Thank you for being a parent and thank you for letting your child play sports, as it can build and develop so many characteristics that can help them be successful later in life. Frederick Douglass once said, “It is easier to build up strong children than it is to repair broken men.” Parenting is hard – unless being perfect is natural for you. Parenting an athlete can be even harder at times because it is so public. It might not seem easy to build up strong children and raise them the right way – especially, when it comes to their athletic careers – but it is so worth it. All we must do is turn on the TV, scroll through social media, or interact with people on a daily basis and we see the need for more positive values such as respect, responsibility, and gratitude. When we positively develop our children, we are helping to influence and shape the future. Our children are the future leaders. How will they be taught to lead? Sports is a microcosm of life and a great means by which to teach our children lessons that they might not experience as much or as quickly otherwise. Just like we want our children to be better members of the community, we also want them to be the most valuable teammate that they can be for their team. In the same way, as parents we can also play a big part in making the team better. Here are 9 ways that you can be the most valuable parent on your child’s team …
Josh McDowell has spoken to approximately 35 million people, in 140 countries. Josh has written or co-authored more than 150 books in over 100 languages including More Than a Carpenter with over 27 million copies distributed and Evidence That Demands a Verdict, named one of the twentieth century’s top 40 books and one of the thirteen most influential books of the last 50 years on Christian thought by World Magazine. Evidence That Demands a Verdict also just won the 2018 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association award in the Bible reference book category.
In 1991, Josh founded Operation Carelift to meet the physical and spiritual needs he discovered in orphanages, hospitals, schools, and prisons in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Josh has received two significant honors from the Russian people because of these efforts. He is the only non-Russian to receive an honorary doctor of pediatrics degree from the Russian Academy of Medicine — in recognition of his work among the children of Russia. Also, Josh is the only foreigner to become a member of the prestigious Russian Club of Scientists. Operation Carelift, which has grown into in one of the largest humanitarian aid organizations based in the United States, is now a part of Global Aid Network (GAiN USA). In addition to many other awards, Josh has been nominated 36 times for the Gold Medallion Award and has received that award on four occasions.
- Trying to prove that Christians were wrong when he was a college student
- How Christians should approach politics
- What it was like to have a movie made about his life
- Advice when talking to teenagers
- … and so much more!!!
Jon Gordon is a best-selling author, motivational coach and motivational speaker. His books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 16 books including six best-sellers: “The Energy Bus,” “The Carpenter,” “Training Camp,” “You Win in the Locker Room First,” “The Power of Positive Leadership,” and “The Power of a Positive Team.” Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Rams, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West Point Academy, and more.
- Getting rejected by more than 30 publishers
- Writing a book in 3 weeks
- Being positive in the world today
- Working with high-level sports teams
- … and so much more!!!
Dana Cavalea spent 12 years with the New York Yankees Organization, many of those years as the Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance Enhancement winning a World Series in 2009.
In addition, he was the recipient of the 2009 MLB Nolan Ryan Award. This award is given to MLB’s top Strength Coach as voted by his peers. During his career, Dana has had the opportunity to train greats such as Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Justin Verlander, and more.
Currently he is a high performance speaker and consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, Workforces and Universities on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life balance, and most importantly improve daily performance/outcomes. All of this is known as Performance Enhancement.
Dana has formulated plans and strategies to improve sleep, reduce pain, lower stress, improve body composition, speed-strength-power, as well as mindset training for maximal performance.
- His journey in Major League Baseball
- Why the Yankees were so successful
- Advice for coaches and parents of athletes
“It’s what you read when you don’t have to that will determine who you are when you can’t help it.” (Oscar Wilde)
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” (Margaret Fuller)
It’s often said that all great leaders are readers. John C. Maxwell talks about leadership being about influence, nothing more and nothing less. If this is the case, then in order to be more influential it makes sense that you would want to gain knowledge and a greater understanding of the world that you know and that you don’t know.
Matt Morse is the author of the #1 best-seller “Mental Game VIP” and co-author (with Brian Cain) of “Mental Conditioning for Baseball.” He is a former NCAA Division-I baseball player turned innovative entrepreneur, author, speaker, consultant, and coach who equips top businesses, authors, speakers, coaches, athletes, and teams with the tools and strategies needed to maximize their impact. Matt is also the founder of Kaifect, a full-service impact agency that specializes in online marketing, branding, web development, social media, content creation, copywriting, graphic design, audio/video production, product creation and launches, live events, Facebook Ads, affiliate marketing, research and reporting, and digital strategies.
During his third year as a college baseball player, he got injured and had to redshirt. As an aspiring college baseball coach, Matt used his time while recovering to create an interview series with 21 of baseball’s top mental performance coaches, which evolved into a book and audio program called Mental Game VIP. At the same time, peak performance coach Brian Cain asked Matt to co-author his next book, Mental Conditioning for Baseball, to add a student-athlete’s perspective and insight on the mental game. Following the success of Mental Game VIP, Matt created a similar project focused on leadership that became Leadership VIP. His passion for coaching quickly shifted from on-the-field coaching to business coaching when he saw the opportunity and demand for business development in the sports arena. Matt has had the incredible privilege to be surrounded by great coaches throughout his life, including Don Beebe, Brian Shoop, and Brian Cain.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- The importance of social media and personal branding
- Getting started as an entrepreneur while in college
- Using drones in his business
Jason Romano is the host and producer of the Sports Spectrum podcast where he interviews athletes, coaches, and other personalities on the intersection of sports and faith. He is also a speaker, author, media consultant and church leader with 20 years of professional broadcasting experience on the regional and network level. For 17 years, Jason was a Senior Manager and Producer at ESPN. He has created and produced content for shows such as SportsCenter, Monday Night Football, Mike and Mike in the Morning, Sunday NFL Countdown, College Gameday, MLB’s All Star Game. During his time at ESPN, Jason produced content for ESPN Radio, helped lead and grow the talent booking department, building relationships with the biggest names in sports as well as creating and managing the NFL on ESPN’s social media channels, growing them to over 6 million followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Jason has spoken to thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches. He’s a big advocate of social media, having built up large followings both for ESPN’s social feeds as well as his own personal brand. Jason’s first book, “Live to Forgive” was published in January of 2018.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- The amazing guests that he has had on his Sports Spectrum podcast
- Why it is so hard to forgive others and why we need to forgive
- Who is on Jason’s bucket list for future podcast guests
- His experiences and 17 years at ESPN
Daniel Hare is the host of the All-Star Leader Podcast. He has interviewed such big-time guests as former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts, College Football Playoff Committee Chair Kirby Hocutt, Orlando Magic Co-Founder Pat Williams, and Jon Gordon. Daniel currently holds the position of Director of Career Development and Employer Relations at Baylor Law School. Daniel is also a licensed attorney with a wills, estate planning and probate practice. He is formerly the athletic director at Western Oregon University. Daniel is involved in the Waco community through a wide variety of organizations and efforts. He is an active member and volunteer leader at Antioch Community Church, where he also mentors elementary school students through the STARS program. Daniel is also a mentor through the LEAD program of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- Memorable guests and moments that he has had on his show
- Common traits from guests that have appeared on his show
- Podcasts that a podcast host likes to listen to
- Wisdom and discernment when faced with politicians we disagree with
Betsy Butterick is the Coaches’ Coach and the Communication Specialist that businesses and teams call upon when they are serious about improving. Betsy is a former college athlete and has worked at the NCAA Division I, II, and III levels of college basketball. Her experience and expertise have allowed her to work with some of the top teams and speak at prestigious conferences across the country.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- How to have parking karma
- Why communication is important and how you can use it to your advantage
- What teams and organizations need to do to maximize their success
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” (Les Brown)
In his book WINNING EVERY DAY, the former Notre Dame football coach, Lou Holtz, tells the story of the Trappist monk who was allowed to say only two words every three years.
After the first three years, he met with Brother Superior and said, “Bad bed!”
Three years later, he came back to say, “Bad food!”
After three more years of silence, the monk said, “No TV!”
Another three years passed. This time, when the monk met with Brother Superior, he handed him his robes and sandals and announced, “I quit!”
Brother Superior said, “Well don’t expect me to try to dissuade you. You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here!”
It was pretty obvious that the monk didn’t add value to his fellow monks or to the atmosphere.
“The education of a man is never complete until he dies.” (Robert E. Lee)
Each summer, I try to knock out a few new ones. This upcoming summer, I plan on reading the following 16 books to further develop my thinking.