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Welcome to the SportsEpreneur Podcast! The podcast where sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health collide! SportsEpreneur is a sports content marketing and collaborative team. Our podcast is all about showcasing difference makers in and around the world of sports.



Difference-makers we feature include sports business leaders, athletes, managers, coaches, trainers, and those impacting the sports market. Guests include the likes of Mo Ali Heydarpour (soccer content creator and influencer), Cullen Jones (USA Swimming gold medalist), David Meltzer (Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing and host of The Playbook podcast), Tim Kight (co-host of The Focus 3 Podcast with Urban Meyer), AJ Vaynerchuk (co-founder of VaynerMedia and VaynerSports), Steve Lavin (former UCLA basketball coach and FoxSports broadcaster), Thad Matta (former Ohio State Buckeyes basketball coach).



Current and former professional athletes and managers include Ohio State Buckeyes: Chimdi Chekwa, James Cotton, Alan Major | Seattle Mariners: Tom Murphy | New York Mets: Ty Kelly | Sacramento Kings and Sacramento River Cats: Galen Duncan, Chip Maxson | Buffalo Bills among other NFL Teams: Marquise Sullivan, Mike Hollis | NHL and professional hockey: Theo Fleury | Soccer: Jeff Attinella of the Portland Timbers, Modern Day GK | West Virginia Mountaineers' Grant Wiley | and many more!



SportsEpreneur (SE) is not here to replace The Dan Patrick Show or Barstool Sports Radio or The Herd or The Ringer or replace entrepreneur podcasts like EOFire or My First Million or Masters of Scale or The GaryVee Audio Experience, or any other of the thousands of sports and entrepreneurial podcasts. SE is a category that we believe any leader with an interest in and around the sports world will find inspiring and useful. And most of all thought-provoking. While showcasing the amazing stories that exist near the intersection of sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health.



SportsEpreneur | the podcast where sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health collide!

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Welcome to the SportsEpreneur Podcast! The podcast where sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health collide! SportsEpreneur is a sports content marketing and collaborative team. Our podcast is all about showcasing difference makers in and around the world of sports.



Difference-makers we feature include sports business leaders, athletes, managers, coaches, trainers, and those impacting the sports market. Guests include the likes of Mo Ali Heydarpour (soccer content creator and influencer), Cullen Jones (USA Swimming gold medalist), David Meltzer (Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing and host of The Playbook podcast), Tim Kight (co-host of The Focus 3 Podcast with Urban Meyer), AJ Vaynerchuk (co-founder of VaynerMedia and VaynerSports), Steve Lavin (former UCLA basketball coach and FoxSports broadcaster), Thad Matta (former Ohio State Buckeyes basketball coach).



Current and former professional athletes and managers include Ohio State Buckeyes: Chimdi Chekwa, James Cotton, Alan Major | Seattle Mariners: Tom Murphy | New York Mets: Ty Kelly | Sacramento Kings and Sacramento River Cats: Galen Duncan, Chip Maxson | Buffalo Bills among other NFL Teams: Marquise Sullivan, Mike Hollis | NHL and professional hockey: Theo Fleury | Soccer: Jeff Attinella of the Portland Timbers, Modern Day GK | West Virginia Mountaineers' Grant Wiley | and many more!



SportsEpreneur (SE) is not here to replace The Dan Patrick Show or Barstool Sports Radio or The Herd or The Ringer or replace entrepreneur podcasts like EOFire or My First Million or Masters of Scale or The GaryVee Audio Experience, or any other of the thousands of sports and entrepreneurial podcasts. SE is a category that we believe any leader with an interest in and around the sports world will find inspiring and useful. And most of all thought-provoking. While showcasing the amazing stories that exist near the intersection of sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health.



SportsEpreneur | the podcast where sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health collide!

    SE Remastered | Tom Murphy of the Seattle Mariners

    SE Remastered | Tom Murphy of the Seattle Mariners

    Hard work and effort. Sounds easy. Sounds boring. Tom Murphy, catcher for the Seattle Mariners proves it is anything but easy and boring. Any ball player and any individual looking for a calming and inspiring influence would do well to watch how Tom carries himself on and off the field.

    In an effort to amplify great people, we bring you this remastered episode from 2019. Every aspect of the conversation applies to today. This episode is a frequently listened-to episode. So we’re bringing it back — and as a classic deserves, it has been audio remastered for your 2022+ listening pleasure!

    In this episode with Seattle Mariners, Tom Murphy, we take on the topics of:



    * MLB trades and their wide-ranging impact

    * showing up to a new city and new team

    * consuming yourself with training and film

    * family and the life of a ball player

    * learning from your parents

    * preparing for life after baseball

    * travel baseball and parents’ over-involvement in youth sports

    * the incredible talent in Major League Baseball



    Tom Murphy previously played for the Colorado Rockies. In college, he attended and played baseball for the University of Buffalo.

    We strive for this conversation to provide more context and different content than you’ll find anywhere else in regards to this ball player…this SportsEpreneur → Tom Murphy | thanks to Tom for engaging in this wide-open dialogue.

    More about Tom Murphy: MLB Player Page

    and the Seattle Mariners: Seattle Mariner’s website | Instagram | TikTok | Twitter

    Websites you should definitely check out:



    * SportsEpreneur

    * KazCM Podcast Production



    More content related to MLB:



    * SE28 | David Ring | Growing a Baseball Business Through Instagram

    * Taking a Stand Against MLB Blackout Restrictions

    * Is Being a White Sox Fan Driving Me Insane?

    * Minor League, Major Impact: Charlotte Knights



    Connect with SE:



    * SportsEpreneur: Twitter, Instagram

    * Eric Kasimov: Twitter, LinkedIn



    That’s a wrap:



    Thank you for listening to this episode on SportsEpreneur titled, “SE Remastered | Tom Murphy of the Seattle Mariners”.

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    • 47 min
    AthMindset | Dr. Jessica Bartley, Director of Mental Health for Team USA

    AthMindset | Dr. Jessica Bartley, Director of Mental Health for Team USA

    From significant injury as a soccer goalkeeper > to noticing a lack of resources > to leading the athlete mental health team for Team USA. And so much work and stories in between it all.

    Senior Director of Psychological Services at USOPC and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Denver, Dr. Jessica Bartley chats with Lisa Bonta-Sumii, LCSW, CSW in this episode about athlete mental health for Team USA.

    Dr. Jessica Bartley is the director of mental health for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Jessica focuses her efforts on building the organization’s commitment to supporting athletes holistically. Jessica Bartley is responsible for the development and implementation of mental health services and programming for Team USA.

    Jessica has a decade-plus of work in the mental health space. She collaborates closely with the USOPC’s sport psychology team and internal mental health working group as she leads the management of mental health crisis, and the development and execution of mental health emergency action plans for Team USA athletes.

    Prior to joining the USOPC, Jessica spent nearly eight years at the University of Denver in roles as a clinical assistant professor in the sport and performance psychology program, as well as a behavioral health consultant and staff psychologist. Prior to the University of Denver, she worked as a clinical psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A licensed psychologist and licensed clinical social worker in the state of Colorado, Bartley is also a certified mental performance consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. (source: TeamUSA.org)

    Questions/Topics explored in this conversation with Dr. Jessica Bartley:

    – You have been recently promoted to the Senior Director of Psychological Services at the USOPC. Prior to that you held the position of the Director of Mental Health Services for the past 2 years. What brought on the creation of these roles? How do these 2 roles differ?

    – What informs your interest in this work?

    – The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, highlighted athletes like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka speaking up about their own mental health. How do you feel that these athletes sharing their personal stories impacts athlete mental health awareness?

    – There are other Olympians who don’t have the kind of platform or visibility that Biles and Osaka have. What kinds of mental health experiences have you seen by the athletes that reach out to you for services?

    – In recent months, you attended the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing. What was your experience like being there in the bubble? What were some of the mental health needs of the athletes that you and your team served?

    – What action steps are essential to take to continue to address the mental health needs of Olympic and Paralympic athletes?



    This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. And it’s all about mental health in sports.

    From Lisa: I’m Lisa Bonta Sumii and this is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. This podcast series is a space for conversations with athletes, coaches, practitioners, and stakeholders in sports. And it’s where those individuals share their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on mental health in sports. 

    Eric Kasimov of SportsEpreneur is generously hosting the AthMindset Podcast Series on his platform as he deeply believes that these conversations are essential and deserve to be prioritized.

    This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. SportsEpreneur — the content platform where sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health collide!

    • 31 min
    AthMindset | The Life of an NBA Agent with Josh Beauregard-Bell

    AthMindset | The Life of an NBA Agent with Josh Beauregard-Bell

    “I care about being a better person.” – Josh Beauregard-Bell

    NBA Agent, Josh Beauregard-Bell chats with Lisa Bonta-Sumii, LCSW, CSW in this episode about the life of an NBA agent.

    So often, the public assumes that sports agents are in it for all the wrong reasons. But then you hear a conversation like this–and remember, there are great people in this line of work doing good for others. Josh’s humility, work ethic, and character shine through. This episode is all about the life of an NBA agent — with Josh Beauregard-Bell.

    Josh is a sports agent within the Basketball Division of Octagon Sports. Josh assists in the management of some of the top NBA players, as well as some athletes who play professionally overseas. Players represented by Octagon Basketball include Steph Curry and Bam Adebayo.

    Josh holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He even started the Black Business Association during his time at UCSB.



    This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. And it’s all about mental health in sports.

    From Lisa: I’m Lisa Bonta Sumii and this is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. This podcast series is a space for conversations with athletes, coaches, practitioners, and stakeholders in sports. And it’s where those individuals share their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on mental health in sports. 

    Eric Kasimov of SportsEpreneur is generously hosting the AthMindset Podcast Series on his platform as he deeply believes that these conversations are essential and deserve to be prioritized.

    This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. SportsEpreneur — the content platform where sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health collide! If you are looking to start a podcast or create original content, you have to talk with the team at SportsEpreneur. I work with them and I vouch for them. It’s that simple. Go to SportsE.io to learn more. 

    Are you an athlete or entrepreneur looking to create content? Learn More.

    Websites worth a look:



    * SportsEpreneur

    * KazCM Podcast Production

    * AthMindset | Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW



    More content around basketball:



    * Gary Brackett & David West | Locker Room to Board Room

    * ClutchTimeout | Thad Matta | Championship Culture Stories

    * SE06 | Marcus Fizer | A Basketball Journey



    Connecting:



    * Josh Beauregard-Bell: LinkedIn | Twitter

    * Octogan Basketball: Website | Twitter

    * Lisa Bonta Sumii: LinkedIn | Twitter

    * Eric Kasimov: Twitter | LinkedIn

    * SportsEpreneur: TikTok | Instagram | a href="https://twitter...

    • 40 min
    AthMindset | The Timeout App and Athlete Mental Health with Maya McClendon

    AthMindset | The Timeout App and Athlete Mental Health with Maya McClendon

    “A mental health diagnosis is not a death sentence”. This episode is about de-stigmatizing mental health challenges and prioritizing conversations around them.

    In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW is joined by a trailblazer in her field, Maya McClendon. Maya works as a mental health and sustainability advocate. Maya was a highly decorated volleyball player at Arizona State University and the University of Louisville. She studied pre-med and psychology. In 2021 she founded The Timeout App. Timeout as Maya says is the future of mental health care delivery for athletes. Maya and Lisa have an impactful and candid conversation about mental health and the “practice of positivity” despite the stigmas that surround it.

    Episode topics



    * It takes courage to open up and shed light on mental health struggles.

    * Community support and connection through mental heath struggles are critical.

    * “Storytelling” is the first step toward mental wellness.

    * “You can’t spell listen without silent.”

    * Coaches should be mental health allies for their student-athletes.

    * The ideas and thoughts of black, indigenous, and people of color should be prioritized and fairly represented.

    * Emotional intelligence is developed and is an important factor in mental wellness.

    * “Diagnosis is not a death sentence.”

    * Learning how to shift roles within a team while still adding value to the team

    * Bridging the gap between the older and younger generations when it comes to understanding and relating to mental health

    * Suicide awareness and prevention

    * Support and outreach in the BIPOC community

    * Being aware of “veering from a state of wellness to illness.”

    * Physical vs. mental health









    Key Episode Moment (timestamp)

    30:03-32:59 – Maya talks about self-care and the “day-to-day discipline” it takes to manage her mental well-being. She is an example of the fact that high-functioning people can still struggle with mental health. She details the daily practices that help her in maintaining wellness. This includes taking medication, addressing the true issues at hand, emotional intelligence, and putting mental and physical health on the same playing field.

    More about Maya McClendon

    Maya McClendon is a mental health and sustainability advocate based in Louisville, Kentucky. Maya McClendon was a highly decorated volleyball player at Arizona State University and the University of Louisville. Among her accolades, were AAC Freshman of the Year, ACC All-American, AAC Conference Champion, and ACC Conference Champion. She was also nominated as 2013 Under Armour All-American and was chosen to represent the USA Junior National team in the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation Tournament in Nicaragua. In college, she studied Pre Medicine-psychology and graduated in 2017 before working at the University of Louisville Hospital and shadowing various specialties within the medical field. In January 2019, Maya founded the Sports Metaphor, LCC and participated in speaking engagements for the PAC12, the Green Sports Alliance, as well as various youth programs about holistic health and wellness related to sports. In 2021, she founded the Timeout App a digital health and wellness platform for athletes and sports organizations.



    This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. And it’s all about mental health in sports.

    From Lisa: I’m Lisa Bonta Sumii and this is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur.

    • 49 min
    AthMindset | Trey Wertz of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish & Langston Wertz Jr of The Charlotte Observer

    AthMindset | Trey Wertz of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish & Langston Wertz Jr of The Charlotte Observer

    The way you show up in the world is reflective of your character. That is exactly what Trey Wertz and his father Langston Wertz Jr. strive to do every day — show up and be good citizens. Join us for this special episode that shines a spotlight on what it means to truly dedicate yourself completely on and off the court. Trey and Langston epitomize commitment in all they do.

    In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW shares space with Trey Wertz and Trey’s father, Langston Wertz Jr. Trey is in his senior year at Notre Dame where he plays basketball for the Fighting Irish and studies economics. Trey is pursuing a master’s in business analytics. Langston has been an entertainment and award-winning sports journalist at the Charlotte Observer since 1988. He’s covered everything from Final Fours and NFL to video games and Britney Spears.

    Lisa is close personal friends with the Wertz family and she is also Trey’s godmother! This interaction is genuine, heartfelt, and touches on many important topics in the sports world today.

    Topics explored in this conversation:



    * overcoming obstacles and dedication to greatness in athletics

    * the importance of mental health in athletics

    * balancing academics, sports, and personal life

    * mutual commitment to the sport for both parents and athletes

    * letting your actions speak for themselves on and off the court

    * community outreach means being a “good citizen” and an asset to your neighbor

    * setting healthy boundaries

    * social media and its influence on the perception of reality

    * reliance on faith and personal values

    * de-stigmatizing mental health in the sports world

    * a father and son relationship



    Trey Wertz and his father Langston Wertz Jr. embody what it means to be good citizens. The pride Trey’s father feels for his son is evident. Trey is low-key on social media and at times a quiet observer. He is a man who is truly humble and lets his actions speak for themselves. That integrity is carried with him in everything that he does. His upbringing and strong support system prepared him for a bright future in college basketball, academics, and whatever he decides to do next. Trey’s advice is “run your own race”. Enjoy what is and do not worry too much about tomorrow.

    Must See! Trey Wertz’s buzzer-beater in the ACC Tournament!





    This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. And it’s all about mental health in sports.

    From Lisa: I’m Lisa Bonta Sumii and this is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. This podcast series is a space for conversations with athletes, coaches, practitioners, and stakeholders in sports. And it’s where those individuals share their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on mental health in sports. 

    Eric Kasimov of SportsEpreneur is generously hosting the AthMindset Podcast Series on his platform as he deeply believes that these conversations are essential and deserve to be prioritized.

    This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. SportsEpreneur — the content platform where sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health collide! If you are looking to start a podcast or create original content, you have to talk with the team at SportsEpreneur. I work with them and I vouch for them. It’s that simple. Go to SportsE.io to learn more. 

    Are you an athlete or entrepreneur looking to create content? Learn More.

    Websites worth a look:



    * Trey Wertz | Notre Dame Fighting Irish player page

    * Langston Wertz Jr | Charlotte Observer page

    • 1 hr
    AthMindset | Hugh Roberts | Athlete Activist and Professional Soccer Player

    AthMindset | Hugh Roberts | Athlete Activist and Professional Soccer Player

    It’s amazing the difference you can make when you are dedicated to a cause. Hugh Roberts, athlete activist and professional soccer player — and our guest for this podcast episode, talks about it all in this conversation.

    His passion to help his family and community is the driver to build his life outside of soccer — and for the time he transitions out of playing soccer, whenever that may be.

    In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW shares space with professional soccer player, Hugh Roberts. Hugh currently plays for Monterey Bay FC and he is the founder of BackYardFooty. He is an executive committee member of the USL Black Players Alliance and he is also an executive board member of the Anti-Racist Soccer Club. He manages to keep up with a rigorous practice schedule and find time for activism within his community.

    Topics explored in this episode with Hugh Roberts | Athlete Activist and Professional Soccer Player



    * Pro athletes are more than just the sport.

    * Black Lives Matter movement and racism within the sport

    * Social and racial activism

    * Influences that made a clear impact

    * Embracing new experiences

    * Transitioning from soccer to life after soccer

    * A day in the life of a professional soccer player

    * Regional differences and their cultural impacts











    Podcast episode moments:

    15:01-18:22 – Hugh talks about his business, BackYardFooty, and how he used his podcast to spread awareness for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Those episodes were some of the most formative of his career. His ultimate goal is to lead a life of activism and entrepreneurship that far extends beyond professional soccer. He has a clear vision for the opportunities that surround him.

    27:16-29:46 – Hugh talks about his interests outside of soccer. He talks about the Black Lives Matter Movement as it relates to mental health.



    This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. And it’s all about mental health in sports.

    From Lisa: I’m Lisa Bonta Sumii and this is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. This podcast series is a space for conversations with athletes, coaches, practitioners, and stakeholders in sports. And it’s where those individuals share their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on mental health in sports. 

    Eric Kasimov of SportsEpreneur is generously hosting the AthMindset Podcast Series on his platform as he deeply believes that these conversations are essential and deserve to be prioritized.

    This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. SportsEpreneur — the content platform where sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health collide! If you are looking to start a podcast or create original content, you have to talk with the team at SportsEpreneur. I work with them and I vouch for them. It’s that simple. Go to SportsE.io to learn more. 

    Are you an athlete or entrepreneur looking to create content? Learn More.

    Website worth a look:



    * BackYardFooty

    * Hugh Roberts | transfermarkt page

    * SportsEpreneur

    * KazCM Podcast Production

    * AthMindset | Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW



    More content around soccer and movements



    * AthMindset | Soccer Raised Me with Nana Attakora

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