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Who Are You: The Life Lessons of Sports

Who Are You: The Life Lessons of Sports introduces us to extraordinary people who share personal stories about their relationship with sports well beyond the scoreboard. Joining our team gives you access to moving interviews as our guests explore and address their motivation, internal drive, risk, courage, and perseverance. Whether you watch, participate, compete, play, or coach, join us as we uncover the extraordinary power of sports 7 days a week.Listen to interviews with sports legends from Wimbledon, the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL, Olympics, Major League Lacrosse, Spartan Race, Surfing Championship Series, Nascar, Volleyball Professional Circuit, the Super Bowl and the World Series.Also featuring well known Authors, Educators, Doctors, Parents and Players

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148: Alan Stein Works With Kevin Durant And Other NBA Stars, But It’s His Habits, Positive Attitude And Grit That Makes Alan And Those Around Him A True Success

Alan Stein is the co-host of the popular Podcast, Hardwood Hustle. Alan is also the owner of Stronger Team and the strength & conditioning coach for the nationally renowned, Nike elite DeMatha Catholic High School basketball program. Alan brings a wealth of valuable experience to his training arsenal from over a decade of extensive work with elite high school, college, and NBA players. Alan’s passion, enthusiasm, and innovative training techniques make him one of the world’s leading experts on productive training for basketball players. He is a performance consultant for Nike Basketball as well as the head conditioning coach for the annual Jordan Brand Classic, the CP3 Elite Guard Camp and the Nike Basketball Summer Skills Academies. Alan is a former camp coach at the prestigious NBA Players Association’s Top 100 Camp as well as the former strength & conditioning coach for the McDonald’s All-American game. Alan is the founder of The Stronger Team Nation and Cutting Edge Clinic Tour as well a partner with The D1 Experience.


1 Nov 2014

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Jim Hess | Exclusive Access, Jim Shares A Story From His Childhood About Mother Knows Best And The Ice Cream Truck.

Jim Shares A Story From His Childhood About Mother Knows Best And The Ice Cream Truck.

23 Jun 2014

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127: Nikki Stone, Inverted Aerial Skiing Olympic Gold Medalist Who Rebounded From A Chronic Back Injury Through Grit And Determination. Nikki Is Now An Author, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Mother And An Inspiration To Millions

Nikki Stone competed in the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan and became America’s first-ever Olympic Champion and Gold Medalist in the sport of inverted aerial skiing. What made this performance so unbelievable, was the fact that less than two years earlier, a chronic injury prevented her from standing, much less walking or skiing down a slope at almost 40 miles per hour. Nikki came dangerously close to being sidelined from aerial skiing indefinitely. Her tenacity and refusal to step down from a challenge brought Nikki Stone back to the top of the freestyle skiing podium. This top spot was far from foreign to Nikki, as throughout her career she earned 35 World Cup medals, eleven World Cup titles, four national titles, two year long Aerial World Cup titles, and a World Championship title. She also became the first pure aerialist ever—male or female—to become the year long Overall Freestyle World Cup Champion.

12 Aug 2014

Rank #3

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Jerry Sherk BONUS | Depsite Howard Cosell's Challenging Comments About Jerry On The First Monday Night Football Game Ever Played, Jerry Took The Bulls By The Horn And Had A Dominating Game

Jerry goes more in depth about his first monday night football game and how Howard Cosell attempted to blame everything on the dominating Sherk!

10 Sep 2014

Rank #4

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96: John Bly; Boston Red Sox Foundation Supporter; 22-Year High School and College Coach. John Is A Man Who Sticks To His Values When It Comes To Sports

John Bly is a 22-year coach and summer camp director with coaching experience at the college, high school and youth levels. Currently he is the Assistant Baseball Coach Division III School in New Hampshire. John has significant experience in scouting, recruiting, evaluations of high school and college baseball players. John created his own business, The Game of Baseball, in 2009 to host baseball camps and clinics. The purpose of camps of the clinics to raise money for non-profit groups and organizations; and the Boston Red Sox as well as members of their organization have supported John’s programs over the years. Instructors of John’s camp, the Game of Baseball include: Dan Duquette, Adrian Gonzalez, Jason Varitek, Lou Merloni, Mike Timlin, Terry Francona, David Ortiz, Dick Berardino and Wes Welker. John also helps organize and bring a youth football clinics with The New England Patriots Alumni Players Group. John resides in Concord, NH with his wife Julie and their two children Nicholas and Katie.

22 Jun 2014

Rank #5

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147: Joshua Sweeney: Marine, Double Leg Amputee, Sled Hockey Gold Medalist & First Ever Recipient of The Pat Tillman ESPY Award

Joshua Sweeney started playing hockey in middle school and then played for Ironwood High School in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. He joined the United States Marine Corps upon his graduation in 2005 to support his country and travel the world. In October of 2009 while serving in Afghanistan Josh was severely injured by an improvised explosive device. Due to this horrific injury, both of Joshua's legs had to be amputated above the knee. While undergoing intense rehab, Josh gravitated back to the sport he loved. Having been a hockey player, friends like Rico Roman, also a military serviceman injured after a bomb blast, encouraged and recruited Josh to play Sled Hockey for Team USA as part of his rehabilitation. Not only did Josh join Team USA, he made the 2014 Olympic team and scored the only goal in the Gold Medal Game versus the Russian Sled Hockey Team in Sochi, earning Josh and his team a Gold Medal. Now in his third year on the team, Josh is proud to represent his country and wear the Team USA jersey as he embraces the present moment, but also looks towards the future for the next journey...another Gold Medal. Josh is also a Hockey Coach in his local community.


29 Oct 2014

Rank #6

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145: Erik Weihenmayer Is A Blind Adventurer Who Summited Everest & Kayaked The Rapids Of The Grand Canyon. Take Erik's No Barrier Pledge And Shatter Your Own Barrier

Erik Weihenmayer lost his vision at the age of 13 due to a degenerative eye disorder called retinoschisis. Despite his blindness Erik has become one of the most accomplished adventurers in the world. Determined to rise above his disability, Erik has redefined what it means to be blind, leading a fulfilling and inspiring life with his beautiful family. The most recent proof that no barrier, in Erik's words, will stop him from finishing the story is the No Barriers challenge he has casted. The language of the No Barriers Pledge is clearly stated on his website www.kayakingblind.org: I pledge to view my life as a relentless quest to become my very best self; To always view the barriers in my life as opportunities to learn; To find ways to work with others to build teams, serve those in need, and do good in the world; And to push the boundaries of what people say is possible; for only I know the potential that lies inside of me.

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17 Oct 2014

Rank #7

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144: Chase Jones Battled Brain Cancer As A College Baseball Player. Now He Runs “Vs. Cancer” And Helps Children With Cancer To Pursue Their Dreams

Chase Jones experienced the childhood cancer world first-hand; in 2006, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, he was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer. As a byproduct of community help and national research, Chase attests his status of six years cancer-free to a combination of the two. Since beating cancer, Chase has had the chance to collaborate with multiple childhood cancer organizations, from local children’s hospitals to international efforts in the constant battle to help more kids. After being treated at the NC Children’s Hospital, Chase went on to work with Ronald McDonald House Charities, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. In college, Chase founded BaseBald, enabling student-athletes a platform to give back to childhood cancer, which grew to connect dozens of communities and thousands of supporters to donate to childhood cancer research. In 2013, the Office of the Governor of the State of North Carolina named Chase to the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control Chase is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Chase is a Christ follower, former collegiate baseball player with the UNC Tar Heels, and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina

11 Oct 2014

Rank #8

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143: Jeff Serowik, NHL Player & Founder Of Pro Ambitions, Uses Sports Psychology & Grit To Teach The Best Youth Hockey Players In The World

Jeff Serowik attended Lawrence Academy Prep School and went on to play four years at Providence College, a Division I Hockey East School. Jeff received a scholarship to attend and earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree as a successful student-athlete with the Friars. Highlights of Jeff’s 10-year professional career include: winning the Eddie Shore Award and earning Best Defenseman AHL honors. Jeff also is the current record holder for most goals in a season by a defenseman in the NHL. His playing career included the traditional journey, playing in the minors as well as with the NHL team of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins. Unfortunately Jeff suffered a career ending injury in 2000 at the pinnacle of his pro career while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although he had founded Pro Ambitions Hockey, Inc. many years prior to his injury, Jeff realized that he did not need to be competing in the NHL to take his game to the next level. Instead he found his new passion providing dedicated and full-time focus on the development of youth hockey players. 22 years ago he and his wonderful team at Pro Ambitions have grown to be the largest Hockey School Outfit in the world with over 8000 campers attending both day and boarding / residential camps each year. Jeff and Pro Ambitions have been featured on the Competitive Edge television series as well as on ESPN, TSN, Fox Sports Net and NESN Sports Desk. Jeff was inducted into the New Hampshire Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

5 Oct 2014

Rank #9

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142: Jim Baron, Head Basketball Coach Of Canisius College - Former 20-Season Atlantic 10 Conference Head Coach - Leads His Players, Coaches And Team To Success With Passion And Positivity. More Importantly, All But Two Players Have Earned Their Undergradu

Jim Baron is the Head Basketball Coach for the Canisius College Golden Griffins men's team. He previously held the same position at Saint Francis University, St. Bonaventure University and the University of Rhode Island where he had a 20-season stint as coach in the Atlantic 10 Conference, between nine seasons at St. Bonaventure and eleven seasons at Rhode Island. Jim was a four-time recipient of the A10 Conference Coach-of-the-Year award. More importantly, all but two seniors that have played for Coach Baron in 27 years have earned their undergraduate degrees. Coach Baron has two sons playing professionally overseas and in 2013, Jim was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. As a player Jim won the NIT Championship in 1977 as a co-captain of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies.

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28 Sep 2014

Rank #10

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Michael Watson BONUS | Johnny Unitas Played A Large Role In Michael's Life

Listen in to hear exclusive access to a behind-the-scene interview where Michael reveals the impact Johnny Unitas had on his life.

27 Sep 2014

Rank #11

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141: Michael Watson, National Hall Of Fame Lacrosse Inductee, Team USA Player And Major League Lacrosse All Star, Uses His Athletic Ability And Humility To Achieve Success On And Off The Field

Michael Watson is from Baltimore, MD where he grew up playing Hockey, Lacrosse, Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball and Football. After High School, Michael attended the University of Virginia where he was a four-time All American in Lacrosse. Michael played for Team USA in 98 World Lacrosse Games and played 8 seasons in Major League Lacrosse for both Boston & Los Angeles and capped off an amazing career by being inducted into National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is also the template used for the Major League Lacrosse logo. Michael is currently a Managing Partner at Motive Pure and the owner of Lax West. Michael lives in Cardiff by the Sea, CA where he enjoys Surfing, Golfing and doing Yoga in his free time.

27 Sep 2014

Rank #12

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140: Jamie Watson, Collegiate Soccer Standout Appearing in 3 Final Fours; Multi-Sport Athlete; Professional Golf Instructor; Sports Talk Host and VP at Motive Pure

Jamie Watson grew up Towson, MD loving sports - playing mostly on the boy’s soccer and baseball teams. While in High School, Jamie Earned an impressive 9 varsity letters in 6 different sports during only a period of 3 years. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as an exceptional student-athlete, Jamie has continued her positive contributions hosting radio shows, golf instruction and providing hydration solutions. The "Tee Off with Jamie Watson" sports radio talk show airs Sunday mornings at 10am on Q1370AM. Jamie goes around the wide world of sports and is the only female golf teaching professional live on the air in Baltimore. Her hour-long show features expert guests, sports talk, golf instruction tips, local course reviews, interviews with celebrities, fitness tips, and the all the latest sports news! Jamie is the Vice President of Motive Pure, an electrolyte hydration. Naturally flavored and naturally sweetened. Zero sugar, zero calories. Electrolytes help your body absorb water. Plain water has no electrolytes. When you drink water, you should absorb it. Jamie currently is the golf teaching professional at Northwest Park and Golf Driving Range. She has been teaching for 17 years in the Baltimore area. Her website is www.goals4golf.com.

20 Sep 2014

Rank #13

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139: Pamela Boteler, World Class Athlete And Advocate for Equal Representation in Sporting Events and Giving Men A Run For Their Money

Pamela Boteler is a world-class athlete and advocate who has been making waves in her sport since 2000. She made USA Canoe/Kayak history at the 2000 National Championships by becoming the first woman to compete in sprint canoe – against the men, and won gold and bronze medals. She continued to race against the men in 2001, winning gold in the Men’s C4 (4 person canoe). Finally, in 2002, influenced by her success on the water and lobbying off the water, USA Canoe/Kayak changed its by-laws to allow women to compete at the National Championships in events of their own – in all age and boat categories. Finally, U.S. women sprint canoeists had a league of their own. Pam was inspired into sprint canoe in 1999 by Canadian pioneer and legend Sheila Kuyper. That image of a powerful and graceful woman in a man’s canoe has been a driver and primary catalyst for her working tirelessly – on and off the water – to pave the way for women of all ages to follow and pursue their dream of training and competing within their own club, their own country, in their own events, and for their country in international competition, and ultimately the Olympic Games. And she has done this while working a full-time job for the U.S. Federal Government. As an athlete and President of WomenCAN International, Pam works tirelessly as a global voice for equality in Olympic Canoeing. She serves as a role model for women to pursue their Olympic dream and desire to compete nationally and internationally, regardless of age, gender, ability, or socio-economic background. She also inspires us to do the very things that we think we cannot do – and to give a hand back to others to help them pursue their dreams.

13 Sep 2014

Rank #14

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138: Jerry Sherk, Played In The NFL's First Monday Night Football Game And Went On To Have An All Pro Career With The Cleveland Browns. He Was Also An Incredible Photographer During His Career. Jerry Is Now A Mentoring Consultant

Jerry Sherk has a masters in psychology with an emphasis in counseling, and he has almost two decades of experience being a mentoring consultant.  In addition to the one-on-one model, Jerry has an expertise in group mentoring, as he created and ran group mentoring programs in the school setting for more than six years. Jerry recently co-wrote a manual for Public/Private Ventures on how to develop ex-prisoner mentoring efforts. An author or co-author of over 15 workbooks on youth and employee-to-employee mentoring, Jerry began honing his mentoring and leadership skills during a 12-year career as a player for the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

10 Sep 2014

Rank #15

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137: Dean Karnazes Ran 50 Marathons In 50 States - All In 50 Days. Look Out Your Door As He May Be Running By Your House Right Now! Speaker/Bestselling Author/Athlete/Entrepreneur

TIME magazine named Dean Karnazes as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World." Men's Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. An internationally recognized endurance athlete and NY Times bestselling author, Dean has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He's run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures, and he's run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten different occasions, he's run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve. His most recent endeavor was running 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NYC Marathon, which he ran in three hours flat. Dean and his incredible adventures have been featured on 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS News, CNN, ESPN, The Howard Stern Show, NPR's Morning Edition, the BBC, and many others. He has appeared on the cover of Runner's World and Outside, and been featured in TIME, Newsweek, People, GQ, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Men's Journal, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and the London Telegraph, to mention a few. He is a monthly columnist for Men's Health, the largest Men's publication in the world. Beyond being a celebrated endurance athlete, philanthropist, and bestselling author, Dean is an accomplished businessman with a notable professional career working for several Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. A graduate of USF's McLaren School of Business & Management, with additional graduate-level coursework at Stanford University, he is uniquely able to demonstrate how the lessons learned from athletics can be applied to business, and he is able to convey, with authenticity, the many insights he has gleaned along the way as an athlete and business professional.

7 Sep 2014

Rank #16

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136: Jake Brown, 23-Year-Old Radio Host For ESPN And CBS. Lessons Learned From A Driven Young Man Who Interviews And Writes With The Best In The Industry. Passion Is His Game

Jake Brown has hosted shows on ESPN Radio, WGBB and WRHU, and appeared as a guest on radio shows and podcasts around the country. Jake has been able to interview Hall of Famers, current and former players, and some of the most experienced broadcasters in the world of sports. Jake’s dream as a child was to talk sports for a living. As Jake says: “Getting behind the microphone isn't a job, it's a hobby and it's something that I want to do every day for the rest of my life.” As one of the most passionate young sports talk hosts in the country, Jake's work is defined by incredible work ethic and ambition. His ultimate goal: “not letting anything get in my way of becoming one of the top sports talk radio hosts in the world.” He hosts "The 5th Quarter in New York Sports" on 1240AM-WGBB in New York and has been on the WGBB airwaves for over two years. Some of his guests include: Tommy John, Jim Leyritz, Charles Jenkins, Shawn Green, Leonard Marshall, Anthony Becht, Ed Coleman, and more.  Jake has also been a guest on radio shows and podcasts around the country and always looking for additional invitations. At the time of this recording, Jake was the Program Manager at CBSSportsRadio.com. As Program Manager Jake handles all aspects of the digital side of CBS Sports Radio. Including having to copy edit, create headlines, and post all articles that go to the site, which features interviews from the various CBS Sports Radio shows and weekly columns from sports reporter John Feinstein and Damon Amendolara, host of The D.A. Show on CBS Sports Radio and also a host on NFL AM on NFL Network.

5 Sep 2014

Rank #17

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134: Damian Orslene's Life Was Saved By Sports. From War To Suicide To Sports Again, The Retired US Air Force Chief Master Sargeant Is A Paralympic Seated Shotput & Discus Thrower Going For Gold In The Rio 2016 Games

Damian Orslene is a 28 year US Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, life long lover of Leadership and Honor, was medically retired from wounds received following his third deployment, this one to Kirkuk Iraq. Despite many physical limitations, and suffering from both Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and a Traumatic Brain Injury, Damian has dedicated his life to reaching into the darkest corners caused by PTSD/TBI and shine a saving light. Through his Motivational Speeches he helps save veteran's lives everyday through involving them and their families in sports. Damian is a Paralympic Athlete, Seated Shot Putt and Discus Thrower and is in Team USA's Emerging Athlete Program. He is training full time in hopes to make the National Team and go to the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

31 Aug 2014

Rank #18

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133: Elana Meyers-Taylor, Going For Gold In Two Separate Olympic Events In Both The Summer And Winter. Elana’s Team Player Attitude May Very Well Open The Door For This Rare Opportunity

Elana Meyers-Taylor is an Olympic Bobsledder who has competed for the United States Olympic Team since 2010. Now she sets her goal not only 2018, but also in 2016 in Rio as she fights for a spot on the first Women's Rugby Olympic Competition. Elana was named to the United States Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics and along with Erin Pac won the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In 2014 Elana along with Lauryn Williams won the "silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Did we mention that her journey started as a student-athlete playing Softball? Playing multiple sports has its benefits!

30 Aug 2014

Rank #19

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129: Scott Lonergan, From The Red Sox To The World Of Being A Sports Agent. Scott Would Prefer To Get You To The Big Leagues Than To Get Their Himself

Scott Lonergan is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas. Scott was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 Major League draft. As a professional, Scott was the first Red Sox player from the 2007 draft class to play at the Triple-A level. Scott also played professionally in Europe for the Regensburg Legionaere. In 2010 Scott transitioned his playing career into a career working in the Front Office as an Advance Scout with the San Diego Padres. After two years working in San Diego, he was hired away by the Chicago Cubs to work in Amateur Scouting where he helped institute a new draft process for the Club. Seeking a new entrepreneurial challenge, Scott accepted a position at MVP Sports Group as an agent in 2012 and currently resides in Los Angeles. In addition to his career in the Front Office and as a Sports Agent, Scott also serves as the Chief Business Development Officer of a company he Co-Founded, Phantom Weight Technologies.

17 Aug 2014

Rank #20