing soccer at App State University,

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Professional Soccer Goalkeeper Talks Readiness | Belgium Goalkeeper

Professional Soccer Goalkeeper Talks Readiness

“It’s about being ready for your moment… It’s good to be pissed off and it’s good to keep that fire burning because ultimately that’s what is going to keep you going and keep you pushing for more.” – Professional Soccer Goalkeeper, Jeff Attinella. In this inspiring SE podcast episode, we revisit a discussion Eric Kasimov

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SE65 | Founders Therapy Session with Matt Wunderli

Personalizing the platform. An entrepreneurial mindset conversation with the Co-Host of the Founders Therapy Podcast, Matt Wunderli. Matt is the epitome of the word entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Publisher Arts and other startups. Publisher Arts is a media science company. As they say, analytics at the core of digital transformation. Matt is also an

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Danny Nessim

SE64 | Discussing The Beauty of Soccer and Competition with Danny Nessim

An episode all about the beauty of sports and competition featuring Danny Nessim, Founder & Owner of A&C Management, a boutique PEO and Insurance Brokerage Firm. We discuss the beauty of soccer, the power of competition, and Super Bowl XXV.  We had the opportunity to host Danny on our Entrepreneur Perspectives podcast where Eric and

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FitLight | Sports Tech Innovation with Alana D’Andrade

SE62 | FitLight | Sports Tech Innovation with Alana D’Andrade

Move. Measure. Motivate. In this episode, we feature Alana D’Andrade, Managing Director at FitLight Training. Alana shares knowledge around improving tech in sports training, stepping up your game as an athlete, and connecting the dots in business.   FitLight is a speed and cognitive training system that is designed to completely transform the way we exercise,

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Ged Doughton | Make the First Easy Pass and the UNC Tar Heels

SE61 | Ged Doughton | Make the First Easy Pass and the UNC Tar Heels

You’ve got great talent around you, just make the first easy pass and move. In this episode, we feature Ged Doughton, the last UNC Tar Heels basketball player to wear number 23 before Michael Jordan. Ged shares his stories around making the first easy pass, good habits, and the power of practice.  Ged played for

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Rafa Mir | Pro Talk with Mo Ali FC | SportsEpreneur

#ProTalk With MoAliFC | Episode 5 | Rafa Mir

Welcome to the fifth episode of the Pro Talk Podcast Series hosted by Mo Ali Heydarpour on SportsEpreneur featuring Rafa Mir of SD Huesca.   Rafa has also played on great teams such as Valencia, Wolverhampton Wanderers & Nottingham Forest. SportsEpreneur is the content platform where sports and entrepreneurship collide! It’s for the deep-rooted and not

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Adnan Januzaj | Pro Talk with Mo Ali FC | SportsEpreneur

#ProTalk With MoAliFC | Episode 4 | Adnan Januzaj

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Pro Talk Podcast Series hosted by Mo Ali Heydarpour on SportsEpreneur featuring Adnan Januzaj of Real Sociedad. Adnan has also played on great teams such as Manchester United, Sunderland, and the Belgium National Team.  SportsEpreneur is the content platform where sports and entrepreneurship collide! It’s for the deep-rooted

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Pro Talk with Marc Klok, Monica Hickmann & World Class Footballers

#ProTalk With MoAliFC | Episode 3 | Marc Klok | Monica Hickmann | Osama Rashid

Welcome to the third episode of the Pro Talk Podcast Series hosted by Mo Ali Heydarpour on SportsEpreneur. Featuring Marc Klok of Persija Jakarta, Monica Hickmann of The Brazil National Team, Osama Rashid of C.D. Santa Clara, and footballers from around the world! SportsEpreneur is the content platform where sports and entrepreneurship collide! It’s for

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Pro Talk with Todd Cantwell, Mark-Anthony Kaye & World Class Footballers

#ProTalk With MoAliFC | Episode 2 | Todd Cantwell | Mark-Anthony Kaye | Kelle Roos | Jorn Brondeel

Welcome to the second episode of the Pro Talk Podcast Series hosted by Mo Ali Heydarpour on SportsEpreneur. Featuring Todd Cantwell of Norwich City, Mark-Anthony Kaye of Los Angeles FC, and footballers from around the world! SportsEpreneur is the content platform where sports and entrepreneurship collide! It’s for the deep-rooted and not so average. If

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Wilfried Zahibo of The New England Revolution, Fafa Picault of FC Dallas, Bryan Jordan of The LA Galaxy, Joao Virginia of Everton FC, Nick Kuipers of Persib Bandung FC, SportsEpreneur

#ProTalk With MoAliFC | Episode 1 | Joao Virginia (Everton) | Nick Kuipers (Persib Bandung) | Wilfried Zahibo (Revolution) | Fafa Picault (Dallas) | Bryan Jordan (LA Galaxy)

Welcome to the Pro Talk Podcast Series hosted by Mo Ali Heydarpour on SportsEpreneur. Featuring Joao Virginia of Everton FC, Nick Kuipers of Persib, and footballers from the MLS! SportsEpreneur is the content platform where sports and entrepreneurship collide! It’s for the deep-rooted and not so average. If you are in or around the world

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8 | 24 | 13 | 9 | In Memory of Kobe Bryant, Gigi, and All Victims | SE

8 | 24 | 13 | 9

This news about Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and those who lost their lives…  This is really tough.  Kobe–I talk about him often with my kids. We all feel like we knew him. His mindset, his work ethic, his passion for the game he loves, his caring, his love of family, and his creations–including his podcast,

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Business Lessons Learned from Frank Reich | SportsEpreneur Podcast

SE35 | Business Lessons Learned from Frank Reich

Taking lessons from the incredible sports figure and human being, Frank Reich. Today we speak with Tony Tennaro, Managing Chair for C12 Greater Charlotte. In this episode, we discuss the lessons we have learned from watching and being around Frank Reich. 

We are excited to chat with Tony Tennaro on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Business Lessons Learned from Frank Reich Headlines
Reich’s time in Buffalo
Frank’s Time in Maryland
Learning to Win and Lose from Reich
Not Settling for the Status Quo

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Be Like LeBron James: Responding to the Getty Fire | SportsEpreneur

Be Like LeBron James: Responding to the Getty Fire

(“Be Like Lebron James: Responding to the Getty Fire is a guest post from one of our editors, Caroline Ailanthus) The Monday before Halloween, strong winds broke a branch off a eucalyptus tree in LA and sent it flying 25 feet into power lines. The resulting spark ignited the Getty Fire, prompting the evacuation of

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Derek Bylsma | Mental Health in Youth Sports | SE Podcast

SE33 | Derek Bylsma | Mental Health in Youth Sports

Controlling the mental health side of youth sports. Today we speak with Derek Bylsma, Executive Director of Millennium Counseling Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, we discuss how important it is that parents help control the mental side of their young athletes.

With today’s tools, youth athletes are hearing the noise from all angles. Derek and Eric discuss avenues for you to help your young athlete succeed both on and off the field. 

With Derek’s athletic background and knowledge around mental health in sports, we are excited to have Derek back on our podcast to share his thoughts with you.  

As always, we are excited to feature Derek on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

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Derek Bylsma | Awareness Around Mental Health | SE Podcast

SE30 | Derek Bylsma | Awareness Around Mental Health

One of the best things going on today is the awareness around mental health. Today we speak with Derek Bylsma, Executive Director of Millennium Counseling Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, we discuss how important it is that mental health has come to the forefront of people’s lives. 

Derek specializes in recovery-related work, mental health disorders, and issues unique to athletic performance. He is enthusiastic about leading the sports division at his group as it marries two of his life-long passions; helping others and athletics. 

With Derek’s athletic background and knowledge around mental health in sports, we are excited to have Derek back on our podcast to share his thoughts with you.  

As always, we are excited to feature Derek on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

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Jeff Attinella | Portland Timbers Goalkeeper Has Many Stories | SE

SE27 | Jeff Attinella | Portland Timbers Goalkeeper Has Many Stories

“Goalkeeping is 75 percent mental.” In this episode, we chat with Jeff Attinella, goalkeeper for the Portland Timbers of the MLS. We talk the mind of a soccer goalkeeper, the Portland Timbers, and an athlete creating content.  All of this and more with Portland goalkeeper, Jeff Attinella. 

Jeff led the Timbers’ team to the 2018 MLS Cup. He played college soccer in his home state at the University of South Florida. His junior season he was an All American and Big East goalkeeper of the year. In the MLS, besides playing for the Portland Timbers Attinella also played for Real Salt Lake and was a backup goalie during their MLS Cup run in 2013. 

Besides being a goalkeeper, Jeff is husband, father and a content creator. A creator in the sense that he is a podcast host and children’s book author. You can hear his podcast From J to Z on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. His children’s books can be found on his publishing platform, ItHadToBeTold.com or Amazon. You can see links to his books below. After you spend time listening to Jeff and learning about his story, you will absolutely be drawn to his content.  

One thing that really stood out in this chat is Jeff’s mindfulness. We believe you’ll come to understand what I mean after listening to this conversation.

We are excited to feature Jeff Attinella on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

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James Cotton | A Buckeye Transitioning in Sports, Life, and Business | SE Podcast

SE26 | James Cotton | A Buckeye Transitioning in Sports, Life, and Business

Taking your game to the next level in sports, life, and business. In this episode, we chat with James Cotton, founder of Buck-Icon and former Buckeye football player. We talk Ohio State football, life transitions, and accountability. All of this and more with Buckeye great, James Cotton.  

Buck-Icon’s mission is to become a premier apparel and merchandise retailer and provide resources for former members of the Ohio State football program and all individuals to enhance their careers which will help them transition into professional life in Corporate America, athletics, society, and the community.  

James Cotton was a defensive lineman for the Ohio State Buckeyes. In 1998 he was a part of the Big 10 Championship team that went onto win the Sugar Bowl. 

Cotton was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2000 NFL Draft. He also is a Canadian Football League Grey Cup Champion.  

If you need help navigating the transitions in your life, let this conversation be a resource as James brings experience both on and off the field, and it is clear early on in this chat that James is here to help. 

With that, we are excited to feature James Cotton on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

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