On the Whistle explores the impact that coaches, teachers and administrators from schools and youth organizations have on improving young people’s lives. Each episode features topics such as resilience, leadership, responsibility, and self-awareness as we examine the journey every athlete and mentor takes from the heart to the mind.
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Transforming Lives Through Tennis
This week, I virtually sit down with Adam Slone of Life Serve Youth Foundation. Adam is the founder of LSYF, an organization using the sport of tennis to transform the lives of underprivileged youth.
The program, a two-week sleepaway camp in upstate New York focuses on bettering the lives of children of financially limited families through mentorship, physical activity, learning, but most of all, FUN.
Adam’s young life was riddled with obstacles as he fought the debilitating Gaucher’s Disease. He tells us how this medical diagnosis changed the course of his life at a young age and where it brought him today.
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Wrestling with Mentorship
During my interview with Bior Guigni, CEO of Beat the Streets New England we uncover how this exemplary mentor went from being one of California’s first female wrestlers to helping foster the development of community outreach programs in Boston and Providence.
We hear about how wrestling shaped her upbringing; preparing her for “the next match” no matter what or when it was. Her program, Beat the Streets New England uses wrestling as a tool and motivator to teach our youth to successfully overcome socio-economic injustices.
Check them out here: Beat the Streets New England - btsne.org
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Unity in Uniforms featuring the SquadLocker Team
Join our SquadLocker team on a different type of episode of On The Whistle this week! Guests are
Tip Fairchild- Sales Director, Former Pro Baseball Player
Stephanie Mirando – Marketing Director, Former NCCA Athlete
Dan Koppen – Enterprise Brand Advocate, Former Pro Football player and Superbowl champ
They join Gary as they chop it up about apparel, what it means to them and how it felt to be a youth in sports. Uniforms are more than just a piece of clothing -- it brings a sense of pride and joy to the youth and may mean more than you know.
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The Mental Health of an Athlete
This week’s episode features references to suicide and self-harm. If you or a loved one is experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please know there are resources to get you immediate help. You can call the suicide prevention hotline 24/7: 800-273-8255 or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/
This week, I talk with the founder and president of Elevate Lacrosse and Elevate Academy in Long Island, NY, Dave Kotowoski. Dave tells me a little bit of his story on how he got to where he is today. In the episode, you’ll hear about how he was afforded the opportunity to study at Brown University and meet a life-changing mentor…all while remaining a three-sport athlete. Listen to Dave’s uplifting story to hear his rise from a troubled youth to a successful Ivy League scholar who – after spending some time on Wall Street – decided coaching young kids is where he belongs.
We Not Me
This week’s episode, “We Not Me” features a great conversation with coach Dave Steckel. Stec – as his player’s call him – has an extensive collegiate coaching resume featuring schools like Rutgers, University of Missouri, and Missouri State University. We discuss his recent book, “The Fisherman; Leadership Traits to Win the Game of Life.
Coach highlights the importance of overcoming conflict and disagreements privately and working together as a team as the key to success on the field. Stec also explains how preconceived notions caused his career shift..and it’s not what you’d think…
You read the book for yourself here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1938254856/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk
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Every Kids Sports: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
This week, Natalie Hummel – co-founder of Every Kids Sports – joins On the Whistle to discuss her program and its mission to enable underprivileged youth a chance to place recreational sports. In the show, we uncover some of Natalie’s past with regard to how sports and coaches molded her into the successful person she is today.
We learn of a coaching change that gave her a chance to showcase her talents and now, Natalie is giving kids a chance to showcase their own talents, no matter the community or income level.
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