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Leveraging the Power of Athletics for Life

  Sport fuels life for Nathalie because she is passionate about “growing athletes to the best of their abilities.” Having experienced success in her pole-vaulting career, along with the physical and mental challenges that came with it, has given her a deeper understanding in how to best help others in their sports journeys. She shares […]

How Tennis and Teams Fuel My Life

By David Bolick, Sport Fuels Life Co-founder   Recent tennis news—retirements of Serena Williams and Roger Federer, amazing U.S. Open play of 19-year-old Spanish sensation and champion Carlos Alcaraz along with that of American Frances Tiafoe (whom I met years ago at the Winston-Salem Open), and Coco Gauff’s entry into the top ten tennis rankings—has […]

Delayed Gratification Has a Position on Your Team

By Sport Fuels Life Contributor, Athlete, and Coach Megan Houston   The rush that you feel when scoring the game-winning goal or hitting a new personal best time in a race are moments that we live for in sports. The joy of celebrating a stellar performance with a team is the reward for hard-earned labor […]

Unleashing Superpowers with Coach, Author, and Speaker Kate Leavell

  Successful NCAA lacrosse coach, author, and speaker Kate Leavell knows what it takes—as a coach, parent of an athlete, and leadership expert—to embody positivity, communicate openly, and embrace diversity.   She demonstrates these concepts in actionable ways in her new book, Superpower:  An Inspiring Story to Overcome Self-Doubt and Unleash Your Authentic Greatness, a fable for any […]

Mental Skills Make the Difference

  Zach Brandon, mental skills coordinator for the Arizona Diamondbacks, understands how perfecting one’s game and realizing peak performance in athletics requires both physical ability and mental strength. This mental performance expert shares how working through challenges to find the fun is all part of the growth process for professional baseball and for life. In our interview, […]

Playing it Forward with Second Serve

One of the tenets of Sport Fuels Life is to “play it forward”. We encourage initiatives that support the positivity and potential of athletics. We were delighted recently to supply tee shirts to Second Serve, a youth-run, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of underprivileged kids who love tennis by providing the equipment they […]

Siri Lindley – Finding and Reinventing One’s Champion Self

  Siri Lindley, world champion triathlete, coach to the elites, television sports analyst, popular speaker and author shares remarkable insights about her career path and her passions. She highlights overcoming anxiety in many areas including entering a triathlon despite not knowing how to swim, coming out to her father, and finding her true passion in […]

Managing Sports Performance Anxiety for Peak Performance

It’s game time. Your toe is to the line, and you’re positioned at a standstill, waiting for the whistle to blow as the signal to start. You’re calm, focused, and ready to attack.  Getting to this point in competition requires a different type of training that prepares your mind for battle. Having nerves before competition […]

Help a Group of Individuals Become a Team

August means back to school with a new roster of athletes—some veterans and some newcomers–for the fall season. It’s a critical opportunity to set the tone for the coming months and instill the concept that success can be had at any level of age, or experience.  Here are some suggestions from Sport Fuels Life coaches […]

Going for Gold and Embracing the Success of Silver

EUGENE, ORE. – United States pole vaulter Sandi Morris captured her third consecutive silver medal at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships where finals took place July 17. Morris placed second behind fellow U.S. teammate and 2020 Olympic gold medalist, Katie Nageotte. Placing second in the world is quite an accomplishment and something that […]

How Failing and Learning from Failure are Important Steps to Winning

Scott Doerner discusses his varied championship tennis career and how a winning team culture helped fuel a national championship. Those principles still apply! Scott Doerner is a man of many talents who believes everything matters in sports. He currently coaches ATP tennis player Sam Querrey and has won 17 Pop Tennis Major Titles. (POP tennis […]

Addressing the Inner Olympian in All of Us

  One of the most accomplished middle distance runners in USA track and field history, Olympian Khadevis Robinson believes we all want “to go for the gold” in our lives. He discusses how a change in mindset and a more balanced life creates amazing moments. Be ready to be inspired with his contagious energy and […]

Sean Swarner Redefines the Impossible

  Sean Swarner’s story of healing, hope, and triumph reflects the essence of Sport Fuels Life.  Enjoy this incredible and inspiring conversation.  Get ready to be inspired Sean talks about how to motivate yourself, overcome your personal conflict, and reach your personal Everest. With only one functioning lung, a prognosis of fourteen days to live, […]

Insights on Confidence, Culture, and Coaching Help Create Winning Teams

Sport Fuels Life’s world-class baseball clinic still offers inspiration and insights for all athletes.  Check out these videos for tips that can make a difference in your game.   3 Principles for Setting Great Team Cultures & Developing Athletes Challenges of Recruiting  Tips for Running Effective, Efficient & Creative Practices Building Confidence In Your Athletes Gifts of […]

How Coaches Inspire and are Inspired:  Learn from All Star Coaches

What can all coaches learn from an all-star panel of baseball coaches?  The answer is simple—a great deal.  That was our conclusion after reviewing the highlight reel from last year’s virtual baseball clinic.  If you are interested in the power and potential of relationships, team culture, leadership, character and competing, comprehensive player development and more—this one is for you.  […]

Tennis Fuels Life and Forever Friendships

Tennis Fuels Life and Forever Friendships By Matt Oechsli and Bruce Brodie   One would have to look long and hard to find a group of senior tennis players like the Saturday Morning Tennis (SMT) crew in Greensboro, N.C.  With the average age deep into AARP territory, north of 70 years (although it’s been rumored […]

Lacrosse and Leadership Insights with Kate Leavell

  Join us at Sport Fuels Life as we hear from Kate Leavell about her transformation from lacrosse player to coach and now bestselling culture/performance building author, expert, and public speaker. Kate transitioned her love of lacrosse into coaching at the NCAA level.  She is now VP of Leadership for the Jon Gordon Companies and […]

Well Known Author and Coach Allistair McCaw Says Your Choices Will Determine Your Success

  Join us at Sport Fuels Life as we talk with Allistair McCaw, motivational speaker, bestselling author, athlete, coach, and consultant, who daily lives the principles of his latest bestselling book, Champion Minded. He uses the acronym (HIP) as a reminder to demonstrate a helpful, inspiring, and positive attitude.  His tools are extraordinarily helpful in […]

Volleys with Federer Author: Writing, Playing, and Positivity

  A Master Writer Talks About the Writing Process and More about the Master Tennis Player In the first part of our conversation with New York Times tennis correspondent and author Christopher Clarey, we gained incredible insights about tennis phenomenon Roger Federer.  In part two, the author shares the story behind the story of how […]

Christopher Clarey:  NYT Reporting Ace and Author Discusses Tennis Ace Roger Federer

New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey, author of the book, The MASTER: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer, tells the story of Federer’s life and career with insightful, personal, and remarkable finesse.  He answered our questions about this extraordinary player.   SFL: What’s the most important contribution you believe Roger has made […]

Learn from ATP Tennis Coach Great Craig Boynton

Approach to Athlete Evaluation for Coaches There are two different stages of evaluation. The first stage is tennis based. It focuses on the strengths and weaknesses the player already has in their game. The second stage is a grading scale. This stage decides “where their ceiling is” for the player, meaning how far can a […]

Congratulations to April Ross and Alix Klineman for winning Gold in Tokyo!!

Olympic journey April entered the professional beach volleyball world with partner Jenn Tessy. They upset the tournament and won the grand slam as one of the lowest seeds. Next, she excelled in the finals of the London Olympics and won silver. Experienced Kerry Walsh accompanied her in her next Olympics in Rio were they won […]

Tyree Washington: From Asthmatic Child to Astounding Athlete, Speaker, and Trainer

Join us at Sport Fuels Life as we talk with Tyree Washington about his amazing life thus far… as an asthmatic child to a 400-metre World Champion in Track and Field to Motivational Speaker and Trainer.  Tyree is no stranger to adversity; fortunately, his spirit and skills helped him overcome obstacles.  He was born and […]

Listen and Learn from Paralympian Tennis Player and Diversity Expert Karin Korb

Join us at Sport Fuels Life as we learn more about the amazing life of Karin Korb. Listen as she describes her journey from gymnast and aerobics instructor to a world class Paralympian and 10-time member of the USA World Team. In addition, learn from her life-changing insights and her advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion.  […]

Monica Abbott’s Story Is Filled with Pitching Skill and Superb Positivity

Monica Abbott is considered one of the most dominant players in professional softball.  Join us at Sport Fuels Life as we hear her story from tagalong younger sister to today’s world class athlete. Monica is at the top of her game, and she’s also opened doors for future generations. Originally from Salinas, California, Monica is […]

For The Love Of The Game

America’s favorite pastime is back! Opening day has arrived and the long-awaited sounds of baseball are finally upon us. For some, it is the ceremonial first pitch, the sound of the ball coming off the bat, the pitcher commanding the strike zone or the excitement from watching the catcher block a ball or throw a […]

5 Black Athletes Who Changed the World

February is Black History Month and we’re celebrating the top 5 Black athletes who changed the world of sports forever.  Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson is known as the man who transformed baseball. In a time of almost complete segregation, Robinson was the first acknowledged Black man to play in the MLB. Robinson broke many barriers […]

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Prioritize Hydration

Fluid balance is critical for daily human function. The average human body is 65% water so it makes sense that it is essential for everyday life. Here are 5 ways in which keeping up with your water intake can benefit your everyday life. Improves Skin Complexion As the saying goes, “when you look good, you […]

This February Playlist is a Total Slam Dunk

It’s the month that everyone goes bananas over falling in love with that special someone, but we want to encourage you to love yourself more!  Perfect your self-love game and burn a few calories dancing up a sweat to these hit tunes featuring Aloe Blacc, HRVY, Katie Perry, Tones and I, Dua Lipa, Carly Rae […]

Successful Coaching Comes From The Heart, Here’s How

Gustavo Osorio is a strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, currently serving at the Elite Athlete Training Center, in Chula Vista, California. There, he oversees the training of all the center’s 32 Paralympic athletes and also works with its Olympic athletes.  This summer, he will head to Tokyo with his […]

The Top 4 Benefits Of Weight Training

Strength training is important, especially if you’re seeking to take your athletic performance to the next level. Here are the top 4 benefits of how weight training can enhance your athletic performance.  Muscle Gains and Power It’s a fact that lifting weights makes you physically stronger. But it isn’t just your muscles gaining strength, it’s […]

Check Out the Top 5 Wellness Trends for 2021

Although 2020 had a lot of downsides, it showed us the resilience and innovation of humanity. Despite the pandemic, we found new ways to put our health and wellness first. As we move into 2021, these new innovative movements are still at the forefront. Check out the top 5 wellness trends likely to take off […]

Finding Your Passion To Be The Best You Can Be On And Off The Court

Diego Moyano is an accomplished former professional tennis player from Argentina. As a USTA coach, he has trained ATP players Tommy Paul and Reilly Opelka, and coached Denis Kudla and Andrea Collarini. Currently, he’s coaching world ranked number 82, South African player Kevin Anderson. We caught up with Diego in the middle of the Vienna Open in October of 2020, while Kevin was […]

3 Easy Ways to Ditch Seasonal Affective Disorder This Winter

The gray skies and cold weather of winter are in full swing, and if you’re finding yourself feeling a little less motivated and heavy-hearted, know that you’re not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)  is a form of depression that is related to the changes in seasons, usually beginning in the late fall or early winter […]

6 Athletes To Watch For In The 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games

As the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic games draw near, we’re keeping our eye out for up and coming athletes. Whether it’s gymnastics, wheelchair racing and beyond, these athletes are hopeful for the opportunities ahead. Check out these 6 Olympic and Paralympic athletes who are aiming to compete in the 2021 games. Luca Urlando A swimmer […]

Boost Your Mood with Our January Playlist

Boost your mood and get a great stretch with these classical covers of your favorite pop hits.  This playlist is the perfect soundtrack for your new year’s visualization practice to make 2021 the year you win big!

Which Famous Athlete Are You Based On Your New Year’s Resolution?

If you’re the type of person who makes a New Year’s resolution (or even if you’re not!) this quiz is perfect to help you find a little inspiration as we move into 2021. Find out which famous athlete your goals match up with, take the quiz below and then share it with a friend!

5 Elite Athletes Who Also Give Back In A Big Way

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill While every sport was thrown a curve ball for each season in 2020, many elite athletes responded to the challenges that this year brought on with their own kindness and supportive efforts to keep team spirit […]

6 Crazy Sports You Need To Check Out

While we all enjoy watching mainstream sports like basketball, soccer, and football, sometimes you just need a change. The wide world of sports has a lot of options to choose from. Check out these 6 crazy sports you’ve probably never heard of. Sepak Takraw Sepak Takraw, meaning “kick woven ball”, was invented over 500 years […]