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33 minutes | Nov 9, 2017
Dr. Maria and Mr. Mark McKenna, RH Youth Sports.
This weeks podcast takes a unique twist, as we speak to two professors at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana both of whom made a significant difference in the...
27 minutes | Oct 20, 2017
Don’t Lose Sight of the Goal Line – Dr. Jarik Conrad
I was moved by the images of the players, owners, and coaches kneeling and locking arms prior to the Monday night game, as well as other demonstrations of unity that have happened since. It is encouraging to see people responding so strongly to President Trump’s handling of this issue, but in so doing, they have unwittingly made the protest about him. I fear that we have made little progress regarding a broad understanding of the original protest – bias, discrimination, and unbalanced police brutality against African-Americans. In an interview after the game on Monday, outspoken Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stressed that the demonstration was about unity and equality, without acknowledging any bias or discrimination. Had Jones responded with even some of the passion shown by Greg Popovich (coach of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs), it would have made a much more substantive impact. Almost everyone would say they are for unity and equality. The challenge is in people’s different interpretations of what that means. People are questioning the patriotism of players who take a knee. I honestly believe the protesters may be just as patriotic, if not more patriotic, as those who don’t. Nobody is defacing or burning the flag. Nobody is advocating violence. Nobody is loud or disruptive. People are simply and quietly taking a knee. Many of the protesters do so with their hands on their hearts. Moreover, the protest is not about the military. The military angle is just a red herring created by non-veterans to divert people’s attention from the real issue. In fact, we have heard from veterans who say they fought for the right to freedom of speech. What is most troubling is that one group (that hasn’t shared the experience or trauma of the other) is telling another group how it should more appropriately use that freedom to voice its displeasure over its traumatization, particularly when the protest is not bringing hardship upon anyone else. Who knows what some of those same critics might do if the roles were reversed? The protest is an attempt to bring attention to the fact that America is not living up to the values of freedom and equality represented by the flag or espoused in the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. In other words, they want us to be who we say we are – and we are falling short of that in many cases. America is not great because we say it – we must do the work to make those words and sentiments reflect reality. Otherwise, it is merely propaganda. Isn’t it possible to love the country and want it to be better at the same time? For those who say that if we don’t like it, we should leave: And go where? African-Americans are not visitors here. We all know the story of how we got here. Almost 250 years of free labor should entitle us to full citizenship, but the numbers suggest otherwise. In many aspects of American life, studies consistently suggest that the playing field is not level for African-Americans. Education is thought to be the “Great Equalizer,” but U.S. Census data points out that, with the same education, African-Americans still make less money and have a higher unemployment rate than whites. It is insensitive for people to get upset at African-Americans for having the courage to speak up (or take a knee) when we have been wronged. It is profoundly arrogant to get upset at people for speaking out when the data suggest that they have legitimate reasons to do so – particularly when it comes to the criminal justice system. Probably the scariest aspect of African-American life in America is the relationship with the police. There have been dozens of unarmed African-American men shot in the streets because police officers indicated that they felt in danger or thought these guys might have been armed. This is a terrifying reality for any African-American man, regardless of education or professional accomplishment. We don’t wear our diplomas and resumes on our sleeves. When wealthy African-Americans take off their business suits or sports uniforms, the people they encounter don’t see wealth or education – they see race. It’s not all they see, but they do see it at both a conscious and subconscious level. Study after study demonstrates that our brains respond differently when we are shown pictures of different racial groups. No group activates the fear mechanisms in the brain in these experiments like African-American males. The idea that people believe the phrase “black lives matter” is offensive, is equally perplexing. To say that “all lives matter” would totally miss the point – there has never been a question that white lives matter. From slavery, through Jim Crow, and today, African Americans have first explicitly, and now more subtly, been treated and depicted as inferior, as though our lives don’t matter. Just take a moment and imagine how desperate those inner-city kids must be if they choose to put their lives on the line each day fighting over limited resources and shooting at each other rather than going to school. Not only do they not value the lives of the people they are shooting at, they don’t value their own lives. That perspective wasn’t created in a vacuum. One of the reasons we continue to struggle to come together is that America is still highly segregated across racial lines. As a result, it is easy to believe stereotypes and third-party stories about one another. We don’t live or play together. As a result, we are not forming the kinds of bonds that connect us to a broader tribe. The fact that we are segregated also sheds more insight into so-called “black-on-black” crime. It is true that if you are an African-American homicide victim, your assailant is significantly more likely to be African-American than white. However, it is also true that, if you are a white homicide victim, your assailant is significantly more likely to be white. Crime is intra-racial because our lives are lived in intra-racial circles. That is true, except for professionals of color. Most their lives are spent with people who don’t look like them – at work, and in their neighborhoods. Again, try for a moment to imagine what that feels like. If you are white, imagine moving to a new neighborhood where the residents are all African-American. Some white Americans are genuinely experiencing “race fatigue.” They have grown weary of talking about racial issues. If you are in this camp, take a moment to think about the fatigue that African-Americans feel. African-Americans are tired of talking about it, too – and tired of living it. The only way to move past this discussion is to change the reality of the playing field that has yet to be leveled. If you tired of hearing about it, help end it. Do the right thing in the workplace and in your lives outside of work. Create truly equal opportunities and ensure the psychological and physical safety of all our citizens. Until then, understand that African-Americans are Americans too, and they want the words of the pledge and the anthem to ring just as true for them as it does for white Americans.
18 minutes | Sep 13, 2017
Peter Maglathlin – Chief Executive Officer, MBI, Inc.
Our guest today is Peter Maglathlin, Chairman, CEO and President of MBI a $350 million consumer products company, with an outstanding history of sales and profits since 1969. Peter was (and still is) an outstanding athlete. He was a varsity letter winner in 3 sports in high school: soccer, basketball and tennis (captain). He then played varsity tennis at Dartmouth College for 4 years. Played at the 1 and 2 singles spot his sophomore, junior and senior year. He was the team captain as a junior and senior. Ranked 8th all-time in Dartmouth tennis history with 103 career wins (singles and doubles). Played squash all four years at Dartmouth College. He was awarded the Archibald Athletic Prize recipient. Given to the best scholar athlete in the Dartmouth senior class. He graduated Darmouth in 1978 and from there went to Harvard Business School where he got his MBA. He grew in his professional career where he finds himself today running MBI. Peter is a perfect example of someone who excelled as an athlete, and had that wonder of whether he could be a professional, but instead realized his education would be a springboard to a professional life where he continues to thrive and make a difference. He address’s issues facing our youth today who compete in athletics, and stress’s the importance of balance and education.
23 minutes | Sep 6, 2017
Coach “Mo” Boykins, Founder & CEO of Team S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Our guest today is Coach Mo Boykins the Head Girl’s Basketball coach of Lower Merion High School. She is the President and Founder of Team S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Sustaining Unbelievable, Character, through Challenges, Empowerment, Sacrifice, Support). Team S.U.C.C.C.E.S.S. is Non-profit organization that is geared to exposing young men & ladies to fundamental sports development and education. She’s also very dedicated to Quality Assurance. “Basketball is the metaphor of life” she says “I push young student-athletes to let their passion be their vehicle to success !” She’s determined to touch lives in her community and all over the country! What makes coach Mo so special, as you will hear in this podcast, not only does she teach and share “life lessons” but her focus is to touch as many lives as possible, to leave an everlasting legacy! The youth is our future. What ever it is in life you aspire to be, always remember you can achieve if you believe !
25 minutes | Aug 31, 2017
Stan Wilcox, Florida State University Athletic Director
Florida State University Athletic Director Stan Wilcox, has led an incredibly full life in athletics. He’s served in an administrative roles at Notre Dame, the NCAA, Big East, and Duke University. He grew up in New York playing all kinds of sports, but was especially good in both baseball and basketball. He, like many boys in New York in the 60’s, dreamed of being either Tom Seaver or Walt Frazier. Legends are made on the basketball playgrounds of New York, and Wilcox became one of them. He was offered scholarships to all the top schools in the country coming out of High School. He chose Digger Phelps and Notre Dame, where as a freshman made it to the Final Four. In today’s podcast, Wilcox talks about a myriad of subjects from his young playing days, to when as he says “the light went on in his head” that playing in the NBA would not be a reality and how his education would take center stage. He also discusses his role as Florida State’s Athletic Director and the importance of recruiting athletes of character, who put as much effort into the classroom as they do in their respective sports.
18 minutes | Aug 23, 2017
Mike Shula, NFL Coach – Perspectives in Youth Sports
Mike Shula was born into a football family. His father Don, is the winningest coach in NFL history. The only coach to have an undefeated season with a Super Bowl Victory and an NFL Hall of Famer. Mike, like his father played different sports as a young boy and at one point was quite a pitcher, but his love for the game his father passionately approached every day of his life would be his passion as well. As a Quarterback, he led his High School Team to the state championship and from there went on to become the starting QB for the Alabama Crimson Tide. When his playing days were over he went into coaching and after several NFL assistant stints, and a head coaching stop at Alabama, he now finds himself as the offensive coordinator for the NFL Carolina Panthers. In this upcoming podcast, Mike talks about playing different sports as a young boy and what it was like having a dad as a famous and well respected coach in the bleachers watching. He also talks about youth athletics today and offers great advice to parents, coaches and athletes.
16 minutes | Aug 16, 2017
Don Shula, NFL Coach – Perspectives in Youth Sports
In our debut podcast we are honored to have the winningest coach in NFL History, Don Shula. As you will hear, Don was quite an athlete as a youth, a four sport letterman. He talks about his young days and how his relationships with his coaches helped shape his career. He also discusses what it was like for him watching his children compete, and offers advice to young athletes and coaches. We hope you enjoy the episode.
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