If you peel back the curtain on any team, school or organization you can probably find a little of all the above. However, what is mainly reflected back to the athletes? How do they perceive their value to you and who and what they mean to the organization?
During the PAADS Athlete Development Summit in Daytona Beach last week, an open forum conversation on the topic of mental health and wellness in elite athletics provided some context for those having difficulty determining where mental wellness ends and mental health begins.
Learning that there is knowledge and wisdom to be found everywhere is something that seems to come with age; a fact which can be very frustrating when working with young people who often don't want to listen - no matter how important or useful the information you're trying to convey!
There are many things to miss about being a collegiate athlete but personally, the hardest thing to leave behind is the camaraderie and environment that brings. Being a member of a college team is, I think, unlike anything in the world. Members are brought together from all over, joined, in the beginning, by nothing more than their love for a sport that frequently doesn’t love them back.
The FIFA World Cup is by far one of the most significant global events other than the Olympics. The meeting of 32 teams of different ethnicities, backgrounds, and training reminds the world of their love for soccer: the competition, the upsets, and the sense of nationality that brings people together as nothing else can. The World Cup also acts as a distraction from the pressing world issues we face today. For example, the Saudi Arabian attack on Yemen. With so many countries competing in this tournament, one would think the conflicts between nations or situations impacting the athletes would be brought into the spotlight along with the teams. But with the 2018 World Cup entering its final weeks, have the athletes and fans taken advantage of this global platform the World Cup provides to promote the global issues that need to be addressed?