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Especially for Athletes (“E4A”) is a movement designed to inspire athletes, and those with whom they associate, to maximize their athletic potential and to use their talents, social influence, and their "Sportlight" to assist and lift others. E4A is seeking to build a culture of athletes focused on changing lives through better use of the attention and influence that accompanies their position. E4A provides education, training and motivational tools to inspire athletes to focus on doing more, and becoming more than just a great athlete.Schools, teams, youth organizations, and individual athletes are encouraged to become E4A certified and join the growing group of athletes of all ages and skill levels including college and professional athletes in committing to the E4A promise and wearing proudly their Eyes Up-Do the Work wrist band.

Especially for Athletes (“E4A”) is a movement designed to inspire athletes, and those with whom they associate, to maximize their athletic potential and to use their talents, social influence, and their "Sportlight" to assist and lift others. E4A is seeking to build a culture of athletes focused on changing lives through better use of the attention and influence that accompanies their position. E4A provides education, training and motivational tools to inspire athletes to focus on doing more, and becoming more than just a great athlete.Schools, teams, youth organizations, and individual athletes are encouraged to become E4A certified and join the growing group of athletes of all ages and skill levels including college and professional athletes in committing to the E4A promise and wearing proudly their Eyes Up-Do the Work wrist band.

Location:

United States

Description:

Especially for Athletes (“E4A”) is a movement designed to inspire athletes, and those with whom they associate, to maximize their athletic potential and to use their talents, social influence, and their "Sportlight" to assist and lift others. E4A is seeking to build a culture of athletes focused on changing lives through better use of the attention and influence that accompanies their position. E4A provides education, training and motivational tools to inspire athletes to focus on doing more, and becoming more than just a great athlete.Schools, teams, youth organizations, and individual athletes are encouraged to become E4A certified and join the growing group of athletes of all ages and skill levels including college and professional athletes in committing to the E4A promise and wearing proudly their Eyes Up-Do the Work wrist band.

Twitter:

@E4Afamily

Language:

English


Episodes

How Can Sports Help Us Build Resilience w/ Mason Sawyer

8/16/2022
On July 25th 2021 Mason Sawyers life would change forever. Because of a sudden dust storm. A horrible crash occurred while Mason's family was returning from a family reunion that he was unable to attend. Mason's wife Kortni, children Riggins and Franki, brother Race, and nephew Ryder were killed. His son Blue survived. The way that Mason has responded to this unspeakable tragedy is inspiring. One of the things that has helped him the most is some of the simple lessons he learned while...

Duration:00:50:11

Helping Young Athletes Grow Without Destroying Them With Criticism

8/9/2022
In this episode we talk about a social media post made by someone who witnessed a father being hyper-critical of his son trying to throw a football. We talk about striking the balance as parents and coaches so that we give a young athlete needed feedback to help them grow without destroying their love of the game by being too critical. Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EspeciallyForAthletes/ Twitter:...

Duration:00:38:39

Using Sports to Help Raise Victors Instead of Victims

7/26/2022
Today we are going to talk about raising victors instead of victims. When bad or unfortunate events happen the only thing we have control of is our response. When we dwell too much on the unfortunate event instead of the response it leads to bad outcomes. This is very applicable in those car ride discussions on the way home from a tough game. https://e4a.org/blog/victims-vs-victors/ Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook:...

Duration:00:11:55

Within Team Bullying and Teasing

7/19/2022
Oftentimes young people play sports to have fun with others and to get to know other people. But sometimes they do not have the best experience because their teammates or coach tease, make fun or and bully them and it is so hurtful. We will talk about it in this week's episode. https://www.verywellfamily.com/dealing-with-bullying-on-youth-sports-teams-460677 Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook:...

Duration:00:30:24

Don't be a "Me-Monster" (w/Guest Cameron Stewart)

7/12/2022
In this episode we will talk about not being a "Me Monster" when it comes to sports. With NIL's, conference realignments, and professions athletes becoming "The Brand" instead of the teams they play for, self promotion has become more and more a part of sports. When does it cross the line? When does celebrating criss the line? We discuss it with comedian and former college football player Cameron Stewart. Links to youtube videos that are reviewed: Brian...

Duration:00:48:23

Don't Make Youth Specialize in Sports Too Soon

7/5/2022
In this episode we will talk about not making youth specialize in sports too soon. Doing so could lead to burnout and injury and it could also limit their career and keep them from finding the sport that they would excel most in. Below are some articles mentioned: Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EspeciallyForAthletes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/E4Afamily Instagram:...

Duration:00:21:40

Sportlight the Book...A Preview

6/27/2022
In this week's sportlight podcast we share the first chapter of our book by the same name. We talk about the foundations of the E4A program and how athletes can help address some of young people's difficulties. Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EspeciallyForAthletes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/E4Afamily Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/especiallyforathletes/ YouTube:...

Duration:00:12:41

Getting The Most Out Of Your Summer, Helping The Most Vulnerable People, and The Cyclical Blessing of Helping Others

6/21/2022
In this week's spotlight podcast we talk about three topics. First, how to get the most out of these summer months and not waste them. Second, we talk about a comment made by Tim Tebow that athletes need to seek after MVP's but not the ones that you might expect, he says we should seek after the most vulnerable people. We also talk about a story Shaq shares in which he helped someone who was being bullied and that person turned around and helped him. Especially for Athletes: Website:...

Duration:00:37:41

Managing Anxious Feelings During Ingame Situations

6/14/2022
In this week's Sportlight Podcast we talk with Dr. Sheldon Martin about managing anxiety and stress during in-game situations. He give 5 simple but concrete tips that any athlete can employ when the pressure of the competition begins to mount. Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EspeciallyForAthletes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/E4Afamily Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/especiallyforathletes/ YouTube:...

Duration:00:27:20

Leading With Passion and Not Just Filling A Seat

6/7/2022
In this week's spotlight podcast we talk about leading with passion and not just filling a seat. We discuss being intentional, weeding out things that get in the way, loving our children and players enough to give them limits, and even letting them not like us for a while if it is for their own good. Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EspeciallyForAthletes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/E4Afamily Instagram:...

Duration:00:30:07

Continuing to Challenge Ourselves When the Spotlight Turns Off with Guest Alli Bills

5/31/2022
How can we navigate the inevitable time when our spotlight turns off. As this school year comes to an end thousands of highschool, college, and even pro athletes are facing transitionary times when playing sports will no longer play as big of a role in their life. Former college and pro basketball player Alli Bills joins us and talks about facing those moments in our lives and challenging ourselves to do hard things. This podcast is applicable to all. Especially for Athletes: Website:...

Duration:01:02:00

How can coaches, parents and teammates help protect children and prevent abuse?

5/24/2022
Our incredible coaches are some of the most loved and trusted people in the lives of our youth. In this episode we talk about how coaches, parents and teammates can help protect children and prevent abuse. Dr. Sheldon Martin shares signs of abuse to look for and ways to respond appropriately when we are worried that abuse may be happening. He also talks about how coaches can prevent abuse within their own programs. Especially for Athletes: Website:...

Duration:00:31:36

Are you a Thermometer or a Thermostat

5/17/2022
In this episode Shad and Dustin talk about the difference between being a thermostat and a thermometer. What is the difference? How can coaches, parents and players be thermostats that positively impact the "temperature" around them? Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EspeciallyForAthletes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/E4Afamily Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/especiallyforathletes/ YouTube:...

Duration:00:39:00

Drug Addiction and Sports with Max Hall

5/10/2022
In this episode we play the speech given at our 2022 E4A Banquet by former BYU great and NFL QB Max Hall. Max shares the details of his heartbreaking fall from NFL QB to the back of a police car. He gives specific warnings to athletes, parents and coaches that will help them stay away from this dangerous and ever more present issue. Please listen to this with someone you love, or share it with an addict that is fighting for their life. It will inspire anyone who listens to it. Check our...

Duration:00:39:52

The Reasons and Some Remedies For Apathy

5/3/2022
Recently our youth have been telling us that Apathy is one of if not the biggest problem in their schools. In this episode we will talk about some of the reasons people experience apathy and we will dive into some possible remedies. There are a few simple suggestions and invitations throughout the episode that can make a difference and help with apathy. E4A Spring Summit Event: https://especiallyforathletes.org/events/ Especially for Athletes: Website:...

Duration:01:04:38

Having a Plan to Be Your Best

4/19/2022
In this episode we talk about making plans to really improve. We talk about the importance of being your best, not the best and how that approach contributes to greater growth. Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EspeciallyForAthletes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/E4Afamily Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/especiallyforathletes/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmbWc7diAvstLMfjBL-bMMQ Credits: Hosted...

Duration:00:22:00

How Can we Help Youth Handle Losing in a Way that Fosters Growth

4/5/2022
In this episode of the spotlight podcast, we are going to talk about how to help our children and those we coach handle losing. We will address not only how to act toward others after losing, but we will also talk about how we can help our children use the frustration of losing to foster growth. Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EspeciallyForAthletes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/E4Afamily Instagram:...

Duration:00:31:10

Bullying, how can athletes, parents, and coaches help eliminate it?

3/22/2022
On this week's episode of the Spotlight Podcast we are going to talk about bullying. What is bullying? Why do people bully others? What impact does bullying have? We talk specifically about how athletes can help with this societal issue that is needlessly crushing so many young people. Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EspeciallyForAthletes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/E4Afamily Instagram:...

Duration:00:38:22

Taking Social Risk in Order to Do Good

3/15/2022
This week on the Sportlight Podcast we talk about having the courage to do the work even when it requires you to take some social risk. We talk about doing the work with individuals in our schools and communities in a way that makes a difference instead of just clearing a conscience. Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EspeciallyForAthletes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/E4Afamily Instagram:...

Duration:00:45:12

Desi Lomax - What Can Athletes Do To Help Eliminate Racism?

3/8/2022
In this episode Shad and Dustin talk with Desi Lomax. Deis is a former college football player, retired Law Enforcement Officer and current trainer for the Arbinger Institute. They discuss racism and what athletes can do to try to address this issue in appropriate ways. Desi is a very engaging guest with heartfelt feelings and a lot of personal experiences relating to this very important issue. Especially for Athletes: Website: https://especialyforathletes.org Facebook:...

Duration:00:57:23