Derek Bylsma | Mental Health In Sports | SE Podcast

Derek Bylsma | Mental Health In Sports

Raising awareness around mental health in sports. Today we speak with Derek Bylsma, Executive Director of Millennium Counseling Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, we discuss mental health in sports. 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. 

Eric Kasimov | Business Lessons from Youth Sports

Eric Kasimov | Business Lessons from Youth Sports

As a business leader, you can take business lessons from just about anything. In this episode, we discuss youth sports.  ——We are super intrigued by youth sports today. Both the good and the bad. So in this short podcast, we discuss the good and the bad of youth sports and how it applies to the business world. I am sure the house is divided on this topic. Regardless of your opinion, we are fascinated by all of it. Let us know your thoughts and we can feature them on a future episode. 

Bruce Snell | Fundamentals in Sports and Business | SE Podcast

Bruce Snell | Fundamentals in Sports and Business

Getting back to the fundamentals. Today we speak with Bruce Snell, President of BSG International. In this episode, we discuss breaking through the barrier with fundamentals in sports and business. ——Bruce Snell is a business operations consultant and author of the book, Breaking Through the Four Barriers of Quality. He learned all about overcoming obstacles by playing football in Alabama—100 years ago as he likes to say. His business lessons are a must listen for any entrepreneur. Especially one that has a thing for sports. Bruce’s essential thoughts in business and his lessons learned in the sports world has us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Ann Lademann | Kids In Seats | SportsEpreneur Podcast

Ann Lademann | Kids In Seats

Changing lives one ticket at a time. Today we speak with Ann Lademann, Executive Director of Kids In Seats. In this episode, we discuss attending sporting events, storytelling, and Kids In Seats. We hosted Ann in the office and instead of a typical podcast chat, we recorded our meeting. It’s not the best sound quality as it’s a documentary style podcast instead of an arranged podcast. We hope you enjoy it!——Kids In Seats is a non-profit organization that promotes achievement in disadvantaged youth by using event experiences as motivational tools to recognize and reward their academic achievement and positive social behavior. Ann’s desire and passion to reach more at-risk children led her to form Kids In Seats in March 2017 with Rae Anne McLaughlin.At SportsEpreneur, we are partnering with Kids In Seats because we believe in their cause and we are excited to share their story with you.  Ann’s success in and out of the business world has us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Ty Biegerl | The Importance of eSports | SportsEpreneur Podcast

Ty Biegerl | The Importance of eSports

Bigger than just video games. Today we speak with Ty Biegerl, founder of Queen City Gaming. In this episode we discuss eSports, repping your city, and how gaming can save lives.  ——Queen City Gaming is a community where people with a passion for video games can come and share their experiences, stories, and meet others with the same passion for video games.  Ty shares stories from his time playing college football at the University of Nebraska and Gardner Webb and also shares the story about how gaming saved his life.   eSports has been on a fast rise of late and is only getting bigger. Ty is a great example of the good in the eSports world. And as you will hear from Ty, his gaming company, Queen City Gaming came about because of his work ethic and passion.  Ty’s success on and off the screen has us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Tom Murphy | Learn Work Ethic from a Professional Catcher | SE Podcast

Tom Murphy | Catcher for the Seattle Mariners

Born from hard work and great effort. Today we speak with Tom Murphy, Catcher for the Seattle Mariners. In this episode, we discuss the Major League Baseball Journey, The Seattle Mariners, and youth baseball. —— Last season, Tom played for the Colorado Rockies. Before his time in professional baseball, Tom played collegiate ball at the University of Buffalo. Tom shares stories from his time playing little league baseball in Upstate, New York to becoming a major leaguer to moving this past offseason from the Rockies to the Giants to the Mariners. We always talk about finding the positive and Tom showcases his positive mindset in this conversation. And as you will hear from Tom, it’s born from hard work and great effort. Tom’s success on and off the field has us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Derek Bylsma | Dealing with Pressure as an Athlete | SE Podcast

Derek Bylsma | Dealing with Pressure as an Athlete

Dealing with pressure is something every athlete must be able to do. Today we speak with Derek Bylsma, Executive Director of Millennium Counseling Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, we discuss dealing with pressure as an athlete. ——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 share Derek’s thoughts with you.  Derek’s success in the counseling world and his involvement in the mental side of athletics have us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Tony Zefiretto | The American Arena League

Tony Zefiretto | The American Arena League

Ever wondered what it’s like to run a football league? Our guest today is Tony Zefiretto, CEO of the American Arena League. In this episode, we discuss The American Arena League.  ——Previously, Tony was the GM of the Newark Bears and Wilmington Waves of Minor League Baseball where he met his business partner, Jack Bowman. Together they started the American Arena League.  The AAL is an indoor football league founded in 2017. In 2018 the AAL grew to be the largest professional arena league in the US.  Tony shares stories from his days in Minor League Baseball to his experiences running the AAL. At SportsEpreneur, we are very excited to announce that we will be helping the American Arena League with some of their marketing efforts this season!  Tony’s success in the sports world and his involvement in the community have us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Marcus Fizer | A Basketball Journey | SE Podcast | Iowa State Basketball

Marcus Fizer | A Basketball Journey

Take a walk in a basketball star’s shoes. Our guest today is Marcus Fizer, former basketball player for Iowa State University and the Chicago Bulls. In this episode, we discuss a basketball career and the journey of an NBA player. ——Marcus is a former McDonald’s High School All American, an Iowa State Cyclone legend, the number 4 pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, and a former Chicago Bull. He shares many stories from his playing days at Iowa State, his time in the NBA with the Bulls, and his life after playing professional basketball. Marcus gets very real with us in this chat and we are excited to bring this to you. Marcus’s success on and off the court have us excited to feature him on the SportsEpreneur Podcast. 

Eric Kasimov | The Future of Soccer in the United States | SE Podcast

Eric Kasimov | The Future of Soccer in the United States

Soccer is here to stay whether you buy it or not. In this episode, we discuss the 7 reasons why I’m a big-time buyer in the future of soccer in the United States. 
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Internationally, soccer is the biggest sport. It’s just that in the US it’s not. While it has grown over the years, it’s not there…Yet. But as I look ahead, I see an incredible future for soccer in the United States. After thinking, reading, studying, and asking, I have 7 reasons why I believe soccer has an enormous future in the US. 

The 7 reasons why I believe soccer has an enormous future in the United States: 
0:38 | Length of games
3:28 | Branding
6:03 | Amount of leagues and tournaments
8:15 | Television rights 
10:22 | Recognizable Players
12:15 | The potential in the United States market
14:15 | Football is at its peak