A podcast series centered on the power of sports where we tell the stories of the people who have been shaped by sports in every aspect of the game. Join us as we dive deep into the heartbeat of sports to uncover what about the essence of the game makes us tick, and find out why sports can change lives.
11 - Cat Whitehill
In Episode 11 of #WeBelieveInSports, Michael Eady is joined by Cat Whitehill, a former professional soccer player and a 10-year Veteran of the U.S. Women’s National Team. While a part of the team from 2000-2011, she played for the U.S. in the Women’s World Cup in 2003 and 2007 and was a member of the Olympic Gold Medal winning team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Most recently, Cat joined the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Listen in as Cat talks through what it was like to play in the FIFA World Cup, her advocacy for women's equality and opportunity and how she uses her platform for change.
10 - Martin Newton
In episode 10 of #WeBelieveInSports, Michael Eady is joined by Martin Newton, the Director of Athletics at Samford University. Martin worked in sports marketing for Converse for 13 years and then spent 13 years in a similar capacity at Nike. Prior to returning to his alma mater in March of 2011 as the Director of Athletics, Martin spent a few years as the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Kentucky. Listen in as Martin talks through his Dad, C.M. Newton, and the significant impact he had on providing athletic opportunities for African-Americans in the South, and the incredible successes he has created for Samford athletics.
09 - Edgar Walker
In episode 9 of #webelieveinsports, Michael Eady is joined by Head of Strategy and Audience Development at Front Office Sports Edgar Walker. Front Office Sports is a digital media outlet covering the collision of business and sports, which has quickly grown into one of the preeminent sources for sports business news and analysis. Before joining Front Office Sports in April, Edgar was operating The Gameplan Group — an investment and advisory firm he launched in 2019 — and had previously spent two-plus years with Bleacher Report as the lead data analyst for the B/R app. Listen in as Edgar talks through launching and later selling a grassroots basketball scouting and events business at the age of 17, and the importance of continued skill development for those looking to expand their career path.
08 - Bobby Basham
In episode eight, Michael Eady is joined by Bobby Basham of the Chicago Cubs. Bobby has been a member of the Cubs front office since 2012 when he first joined the organization as a Major League Scouting Coordinator. Since then, he’s held a variety of roles. Today, as the Director of Player Development, Bobby manages the Cubs Minor League System as well as leading internal innovation, business development, and technology exploration efforts for the baseball operations department. Prior to the Cubs, Bobby had both a seven-year minor league baseball career with the Reds and Padres and worked in the healthcare industry as a product manager. He graduated from the University of Richmond as a two-sport Division I athlete and later earned his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Listen in as Bobby shares his passion for sports and how that passion has gotten him where he is today.
07 - Julian Maha M.D.
On episode seven of #webelieveinsports, Dr. Julian Maha, co-founder of KultureCity, sits down with us to talk about how sports have played a role in growing KultureCity to become the nation's leading nonprofit on sensory accessibility and acceptance for all with invisible disabilities, including those with autism, military vets with PTSD, adults with dementia, Parkinson's disease, stroke patients and more. Since its inception, KultureCity has worked with hundreds of venues including stadiums, arenas, zoos, aquariums, museums, and most recently cruise ships. KultureCity has been named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies in the World” and over the past four years has helped over 250,000 people coast to coast. Take a listen as Julian talks through his mission to create acceptance, not just awareness, for those with invisible disabilities and how he has used sports to accomplish that goal.
06 - Wendell Hudson
On our sixth episode of We Believe in Sports, our host, Michael Eady, is joined by Wendell Hudson, the first All-American and the Crimson Tide’s first black scholarship athlete. During his time playing for the Crimson Tide, Wendell became the university’s first SEC Player of the Year. He was voted Most Valuable Player in the SEC two consecutive years (1972-73) and was named first-team All-American in 1973. After his time at the University of Alabama, Wendell was drafted in the second round of the 1973 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and went on to play in the ABA, the American Basketball Association, for the Memphis Tams. Simply put, Wendell is no stranger to making history, both on and off the basketball court, and has been opening doors for many generations. Listen in as Michael Eady sits down and talks about the power of sports and how it had an impact in Wendell’s life, both on and off the court.
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