How Much Do You Really Know About NASCAR?

How Much Do You Really Know About NASCAR?

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NASCAR and the world of racing received big news this week when Michael Jordan announced he was joining forces with Denny Hamlin to launch a new team for the 2021 season with Bubba Wallace behind the wheel. Jordan becomes the first full-time Black NASCAR Cup Series team…

6 Tips To Help You Keep Your Players Motivated

6 Tips To Help You Keep Your Players Motivated

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A team’s motivation can shift from day to day, partially because it’s dependent on each individual player. The most successful coaches find positive ways to engage their athletes, so today we’ve got six small habits that will help you inspire and motivate your team. Cultivate a positive…

Setting Good Habits That Lead To Greater Productivity with Coach Heather Macy

Setting Good Habits That Lead To Greater Productivity with Coach Heather Macy

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This episode of the Sport Fuels Life podcast features the all-time winningest coach in the history of East Carolina University women’s basketball: the great Heather Macy. She’s not only a coach, but also an author, motivator, and leader. Heather prides herself in helping others reach their goals.…

This Just In: Big Ten Football is Back!

This Just In: Big Ten Football is Back!

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Just one month after the announcement to postpone football to a spring 2021 season, the Big Ten just announced that they will return to competition on October 24th. ESPN reports that officials voted to begin the fall 2020 season thanks to new rapid testing opportunities and medical…

Choose Your Own Adventure With Ultrarunner Pete Ripmaster

Choose Your Own Adventure With Ultrarunner Pete Ripmaster

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Iditarod champion, adventurer and ultrarunner Pete Ripmaster shares his unbelievable and inspirational journey on this episode of the Sport Fuels Life Podcast. Not only has Pete faced howling wolves, a brush with death, and a daunting journey across the Alaskan wilderness to win the 2018 1000-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational, he’s…

The Path To Victory: 3 Winning Strategies for Volleyball Coaches

The Path To Victory: 3 Winning Strategies for Volleyball Coaches

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You’ve just coached your volleyball team to victory in game two after a tough loss in the first game with a deficit of just two points. Your team is thrilled to have another opportunity to grab the W, but as a coach, how can you adjust your…

How to Prevent Soccer’s Most Common Injuries

How to Prevent Soccer’s Most Common Injuries

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Although sports can provide great health benefits, common soccer injuries can put a strain on the physical, mental, and emotional health of even the best players. It’s important for athletes to know the risks, best practices for prevention, early detection and treatment to keep them on the…

Can Listening to Music Help Boost Your Workout?

Can Listening to Music Help Boost Your Workout?

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According to the National Center for Health Research, “Listening to music while exercising doesn’t just relieve boredom — it can help improve the quality of your workout by increasing your stamina and putting you in a better mood.”  And now that the September edition of the Sport Fuels Life workout playlist is here,…

Can Unorthodox Coaching Methods Change Your Team For The Better?

Can Unorthodox Coaching Methods Change Your Team For The Better?

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Part of the coaching journey is the pursuit of new ideas and approaches that elevate the game. The NFL’s New York Giants new head coach is no exception, and he’s making waves with the unorthodox methods he’s bringing to the team culture. Prior to joining the Giants,…

What Kind Of Runner Are You

What Kind Of Runner Are You

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Find out if you’re a Trail Blazer or a Cardio King! If you love running as much as we do, this quiz below is perfect for you. powered by Typeform

What’s the Safest Sport to Play During COVID-19?

What’s the Safest Sport to Play During COVID-19?

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With athlete safety at the top of every school, club and sports organization’s list of priorities to navigate during this ongoing strange season of Coronavirus social distancing life, many parents and players are opening their hearts to new and creative ways to continue to compete. Individual sports…

How To Build A Confident Athlete

How To Build A Confident Athlete

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Tami Matheny has been a coach and an athletic director working to help produce nationally ranked teams, conference champions, and win numerous individual awards. All that, and she’s also the author of The Confidence Journal, The Confident Athlete and her newest book, This is Good! 9578

Fan Mail: These Letters Took 20 Years to Reach Barry Sanders

Fan Mail: These Letters Took 20 Years to Reach Barry Sanders

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If you’re like most students in America, at some point during your middle school or junior high experience you were probably tasked with writing a celebrity or professional athlete a letter. Most of these pieces of fan mail receive responses with autographed photos, and usually it’s a…

Are College Sports Really Putting Athlete Safety First?

Are College Sports Really Putting Athlete Safety First?

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George Plaster is a sports talk radio pioneer. He joins us on this episode of the Sport Fuels Life Podcast to discuss his career and weighs in on the latest sports news, from coronavirus, professional sports bubble competition, toxic team cultures and what’s actually motivating athletic directors…

Do You Know Your Football Trivia?

Do You Know Your Football Trivia?

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While college football teams across the U.S. decide what to do about their 2020 season, we’ve been getting our football fix by rewatching Friday Night Lights (Texas Forever!) and making trivia quizzes. Find out how much you really know about your favorite sport by taking this quiz…

3 Reasons You Need A Mindfulness Walk

3 Reasons You Need A Mindfulness Walk

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LeBron James, Derek Jeter, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are all successful athletes who have discussed the value of meditation to assist them in their performance during the game. But why should you try a walking meditation? We’ve got three great reasons! It Clears Out Mental Fog.Taking…

You could win free shoes for a year!

You could win free shoes for a year!

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It’s our biggest giveaway ever. Help us plan our next move by sharing your opinions. Take this survey to enter for a chance to win free sneakers for a year. powered by Typeform

Is the Sports “Bubble” A Good Model To Resume College Games In The Fall?

Is the Sports “Bubble” A Good Model To Resume College Games In The Fall?

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In an effort to finish the 2020 season, the NBA has moved 22 of its 30 teams to a restricted access area at Disney World in Florida and has delivered on its promise to print “Black Lives Matter” on the game court in Orlando. The WNBA has…

What Kind Of Volleyball Player Are You?

What Kind Of Volleyball Player Are You?

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Take our quiz now to bump, set, spike your way to a free speed and strength workout developed by Coach Mike Srock to help you level up your game and gain an edge on the competition! 9366

How To Change The World From Right Where You Are

How To Change The World From Right Where You Are

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Professional tennis player and longtime coach Tim Siegel had found success in his career and had just shifted gears to slow down and spend more time with his family when the unthinkable happened. His 9 year old son, Luke, was in a terrible golf cart accident and…

Pole Vaulters Innovate New Ways to Compete

Pole Vaulters Innovate New Ways to Compete

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This week Sport Fuels Life’s very own Megan Zimlich competed at the World’s Greatest Live: Acadia Invitational in Greenville, SC hosted in the hometown of Olympic pole vaulter, Sandi Morris, who took the silver medal at the Rio Games in 2016. 9210

The 5 Stages of Successful Coaching

The 5 Stages of Successful Coaching

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ATP tennis coach Craig Boynton joins us in this episode of the Sport Fuels Life podcast, where he shares his coaching strategy for player evaluation as well as his top 5 tips for becoming a successful coach and mentor to your players. 9101

Can vulnerability contribute to building a positive team culture?

Can vulnerability contribute to building a positive team culture?

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Studies show that the pressure and culture of high performance athletics can lead to chronic fatigue, mental exhaustion, burnout, depression and anxiety. Student athletes all over the country often struggle silently for fear of looking weak to their teammates and coaches, believing a false definition of what…

The Top 9 MLB Players of All Time

The Top 9 MLB Players of All Time

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Major League Baseball just announced a 60-game 2020 season will begin the last weekend in July, and most players are returning to training camps this week.Several athletes, however, have opted out of play this year, citing personal safety amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including Ryan Zimmerman, Joe…

The Sport Fuels Life July Playlist is Here

The Sport Fuels Life July Playlist is Here

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This month’s Sport Fuels Life playlist features classic sports anthems, perfect for your morning jog or return to the weight room. Legendary artists to help get you motivated from House of Pain, Survivor, The Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, Billy Joel and more!  8966

Tennis Ace Tim Wilkison Shares Coaching and Competitive Insights

Tennis Ace Tim Wilkison Shares Coaching and Competitive Insights

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Tim Wilkison, who toured professionally for over 25 years, lives in Charlotte, N.C.  Ranked World No. 23 in September 1986, Tim is perhaps best known for his diving volleys at Wimbledon that earned him the nickname “Dr. Dirt”.  He now coaches at all levels and works with…

The Beauty of Community with Angela Strickland

The Beauty of Community with Angela Strickland

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When 7 year old Andrew Dean Strickland was recently diagnosed with leukemia, his family had no idea what a blessing their sports-loving family would receive from their supportive community.  8942

Understanding Your Why with Coach Mike Srock

Understanding Your Why with Coach Mike Srock

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Accomplished speed and strength coach Mike Srock, from James F. Byrnes High School in Greenville, South Carolina, wants his players to have purpose in everything they do. Read on below to learn how his program has pivoted during COVID-19 and what he’s doing in preparation when in-person…

More than just Speed and Strength Training

More than just Speed and Strength Training

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Mike Srock, winning speed and strength coach at James F. Byrnes High School in Greenville, South Carolina, chatted with us about challenges that today’s coaches face and how athletes have changed over the course of his decorated 45-year career. 8779

5 Sports Films That Highlight the Struggles of Legendary Black Athletes

5 Sports Films That Highlight the Struggles of Legendary Black Athletes

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Team Connection is committed to connecting athletes, coaches, and fans to celebrate the unifying power and magic of sports.  We are also learning from each other.  One of our team members, Eric Lamar, recommended this list of movies to show what systemic racism looks like in the…

Achieving The Perfect Balance, With Coach Mike Srock

Achieving The Perfect Balance, With Coach Mike Srock

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Mike Srock is a renowned speed and strength coach for James F. Byrnes High School in Greenville, South Carolina and has helped win 13 state championships in football, volleyball, softball and cross country. He has been awarded numerous Coach of the Year titles for his incredible work,…

Tune In To The Sport Fuels Life Summer Classics Playlist

Tune In To The Sport Fuels Life Summer Classics Playlist

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Whether you’re planning to spend the majority of your summer on the golf course or strength training and conditioning in your garage, this week Sport Fuels Life has a fun mix to add a little joy and get your summer sizzlin’ with these upbeat summertime classics. From…

Networking is the Key to Take Your Coaching to the Next Level

Networking is the Key to Take Your Coaching to the Next Level

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In this third and final segment of our discussion with highly regarded tennis coach Craig Boynton, we learn more about the coaching profession and possibilities for the future of sports. 8680

3 Ways to Support Your Mental and Emotional Health

3 Ways to Support Your Mental and Emotional Health

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This week Michael Phelps published a letter on ESPN opening up about his continued struggle with mental health and depression. The legendary Olympic swimmer first shared his struggles before the Rio games in 2016.  8674

Elite Tennis Players Have A Freak Factor. Do You?

Elite Tennis Players Have A Freak Factor. Do You?

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In this second blog post with veteran tennis tour coach Craig Boynton, he discusses why this is one of the most exciting times in men’s tennis and talks about the various “freak factors” that make certain players so special.   8532

Top 5 Ways To Boost Mental Wellness

Top 5 Ways To Boost Mental Wellness

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May is mental health awareness month, and thanks to the coronavirus, the spotlight on mental wellness is brighter than ever. The Sport Science Institute believes that mental health is “part of, not apart from, athlete health. Mental health exists on a continuum, with resilience and thriving on…

How Tennis Fuels the Life of Elite Tour Coach Craig Boynton

How Tennis Fuels the Life of Elite Tour Coach Craig Boynton

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We talked to accomplished ATP Tour coach Craig Boynton and ended up so inspired and informed that we will be featuring his insights in three successive blog posts.  The first deals with how sports have impacted his life, how he balances being an elite, globe-trotting coach with…

Your May Workout Playlist is Here!

Your May Workout Playlist is Here!

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Each month, our team at Sport Fuels Life is bringing you our favorite workout tunes, and this month it’s our fave new pop hits from artists like Lennon Stella, The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone and more! 8507

The Best Sports Movies To Watch

The Best Sports Movies To Watch

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There has never been a better time to catch up on your sports movie knowledge than during a global pandemic, and our Sport Fuels Life team has created the ultimate watch list of team-inspired movies that will help get you through the boredom of being stuck at…

Good News For The Sports World

Good News For The Sports World

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The world of competitive sports is on pause, but thankfully team spirit has not been cancelled. We’ve been so inspired by the ways so many athletes and athletic organizations have stepped up to assist their communities during this time. 8429

The Ultimate Throwback Playlist For Your Workout

The Ultimate Throwback Playlist For Your Workout

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If you’re looking for those classic feel-good hits to make your next run or at home workout a little more uplifting, look no further than our latest Sport Fuels Life Spotify Playlist! 8416

U.S. Olympic Medalist Sandi Morris Gets Creative with her Quarantine Training

U.S. Olympic Medalist Sandi Morris Gets Creative with her Quarantine Training

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Sandi Morris has a spirit of ingenuity and determination that pushes her through life’s challenges, so when the world went on pause for COVID19-related quarantines, Sandi knew it was time to double down. She’s always found a way to compete. This characteristic is what has catapulted her…

Have a Family Dance Party to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle During Quarantine

Have a Family Dance Party to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle During Quarantine

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Even if you’re not a parent or an athlete with siblings, chances are high that you’ve reached your limit of finding things to do at home during quarantine to keep yourself or your children entertained. This week we’ve got just the thing you need to promote an…

Coaches: Make Your Team Part Of The Family

Coaches: Make Your Team Part Of The Family

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Coach Brandon Shaver is a basketball coach at Pine Tree High School in Longview, Texas, who has made a lasting impression on his team. He was anonymously nominated by someone in his community who wrote to let us know about the many ways this coach goes the…

Stay Motivated with this Sport Fuels Life Playlist

Stay Motivated with this Sport Fuels Life Playlist

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Our awesome Sport Fuels Life team has created our very first Spotify playlist! We’re calling the inaugural playlist “We Don’t Quit” because it features a few of our favorite pop and hip-hop songs for your stay at home quarantine workout. These beats are sure to help get…

Nick Gwiazdowski Brings His Heart To The Mat

Nick Gwiazdowski Brings His Heart To The Mat

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We recently caught up with Nick Gwiazdowski, a North Carolina State graduate and wrestler who won back-to-back national championships in 2014-15. More recently he earned the gold medal at 125 kilograms (275 pounds) on March 15th at the Pan Am Olympic Qualifier in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. With…

How is the COVID19 Quarantine Impacting Baseball Players and Coaches?

How is the COVID19 Quarantine Impacting Baseball Players and Coaches?

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Billy Godwin is currently the Head Baseball Coach at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has over 30 years of coaching experience. Before Godwin was a coach, he was an athlete. He earned an athletic scholarship as a pitcher for Barton College, in Wilson, North…

Overcoming Obstacles with World Champion Chelsea Werner

Overcoming Obstacles with World Champion Chelsea Werner

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If there is anyone who knows what it’s like to dream big and achieve, it’s the amazing Chelsea Werner. She’s a four-time U.S. Special Olympics Gymnastics National Champion, a two-time defending World Champion, a fashion model and an advocate for inclusion. We’ve been following Chelsea’s journey since…

Celebrating This Year’s Exceptional NCAA Basketball Athletes

Celebrating This Year’s Exceptional NCAA Basketball Athletes

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On March 13th, the 2020 NCAA basketball tournament was canceled by the NCAA because of concerns regarding the spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). That decision resulted in #MarchSadness across the United States. It’s the first time the annual NCAA Tournament will not be held since it was first launched…

How To Keep Sport Alive During Social Distancing

How To Keep Sport Alive During Social Distancing

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With all the uncertainty that our nation is facing while dealing with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and the cancelling of all our sports events and community gatherings to help flatten the curve of the disease, it can feel overwhelming for our young athletes and coaches. If you’re feeling helpless,…

The Value of Strong Coach-Athlete Relationships

The Value of Strong Coach-Athlete Relationships

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As a coach, you are a critical element in the strength of the glue that holds your team together. It’s important to cultivate proper technique and skill as well as a positive competitive environment in your players and team; but studies have shown the true key to…

Building Confidence And Developing A Winning Mindset with Elle Purrier

Building Confidence And Developing A Winning Mindset with Elle Purrier

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, we connected with Elle Purrier, the stellar track and field athlete who just last month broke the 37-year-old American indoor mile record, to discuss training, setting goals and women’s empowerment in sports.  8022

Get to know Bri Scott

Get to know Bri Scott

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Bri Scott is Team Connection’s stellar volleyball account manager, she played Big Ten volleyball at The Ohio State University, has coached and even co-founded ProVolley Training, which exists to provide a fun and competitive learning environment for high school teams, as well as a skill tune-up for…

What Fuels New Orleans Saints Defensive Lineman Shy Tuttle

What Fuels New Orleans Saints Defensive Lineman Shy Tuttle

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Shy Tuttle had a pretty remarkable NFL rookie year during the 2019 season. He hails from Midway, North Carolina where he discovered his love of sports as a member of his high school’s basketball, football and track and field teams. He went on to play four seasons…

How to Build Confidence for the Game

How to Build Confidence for the Game

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My father has often said that “no one can give you confidence, but yourself.” True confidence is a virtue and only those who put in the work will be able to know the type of certainty and grit that comes from having full confidence in your own…

What Makes Elite Athletes Rise To The Top When It Counts

What Makes Elite Athletes Rise To The Top When It Counts

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Have you ever wondered what it is about elite athletes like Roger Federer, Misty May-Treanor, Usain Bolt, Mia Hamm, Lebron James, and this year’s Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes that propels them into greatness during those pivotal competition moments and gives them the winning edge? 7920

Building A Winning Team Culture

Building A Winning Team Culture

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Megan Zimlich is an accomplished track star and, among her many other fantastic qualities, is an important player on our team here at Sport Fuels Life and Team Connection. When it comes to building a successful team culture, she believes that honest assessment, getting specific with setting…

How To Create Winning Cultures For Your Team and Life

How To Create Winning Cultures For Your Team and Life

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Team Connection’s Key Account Sales Manager, Ikenna Smart, knows exactly how sports can change a life. His incredible story of self discovery and community through his basketball career led him to start his own foundation, donating shoes to those in need in his home country of Nigeria.…

How Herb Bolick is Serving Up A New Kind of Sports Community

How Herb Bolick is Serving Up A New Kind of Sports Community

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Team Connection’s President and Founder, Herb Bolick knows firsthand how being a team player helps everyone to shine bright. He’s spent over 25 years working professionally as a tennis player and coach, and he was inducted into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993. Read…