Every great athlete started with a dream. The Started With A Dream Podcast interviews athletes and the community that supports to share their journey and stories. Unlike most sports podcast this interview series with Jacolby Gilliam isn’t about how big an athlete’s name is but about their journey.
Like most athletes, Jacolby had this big dream growing up about being a Division-I college athlete. Somehow he made that happen. However, it wasn’t the exciting big signing day type story, but the tear his ACL his senior year of high school, let me try to walk-on at my dream University type of story. A lot of other stuff along the way.
His story doesn’t make him special, but it’s his journey. A journey that he thought he was alone on because of the stigma that athletes are supposed to be strong and not show weakness. He started 9INE POINT with the aspirations to spark a new platform for current and the next generation of athletes.
Basically, something he wishes he had growing up. Society always highlights the glamorous lifestyle of being an athlete but avoids talking about the ups and downs that come as well like the anxiety or depression after a bad injury.
So why this podcast? Because it is a place for YOU to hear stories, tips, and advice from athletes from around the world just being real. While also featuring insight from the community that supports them, coaches, nutritionists, and therapists.
Some of these athletes and supporters are very well known. Some are not known at all and that’s the cool part! 9INE POINT and The Started With A Dream Podcast is the first platform giving a voice to all athletes regardless of "popularity" and the athletic community that supports them. What dream YOU may have, the ups and downs YOU are going through as an athlete, we want to make sure YOU never feel like you’re going through it alone.
A Match of Patience: The journey of professional volleyball player Taylor Fricanp
In episode 96 of The 9INE POINT Started With A Dream Podcast, Jacolby talks with professional volleyball player Taylor Fricano about her journey.
Taylor shares the story of the Olympian that inspired her to start her volleyball journey to what it was like during the recruiting process. Once after having success during her college career it was time for her and pup Peanut to head overseas.
Tune in to hear more about mental health, patience while chasing your dreams, and remembering to have fun along the way.
Finding Your Confidence To Be Authentically You, with Paralympian Bethany Zummo
In this episode of the Started With A Dream Podcast presented by 9INE POINT, Jacolby Gilliam has a conversation with volleyball Paralympian and owner of Zummo Collective, Bethany Zummo. Bethany shares her story on how she became a volleyball athlete, some of the significant challenges she faced along the way. Through this journey, Bethany has grown and developed a new level of self-confidence to be the best she can be at what she loves.
She believes that everyone has their own 'normal,' and you have to embrace your own normal instead of being afraid of not being someone else's normal. Bethany wants other adaptive athletes to know that they are more than able to not focus on the label this is out there as disabled. Because of COVID, her Paralympic title defense has been put on hold for a while in 20202. However, Bethany has spent her time trying to curb the spread of the COVID. By using her sewing skills with the help of her family, The Zummo Collective was started to create filtered masks as a way of helping others and giving back to the community.
The biggest goal Bethany's wanted to achieve as a Paralympian (0:52)
What is normal and why Bethany believes normal can only be self-defined (1:51)
Bethany's first sports journey and some of the major challenges she faced (2:39)
How Bethany hurdled through the challenges she faced to develop and reinforce self-confidence (4:54)
Why it's important to embrace diversity (6:48)
When Bethany realized she was good at the sitting game (10:17)
Self-belief; Why Bethany beliefs that she deserves the best and how she works hard to arrive as the best (11:50)
Why Bethany decided to try the sitting volleyball (15:27)
Some of the fears and struggles Paralympian's face about wanting to not be labeled and why it's okay to not feel okay at first (17:10)
Bethany's dreams of the Olympics and Paralympics pre-COVID and how she was able to mentally carry on regardless of the current situation (21:40)
How Bethany is trying to make the most of the situation to help as many people as she can (26:15)
How Bethany became the mask maker to render as much aid as she could to others (27:00)
Other ways Bethany and her sisters have been giving back to their community (32:34)
"I would love to leave the sport knowing that it can be really competitive and really challenging to play. And that's the goal, I think for anyone, leaving the sport better than you found it."
"If I met someone who was like a little Bethany, like I would want to do my best to empower them and tell them, like, I know that you, you think you think this way now, and it's okay that you feel this way and it's not your fault that you feel this way."
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Episode 94: The Last Serve with Courtney Felinski
Imagine being in the middle of the playoffs looking good for a championship run and coach calls you that the rest of the season is canceled. Then he tells you that have to live the country immediately because of COVID-19. On top of that, you knew this was your last season playing professionally.
How would you feel? In episode 94 of the 9INE POINT Started with a Dream podcast, professional volleyball player Courtney Felinski shares her story and journey.
A journey from first falling in love with the game of volleyball. How it took her to countries overseas until the unexpected end in March when her season was canceled due to COVID-19.
Creating My Own Lane. The Journey of Kevin Capers
In episode 93 of http://9inepointmag.com/the_started_with_a_dream_podcast_jacolby_gilliam/ (The 9INE POINT Started With A Dream Podcast), http://9inepointmag.com/creator-jacolby-gilliam/ (Jacolby Gilliam) talks with pro basketball player Kevin Capers about his athletic journey. Kevin's story is one you can relate to if you grew up with older siblings. You that friendly sibling rivalry. Part of Kevin's journey was about creating his own name and craving his own path as a basketball player.
Through his college journey, Kevin Capers began to do just that at Florida Southern. After winning the championship his senior year, Kevin's journey continued to the G League as a member of the Westchester Knicks. As Kevin continued to develop his game more opportunities came that led him overseas to play professional basketball in Mexico, Romania, Iceland, and currently Israel.
Connect with Kevin Capers to learn more about his journey.
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Ep. 92 Kill The Kritics with Marlain Veal
In episode 92 of The 9INE POINT Started With A Dream Podcast, Jacolby Gilliam talks with Marlain Veal about his athletic journey. A journey he would call “Kill The Kritics.” Being 5’9 Marlain was often questioned if he could play the game against guys that were taller. He used that as motivation to show that he could hold his own and excel among the doubters. He went on to win numerous of awards before heading to college.
In college Marlain Veal learned how to complete his basketball game by learning how to complement his athletic ability. Now after just completing his rookie season overseas in Turkey Marlain this new chapter of Marlain’s journey is just getting started.
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Ep. 91 LaceDarius Dunn – Put The City On The Map
In episode 91 of The 9INE POINT Started With A Dream Podcast, Jacolby Gilliam talks with LaceDarius Dunn about his athletic journey. Raised in Monroe, Louisiana Lace has always had a gift when it came to the game of basketball. The game of basketball gave LaceDarius and opportunity to explore outside his community and travel across the US. to some of the top basketball camps in the nation. Competing against guys like OJ Mayo and Derrick Rose.
Later choosing to attend The University of Baylor where he graduated in 4 years, became the Big 12 leading scorer and was apart of a special group that helped change the culture Baylor basketball. LaceDarius is now competing professional overseas putting his city Monroe, Louisiana on the map and show kids in his hometown they can achieve this too.
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The Journey is Greater Than the Reward!
This podcast is so awesome because it is so real and honest! The host, who has an incredible background and story of his own, has on these high performers and elite and world class athletes, and he has them talk candidly about the trials and tribulations of their journeys. Such a useful way to learn through storytelling!
Podcast gives all athletes hope
Jacolby is an amazing story teller and gets you charged up to succeed as an athlete and move into entrepreneurship later.
These are dope podcasts! Jacolby works hard to avoid run of the mill questions, interesting perspective from the athletes!