You played 4 collegiate sports?

I did it for the challenge. If you could add value to each team, would you go for it?

My first love was always basketball, so finding a school that embraced ‘ball was my top priority. Actually most people don’t know that my second best sport was a toss up between volleyball and softball (ultimately the later won out). It was a perfect fit for me to find a Division II school where I could still play both competitively. After freshmen year and learning how to balance all the new pressures of college life, I joined the fall soccer team as a defender (which was a challenge in itself to reintroduce skills that had sat dormant during high school since it coincided with basketball season in northern VA). Tennis didn’t start until the spring…. so why not stay in shape?

I wasn’t the tallest or fastest or the most gifted, BUT I was always the hardest worker in the room. Sprinkle in a little talent and a learning mindset, and you can make a difference wherever you go. I studied the game relentlessly, picked up on others’ weaknesses and did all the basics well. Then the real key is to surround yourself with amazing individuals, so that you can create something very special. Alone you can only do so much, so an overachieving team is the only way to leave a real legacy.

At the time, I didn’t realize the impact college athletics would have on my life. Besides the obvious life skills of work ethic, teamwork and time management, athletics is an outlet for creativity and individuality. You understand the importance of not only practice, but quality preparation. Those endless hours of repetition and play memorization will pay off when the game is on the line. Drilling on the basics is still to this day transferable to any job – simplicity and execution reign supreme.

Those intangibles learned such as self confidence and the ability to handle pressure situations is invaluable. Even to this day when hiring or recruiting, I still always give preference to former athletes.

My teammates became my extended family and some of my closest friends even to this day. With the extreme highs and devastating lows, they help you power through and find a way to win in so many more ways than just in the scoring column.

Coaching and mentoring younger players at summer camps helped you learn how to breakdown drills and ultimately made your own game stronger. When you saw a light click on in their minds and saw them execute a new skill, the immediate joy was priceless.

Be a game changer. What’s your legacy?

Published by elliottcm

Love adventure travel, work hard & play hard, happy in both extremes - relaxing on a remote beach or rappelling down cliffs, take joy in simple things, love being on & near the water, visited 55 countries & 47 states so far in this crazy beautiful life! Goals by my 50th birthday - 50 states. 75 countries. 50 national parks. Be in Antarctica on my big day.

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