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Former MLB player Jeff Francoeur and PA co-founders Britt Lee and Brad Williams interview well-known pro/college athletes, coaches, and topical experts to gain insight into the world of youth sports, in order to equip and inspire young athletes, parents, and coaches to successfully navigate their sports journeys. For more info, visit www.pureathleteinc.com
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74. Chris Pronger

74. Chris Pronger

2024-06-1252:43

This week we’re excited to have Hall of Famer, Stanley Cup Champion, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist & NHL MVP….former professional hockey defenseman, Chris Pronger! Considered one of the all-time great defenseman, Chris stopped by the pod to share some of the wisdom he gained on the way to the top of hockey. He didn't hesitate to show us the intensity and passion he has for the game and youth sports. It left us feeling inspired and motivated, and we're sure you'll feel the same way. Thanks for tuning in this week!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
New Falcons QB Kirk Cousins is our guest in Part 2 from this month's Pure Athlete Live event in front of 1500+ athletes, parents, and coaches in Atlanta. Kirk shares his youth sports story, lessons learned from his dad, how he overcame a season-ending injury in the first game of his junior year in high school, his college experience, the disappointment of being taken in the 4th round of the NFL draft, and even the role his faith played in each of those situations. Kirk's authenticity and wisdom is both insightful and inspiring, so tune in, and don't forget to catch Part 1 if you missed it!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
New Falcons QB Kirk Cousins is our guest in Part 1 from this month's Pure Athlete Live event in front of 1500+ athletes, parents, and coaches in Atlanta. In this episode, Kirk shares his youth sports story, lessons learned from his dad, how he overcame a season-ending injury in the first game of his junior year in high school, his college experience, the disappointment of being taken in the 4th round of the NFL draft, and the role his faith played in each of those situations. Kirk's authenticity and wisdom is both insightful and inspiring, and we hope you'll tune into Part 2, dropping on June 5!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
For Mental Health Awareness Month, we're welcoming Nicole Lyon, a mental health expert, former elite college swimmer, and co-owner of Roots Therapy in Atlanta. Not only does Nicole have experience specializing in sports performance and mental health for young athletes, she's also an NCAA Champion swimmer from the University of Georgia, who participated in her first Olympic Trials at the age of 14.Nicole's experience in both fields gives her the knowledge to speak on facing immense pressure as an athlete, overcoming the mental and physical challenges of injuries, dealing with sports-related depression, and much more! --Follow us @puereathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
70. Tony Dungy

70. Tony Dungy

2024-05-1548:14

Today we are thrilled to have one of America’s most admired and respected sports figures, Coach Tony Dungy on the show! Coach Dungy is a Hall of Famer, Super Bowl winner as a player AND coach, two-time coach of the year and best-selling author. This accomplished legend stops by to share his personal story as well as many stories from his days as a player and coach, weaving in great insights for parents, coaches, and players.We're so excited to have a true icon and role model on the show today, so buckle up for the wisdom and encouragement of Coach Tony Dungy!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com--Grab tickets to our live show featuring Kirk Cousins!https://www.ticketleap.events/tickets/pure-athlete-live/pa-live-atlanta
On this special Mother's Day episode, Catie Francoeur, Kay Lee, and Kathie Williams join their husbands to share their perspectives on being sports moms. They discuss the roles they play in supporting and encouraging their kids, including helping them maintain a balance between sports and other important aspects of their lives. They also share how they are able to encourage family priorities and even out their husbands' sometimes overly intense and competitive nature. There are many versions of sports moms across America; some are super intense on game day and others just want to help their kids enjoy the ride, but in all cases, we want to honor all they do to strengthen their kids, their husbands, and their families. Happy Mother's Day!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com--Grab some tickets to our live event featuring Kirk Cousins!https://www.ticketleap.events/tickets/pure-athlete-live/pa-live-atlantaLive from Atlanta on May 20th
It's finally game day and a chance to pay off all of those hard hours of work and practice. A day meant for relaxation and having fun with other parents as we watch our athletes compete oftentimes morphs into something entirely different. For those of us who have experienced it, we know there are three major components to game day for parents: before the game, during the game, and after the game. Each of these aspects comes with their own challenges that can be both enjoyable and stressful. There are times we're able to help our young athletes and other times when we're just making it harder for them; so how can we know when we're doing our part?Jeff, Britt, and Brad sit down to discuss the best and most challenging parts of being a parent on game day, encouraging parents and athletes to take stock of their own approach while being intentional at making the most of this sacred day in sports.--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com--Grab tickets to our live event in Atlanta featuring Kirk Cousins! May 20th at 6:30 pm!https://www.ticketleap.events/tickets/pure-athlete-live/pa-live-atlanta
67. Paul Rabil

67. Paul Rabil

2024-04-2449:05

Lacrosse legend Paul Rabil stops by the pod today to talk about his career, youth sports, and the future of the game. From starting out in Major League Lacrosse to creating the Premiere Lacrosse League, Paul's fingerprints are all over the lax world. This icon of the game graciously offers his insight and advice into lacrosse, coaching, specialization at a young age and much more. So stick around as one of the lacrosse GOATs gives us a behind-the-scenes look into his career and what it takes to become successful on and off the field. Thanks for tuning in!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
66. Heather Mitts

66. Heather Mitts

2024-04-1747:31

Former professional soccer player and 3-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts sits down with the guys in this week's episode! Heather shares her inspirational path from youth sports to the Olympic stage, reflecting on the pivotal moments and people that impacted her career. How valuable is versatility on the field? Should I prioritize winning or development? From these questions to many more, Heather's advice will help you as you find your own path whether you're an athlete or a parent. Heather's simple message resonates strongly in an oftentimes cloudy youth sports environment: embrace failure, follow your passions, and above all, find joy in your sports journey. Don't miss this enriching and insightful discussion with Heather Mitts!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
Join Jeff, Britt, and Brad as we celebrate all that is GREAT about youth sports in this week's episode! From the lasting memories to the valuable bonds that are formed, youth sports have long been an integral part of being an athlete and a parent. We dig into some of the valuable lessons and important people an athlete will encounter along their journey. We also cover why there is simply no replacement for the mental and physical rewards that youth sports offers to its athletes and the parents guiding them through this amazing experience. From favorite memories to lasting regrets to essential pump-up music, we're giving youth sports the honor it deserves!You'll soon grow to love the beautiful world of youth sports, so join us as we discuss why we believe it to be such a critical experience.--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
64. Adam Wainwright

64. Adam Wainwright

2024-04-0349:50

Join us today as we welcome former MLB All-Star pitcher and World Series Champion, Adam Wainwright! Adam takes us on a journey through his upbringing in the game of baseball, detailing the path that led him to become a dominant force on the mound, amassing 200 career wins with the St. Louis Cardinals. Adam also treats us to a glimpse into his new world in country music, including what it was like to grace the stage at the iconic Grand Ole Opry.Adam digs into everything from his favorite coaches to his best advice for young pitchers and their parents. He chats to the guys about navigating adversity and even sheds some light on how nerves can influence both your baseball pitch and vocal pitch. Adam Wainwright is bringing the heat today, so it's not one you want to swing and miss!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
Join us today as the guys chat with Jesse Cole, the mastermind behind the Savannah Bananas phenomenon. With the mantra "Fans first. Entertain always," Cole has revolutionized the game of baseball by drawing inspiration not only from legends on the diamond, but from iconic figures like P.T. Barnum and Walt Disney. Under his innovative leadership, the Bananas have transformed from a simple summer collegiate team into a household name, boasting over 15 million social media followers and a staggering 2 million-person ticket waitlist. So tune in today to discover the history of the Bananas, the creation of Banana Ball, and even what it takes to become a Banana yourself as we dive deep into the unique and wacky world of Jesse Cole!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
Today, we're joined by Dr. Joel Seedman, a renowned doctor of kinesiology and an elite exercise trainer. With a client roster featuring top-tier athletes like Chris Carson, Younghoe Koo, and Taylor Heinicke, Dr. Seedman brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. From professional athletes to aspiring young talents, his expertise spans across all ages and sports. In this episode, Dr. Seedman shares his insights on topics like movement, flexibility, posture, and even the effects of barefoot training. He discusses some key questions including the appropriate age to begin weight training, how to prevent injuries, the importance of proper technique, and the benefits of sport-specific movements. So grab a friend and tune in to gain some valuable insights from the unique perspective of Dr. Seedman!--Support the pod and grab some Pure Athlete Merch until Friday, March 22! Thanks so much for listening!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
61. Ryan Howard

61. Ryan Howard

2024-03-1354:32

Join us on today's episode as we sit down with former MVP and World Series Champion first baseman, Ryan Howard. Ryan takes us on a journey that began playing numerous sports as a kid in St Louis and continued all the way through his rapid ascent to stardom with the Philadelphia Phillies, sharing insights on becoming the quickest player in history to hit 100 and 200 home runs. He shares the secrets behind his powerful swing development from a young age, as well as the invaluable advice he received from none other than Barry Bonds. Plus, discover Ryan's favorite ballpark, his favorite coach, and much more as we delve into the remarkable career of one of baseball's most prolific hitters.--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
60. Clark Kellogg

60. Clark Kellogg

2024-03-0654:28

Get ready to kick off March Madness in style as we welcome one of the foremost voices of the game, Clark Kellogg! Join Clark and the guys as he shares his wisdom on March Madness and the current landscape of college basketball while reflecting on his own journey from the courts of Ohio State to first-round pick for the Indiana Pacers. With over three decades of commentary experience, Clark brings insights and advice from the front lines of the sport and offers his own unique perspective as a sports parent of three Division One athletes. What does the future of college sports look like? How do we keep sports fun for our kids? What's it like working with Charles Barkley? Don't miss the chance to hear all of this and more from one of the most respected voices in college basketball as you prep for the madness of March!--Follow us @pureathleteincwww.pureathleteinc.com
Today, join us as we dive deep into the world of travel sports. While travel has long been a crucial aspect of a young athlete's journey, it has slowly become an increasingly draining and expensive endeavor. How much is too much? What’s the right age to get started? What's the true cost? Are we doing it for our children or ourselves? Many athletes and parents are adamant that travel is one of the best parts of the youth sports experience— so let's keep it that way! We're delving into all of these pressing questions and even reading through some listener comments as we guide you through the exhilarating yet rapidly evolving world of travel sports.--Follow us @pureathleteincPureAthleteInc.com
58. Rece Davis

58. Rece Davis

2024-02-2101:00:34

Today we are thrilled to welcome ESPN College Gameday host and one of the most recognizable voices in college sports, Rece Davis! With more than 30 years of experience covering college athletics and a vast amount of insight from his own journey as a sports parent (his son played baseball at Princeton and Duke, captaining both teams), Rece offers a fascinating perspective on the modern age of youth sports that will leave you better equipped for the road ahead. So, join us as we dive into discussions about broadcasting, parenting, Rece’s favorite college campuses, and much more.--Follow us @pureathleteincPureAthleteInc.com
57. Matt Ryan

57. Matt Ryan

2024-02-1501:01:24

Join us as we speak with NFL MVP and four-time Pro Bowler, Matt Ryan! Not only does he bring his perspective as a legend on the field, but also his experience as a CBS Analyst and father of three kids in youth sports. We're diving deep into Matt's wild ride through the world of sports, from his early days of playing defensive end to becoming a top NFL quarterback!Ever wondered what the game-day routine of an MVP looks like? Where would he have drafted himself if he was the Falcons' GM? Maybe you're curious about some behind-the-scenes Super Bowl scoop or what he thinks of modern youth coaches? Well, hang tight, because Matt talks about all of that and more.Whether you're an NFL fanatic, rep the Falcons, or just love sports, this one's for you! So grab a seat and soak up some wisdom from one of the greats!--Follow us @pureathleteincPureAthleteInc.com
56. Danny Wuerffel

56. Danny Wuerffel

2024-02-0742:53

Today we’ve got Heisman Trophy and National Championship-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel! Danny joins us to share a glimpse into the early days of his sports career and how it impacted his success later on, whether as quarterback of the Florida Gators or on the pickleball court. So tune in to hear from one of the greatest players college football has ever seen for a behind the scenes look at playing for Steve Spurrier and some life lessons that will change the way you approach your own career. You don’t want to miss it!--Follow us @pureathleteincPureAthleteInc.com
MLB All-Star and 2023 Home Runs Leader, Matt Olson, steps up to the plate in part two of our live event from Peachtree Corners, GA. Joined by Jeff, Britt, Brad, and an audience of approximately 1000 people, Matt delves into the insights of his inspiring career from youth sports to stardom. From his early days of shooting hoops, to walking in the footsteps of familiar legends at Parkview High, and ultimately reaching the pinnacle of his sport, his journey is sure to inspire you. Don't miss this chance to hear one of the world's most prolific hitters give valuable advice and even some behind the scenes info as he answers questions from the live audience!--Follow us @pureathleteincPureAthleteInc.com
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