I would classify myself as a career athlete. I began my athletic experiences as the kid who changed in the car going from one practice/game to another. It blossomed into playing at the D1 level, having a child play at the D1 level, and now officiating at the D1 level. So, it is safe to say as a player, coach, and official, I have experienced the good, bad, and ugly in sports.
When my professional athletic dreams ended, I found myself on another team – a sales team. As a career salesperson in the pharmaceutical, security, and medical fields, it became quickly clear to me that the dynamics of being a part of a team are the same no matter the profession. On the field, I saw the same things happen between players, coaches, referees, parents, and fans that I experienced in the corporate world between co-workers, managers, customers, and competitor companies.
I am blessed to have 2 sons and a daughter. My daughter has minimal involvement in athletics right now, however my 2 sons played a few sports growing up, but basketball is their passion. My oldest son recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the men’s basketball team. He currently is pursuing playing basketball professionally overseas. My younger son is trying to follow in his brother’s footsteps and has been playing high level basketball from a young age. I have had the pleasure of coaching both of their teams and we have traveled the world because of basketball.
Given all I have seen in athletics, uniting with MVP Parent has been one of the easiest connections in my lifetime. I have been experiencing parents’ involvement in the lives of their athletes since I was 6 years old and it could not be clearer to me that a magazine like this, with all of its evidence-based content, is a critical asset and a must-read for all parents of athletes.