In this AthMindset episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW, shares space with Nana Attakora. Nana is a Canadian former soccer player. He was most recently a team captain for the Oakland Roots of the USL Championship before retiring to become the assistant manager for the Roots where he currently holds that position. Nana also played many years in the MLS, playing for DC United, Toronto FC, and the San Jose Earthquakes. Nana grew up in Toronto, Canada. His parents are from Ghana. Nana played for many years for Team Canada at almost every international level.
Lisa and Nana Attakora have an open dialogue about relationships, life on and off the pitch, and finding out about the importance of mental health. Nana is one of those rare individuals that will leave a long-lasting positive impression. The opportunity to share space with Nana in any capacity is a privilege. With that, we hope you will take some time to listen to Nana and Lisa have this deep and emotional conversation.
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Headlines from the AthMindset episode: Soccer Raised Me with Nana Attakora
Soccer, the beautiful game
Nana Attakora is not a typical athlete
Soccer was a way out for Nana Attakora
The opportunity that soccer provided
Ghana and Toronto, Canada
Soccer kept Nana Attakora out of trouble
Learning how to think
Soccer is one big game of chess
Coping with pressure
Relationships start at home
Get to know people
Get clear on your purpose
Knowing the importance of mental health
Nana Attakora advice: it’s okay to be who you know you are
Continue to talk to kids
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Useful web pages from this episode:
- AthMindset | Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW
- TransferMarkt | the details of Nana’s playing career
- KazCM Podcast Production
More content on Mental Health:
- Creating Mental Health Space For Athletes with Betsy Cutler
- Normalizing Mental Health in Sports with Lisa Bonta Sumii
- Mental Health in Sports is Everything and Skip Bayless is Flat-Out Wrong
- Lisa Bonta Sumii: LinkedIn, Twitter
- Nana Attakora: LinkedIn, Oakland Roots SC
- Eric Kasimov: Twitter, LinkedIn
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