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Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur LaTambria Smith carries on her son’s memory through her thriving baking business


EDITOR’S NOTE: This story on Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman LaTambria Smith was originally published by Making Headline News on October 11, 2017. Since the release of this story, Smith, a Dallas Skyline High graduate, has announced that she will be releasing a book that will recall her assortment of emotional testimonies, as well as host an empowerment conference that will take place at a date to be announced. 

DALLAS — Back on February 8, one day before her 33rd birthday, LaTambria Smith staged to her Facebook page a rather descriptive and touching image that detailed a timeline of arguably the most challenging and tear-jerking moments of her young life.

For starters, Smith underwent surgery to have her cancer cells removed from her cervix in 2007.


DEFYING ALL ODDS 

SHE’S STILL STANDING — Dallas-area businesswoman LaTambria Smith is owner of Tam’s Sweet Treats And More, a professionally run DFW-based professional baking business in which Smith specializes in preparing a variety of delectable, mouth-watering desserts.

Approximately a year later, she had a pre-eclampsia, or an emergency C-Section performed, a procedure that gave way to her child being 25 weeks prematurely and weighing just one pound, six ounces.

Two years later, doctors removed cancer cells from her cervix only to have a similar procedure performed the following year.

Then in 2012, Smith had to have another emergency C-Section performed, during which she had given birth to her baby at 23 weeks, a child whom weighed 14 ounces.


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THESE CAKES ARE LIT — A business Smith established approximately three years ago, Tam’s Sweet Treats And More is widely known for providing consumers with a variety of sweets, most notably cakes, teacakes, chocolate covered sweets and its famous cupcakes.

Consequently, things would become even more somber in the life of a young woman whose faith undoubtedly was on trial unlike never before.

That’s because later that year, doctors had discovered a softball-size tumor in Smith’s stomach during the C-section. Unfortunately, Smith’s baby passed away three weeks later after a month-and-a-half stay in the NICU. Consequently, she underwent successful surgery, during which she had the tumor removed.

Then in 2015, Smith was hit with more disheartening news when she got word that she had a leaking heart valve due to high blood pressure.

ALL OCCASIONS CAKES AND TREATS — You name it and chances are Smith — this professional baking guru — will hook you up regardless of the occasion.

As if those slew of obstacles weren’t enough to try Smith’s faith, she learned some time last year that the nerves behind both of her eyes were swollen twice their normal size, in large part because doctors discovered excessive fluid around her brain.

While such a heartbreaking sequence of events would bring even the strongest of persons to tears, Smith deemed it essential to end the timeline image with four words that, despite an assortment of potentially fatal occurrences, practically explains why she’s the blessed woman for whom she is widely known.


REMEMBERING AMARI 

In 2013, doctors had discovered a softball-size tumor in Smith’s stomach during the C-section.  Unfortunately, Smith’s baby passed away three weeks later after a month-and-a-half stay in the NICU. Consequently, she underwent successful surgery, during which she had the tumor removed.

“AND I’M STILL STANDING,” Smith staged to an image that was accompanied by three exclamation points.

All things considered and because of what she had to survive, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that while she’s yet breathing, she might as well live life to the fullest — while walking in purpose through entrepreneurship in the process.

“To me this is not only a business, but a passion,” Smith told Making Headline News.


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You name it and chances are this professional baking guru will hook you up regardless of the occasion.

A business she established approximately three years ago, Tam’s Sweet Treats And More is widely known for providing consumers with a variety of sweets, most notably cakes, teacakes, chocolate covered sweets and its famous cupcakes.


TAM’S TEXAS TWO STEP

HER REASONS — All things considered and because of what she had to survive, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that while she’s yet breathing, she might as well live life to the fullest — while walking in purpose through entrepreneurship in the process. Pictured with Smith in a recent photo from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis are her daughters: Amaiyah  Ross, 11 (left), and Mariah Ross, 10.

“I started in the kitchen with my grandmother as a child and learned as much as I could. I took all that knowledge and carried it over to my adult life. I first thought I would just do it for my girls, but the more I tried and accomplished, the more I pushed myself and here we are now.” — Dallas Entrepreneur LaTambria Smith


Talk about a dramatic comeback to ultimately start and manage a business amid a rash of agonizing setbacks.

“To have my girls watch and encourage me pushes me even more, because I know my passion and drive is a lesson for them as they grow,” Smith said while flashing her big, signature smile.

How befitting to put on display a well-deserved smile, this after having conquered and outlasted and defied arguably the greatest of odds time and time again.


For more information about Tam’s Sweet Treats And More or to place orders, call Tambria Smith at 469.223.3928 or email her at latambriasmith@gmail.com. Also, reach her via social media at: Facebook.com/Tamssweettreatsandmore and Instagram @tamssweettreatsandmore.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Thanks to a former NFL player, Duncanville’s Barak Gurnell has found his niche and passion in football


TEXAS CLASS 6A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW


DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Tamara Gurnell was going on and on Wednesday morning about how her son, Barak Gurnell, doesn’t routinely watch football.

“He doesn’t watch a whole lot of football,” Tamara Gurnell told Making Headline News. “I could turn it on a game and he’ll go in another room. He’s just not into watching football like that.”


EYE OF THE PANTHER 

HEART OF A CHAMPION — A little more than two years removed from having become thoroughly active in competitive football, Barak Gurnell has made some pretty immeasurable strides for a Duncanville High team (15-0) that has re-emerged as a national standout and will square off against Houston’s North Shore (15-0) for the Texas Class 6A championship Saturday at 7 p.m. CST at AT&T Stadium.

That certainly isn’t the case for her son on the field.

A little more than two years removed from having become thoroughly active in competitive football, Barak Gurnell has made some pretty immeasurable strides for a Duncanville High team (15-0, ranked No. 8 nationally by MaxPreps.com) that has re-emerged as a national standout and will square off against Houston’s North Shore (15-0, ranked No. 10 nationally by MaxPreps.com) for the Texas Class 6A championship Saturday at 7 p. m. CST at AT&T Stadium.

Led by former Dallas Skyline coach Reggie Sample, Duncanville is ranked No. 1 in Texas Class 6A, according to MaxPreps. North Shore is ranked No. 2.

A 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior defensive tackle, Gurnell has practically held his own and made a name for himself as a marquee player for a Panther defensive unit that denied perennial power Allen of a second consecutive state title with a 44-35 win in the state semifinals.


“Football has become a very important part of my life in a very short period of time and I honestly can’t see going to college without it. It pushes me to be a better version of myself every day.” — Duncanville senior defensive tackle Barak Gurnell 


STOCK IS RISING — What a difference two years have made for a young, gifted kid whom, to his credit, has managed to attract interests from a host of college, a trend he expects to increase much sooner than later.

Football alone isn’t the only factor that has greatly inspired Gurnell to maximize his potential as he continues to lobbies for a full ride scholarship as a member of a nationally-ranked Duncanville team that’s loaded with Division 1-caliber players and is back in the state championship for the first time in two decades.

Amongst those who essentially spearheaded Gurnell’s quest to consider football is former NFL player Roderick Lewis.

A former Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic and University of Arizona star, Lewis, 47, played four professional seasons for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans from 1994-1997.

PIVOTAL EXTRA POINT — Amongst those who essentially spearheaded Gurnell’s quest to consider football is former NFL player Roderick Lewis. A former Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic and University of Arizona star, Lewis, 47, played four professional seasons for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans from 1994-1997.

As Tamara Gurnell recalled, Lewis was rather direct when suggesting that her son — who already exhibits the size of an NFL defensive lineman — should serious consider giving football a try.

“My friend, Rod Lewis, hadn’t seen Barak for some time until his daughter’s 17th birthday party,” Tamara Gurnell explained. “Rod’s face lit up with excitement and he began to pat Barak on the back and chest, commenting on how big he had gotten.”

As it turns out, it seemed that divine intervention essentially couldn’t keep Barak Gurnell off of Lewis’ mind days after the two had crossed paths.

MOM KNOWS BEST –— Come Saturday night, amongst the things that will likely come to mind for Gurnell when he sets foot on Texas high school football’s biggest stage is how his willingness to embrace wise counsel has ultimately allowed his gift to make room for him.

“A few days later, Rod called me to discuss Barak’s future, highly encouraging (him) to consider football as a viable option to add to his high school portfolio,” Tamara Gurnell recalled.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

That’s because not only did Barak Gurnell heed the pertinent advice of Lewis but, much to his delight, it’s safe to assume that competitive football, by all accounts, has become an integral part of his life.

Come Saturday night, amongst the things that will likely come to mind for Gurnell when he sets foot on Texas high school football’s biggest stage is how his willingness to embrace some wise counsel has ultimately allowed his gift to make room for him.

Yep. What a difference two years have made for a young, gifted kid whom, to his credit, has managed to attract interests from a host of college, a trend he expects to increase much sooner than later.

“I have spoken to Lyon College over the phone and Texas State University (scouts) in person,” said Gurnell, adding that Oklahoma State and SMU have expressed interests in his services.

REMEMBER THE NAME — A 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior defensive tackle, Gurnell has practically held his own and made a name for himself as a marquee player for a Panther defensive unit that denied perennial power Allen of a second consecutive state title with a 44-35 win.

Surely, Gurnell’s short list of schools, in all likelihood, will expand, considering just this past summer, he attended camps at SMU, OSU, Baylor, TCU, the University of Houston, Rice University, and Texas A&M Commerce, among others.

“There will be no problems off the field,” said Gurnell, when asked what direct message he’d like to send to college scouts and recruiters. “I always make sure to conduct myself in a respectable fashion and that my grades are never a problem. Right now, I’m preparing for the state final game against North Shore, and I plan to continue to lift weights through the winter and do some conditioning once it gets warmer.”

If nothing else, for a youngster who’s a relatively newcomer to football, Gurnell certainly has become knowledgeable of the prerequisites essential for landing an athletic scholarship.

“The coaches give honest feedback,” Tamara Gurnell said of her son’s constant progression to the sport. “Essentially, Barak is a diamond in the rough. Because he is so new to the sport, the learning curve is massive.”

All things considered, one would be hard-pressed to discover just how “massive” of a curve it is, given the sustained success Gurnell has enjoyed in such a brief timeframe.

“He is a quick study, and in football, intellect is key,” said Tamara Gurnell, sounding very much like a prep football insider. “(The Duncanville coaching staff) believe he will be offered a (partial) scholarship, if not a full one, mainly because there is limited film due to his late start in the sport. They believe he will surely be an asset, because of his character and great grades.”

PUTTING IN WORK — If nothing else, for a youngster who’s a relatively newcomer to football, Gurnell certainly has become knowledgeable of the prerequisites essential to landing an athletic scholarship.

Something even a former NFL player had recognized at a birthday party.

Speaking of party, expect the Gurnells to host one if the Panthers upend North Shore Saturday night in Arlington, which is roughly two towns over from Duncanville.

Heck, expect them to throw an even bigger party if Barak Gurnell pulls off the unthinkable by signing a National Letter of Intent in the foreseeable future , which undoubtedly would be a massive, remarkable feat for a relatively newcomer to the sport.

“I will be proud (if he earns a football scholarship), because he is one step closer to his independence,” Tamara Gurnell said. “I am enjoying the man he is becoming.”

A youngster who already exhibits the frame of an NFL defensive lineman.

Talk about impressive.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Recent NFL Hall of Fame inductee Ray Lewis amongst Florida businessman Dr. Casuel Pitts’ grandest supporters

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES DR. CASUEL PITTS  


For Dr. Casuel Pitts, it was undoubtedly the most memorable 500 bucks someone had ever given him in his entire life.

“When I was 11 years old, my father put $500 in my hand for work that I did for his business,” Dr. Pitts recalled. “His entrepreneurship (endeavor) is what drove me to be my own boss.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR — A native of Kankakee, Illinois who was raised mostly in Brooklyn, New York, DrCasuel Pitts, 33, is owner and chief executive officer of Ultimate Discount Services INC., an Orlando, Florida-based company that was created with the everyday consumer in mind, particularly with regards to focusing on what is known as everyday unforeseen incidents that many most likely don’t plan for, according to detailed breakdown Dr. Pitts’ venture at https://udsinc.us/.

And just like that, it was — much to the delight of Dr. Pitts — a nice little stash of cash that would essentially change his life forever.

That’s because after more than 22 years removed from such a memorable exchange between Pitts and his father, this young, vibrant, progressive businessman has gone to great lengths to not just establish his own entrepreneurship ambitions, but to tackle them head on.

A native of Kankakee, Illinois who was raised mostly in Brooklyn, New York, Pitts, 33, is owner and chief executive officer of Ultimate Discount Services INC., an Orlando, Florida-based company that was created with the everyday consumer in mind, particularly with regards to focusing on what is known as everyday unforeseen incidents that many most likely don’t plan for, according to detailed breakdown Dr. Pitts’ venture at https://udsinc.us/.

ALL STAR LINEUP — A company that went into full operations four years ago, Ultimate Discount Services INC. is widely known for accommodating consumers with things such as car accidents, dropped cell phones, traffic violations, and medical visits, just to name few.

A company that went into full operations four years ago, Ultimate Discount Services INC. is widely known for accommodating consumers with things such as car accidents, dropped cell phones, traffic violations, and medical visits, just to name few.

Former NFL star and recent Hall of Fame inductee Ray Lewis of Baltimore Ravens is the company’s President.

And now for this extremely vital disclaimer.

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DAD KNOWS BEST — After more than 22 years removed from such a memorable exchange between Pitts and his father, this young, vibrant, progressive businessman has gone to great lengths to not just establish his own entrepreneurship ambitions, but to tackle them head on.

“Now, let’s clear up one major misconception. We are not insurance,” said a spokesperson for Ultimate Discount Services (or USD). “We offer a unique membership platform comprised of 16 powerful services that give you that extra piece of mind when life unexpectedly happens and you’re not financially in a place to accommodate certain situations.”

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Dr. Pitts emphasized that USD headlines one of his companies.

“The core of UDS is reimbursements,” Dr. Pitts explained. “Our goal is to help people save money while educating them on how important credit, investments, and entrepreneurship are. It is important for consumers to realize that UDS is not insurance and, although we have similarities, our focus is to make sure reimbursements are received on things you cannot control.”

Former NFL star and recent Hall of Fame inductee Ray Lewis of Baltimore Ravens is the President of the Orlando, Florida-based Ultimate Discount Services INC. (Getty Images Photo)

Interestingly, this notable businessman raises questions many consumers customarily pose daily.

“Ask yourself: When was the last time you or someone you know damaged a cell phone?” Dr. Pitts said. “What about the last time you or someone you know received some type of traffic ticket? What about medical, dental, and vision co-pays? These are just a few things that we reimburse on.”

An entrepreneur tenure that spans more two decades, Dr. Pitts’ featured business venture caters mostly to those whom he refers to as the “millennial drive with the wisdom of the baby boomers and Generation X.”

MORE THAN QUALIFIED — Having earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Dr. Pitts earned a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Advertising, and Doctorate Degrees in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership and Organization.

Interestingly, Dr. Pitts’ company accommodates people nationwide and, according to him, USD is steadfastly devising ways to become a globally-acclaimed venture by the year 2020.

Having earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Dr. Pitts earned a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Advertising, and Doctorate Degrees in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership and Organization.

“My personal mission for this business is what God hires me to do and that’s to make this brand, Ultimate Discount Services INC, a ministry and to help as many people as I can save money, build credit and invest smarter,” said Dr. Pitts, adding that aside from God, his grandest inspirations are his wife, Lewis, as well as the marketing consultants who play a major roll with helping build his brand.

GIVING BACK BIG TIME — An entrepreneur tenure that spans more two decades, Dr. Pitts’ featured business venture caters mostly to those whom he refers to as the “millennial drive with the wisdom of the baby boomers and Generation X.”

“I love God. I love people. I promote positive energy only,” Dr. Pitts continued. “My excitement about knowledge is similar to a kid in the candy store, and I always made myself accessible to it. The passion that I carry about business is like no other. I tend to get a bit animated and engulfed in a debate or conversation that develops on how to start, structure, or build a business. We as the human race lack more knowledge than we are aware of, and that’s why I feel that God is putting me in the position to mold me in order to help organize that category, but that is another story.”

What a difference 500 bucks have made.

For more information about Orlando, Florida-based Businessman Dr. Casuel Pitts of Ultimate Discount Services INC., call 224.656.1767. Also, connect with him at: www.udsinc.us; www.myempire.club; https://form.jotform.com/udscredit/credit-vs-wealth-book.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.


Ex-spouse of NFL player, author Angela Marshall’s autobiography inspiring others to ‘get in the game of life’

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES ANGELA MARSHALL 


Every so often, Angela Marshall fields the question as if she expected it.

“After being asked numerous times about the supposed lifestyle of the rich and famous, I decided to pen my truth about reality, rags, and riches,” Marshall said.

During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Marshall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author and former wife of a professional athlete, spoke at length about her assortment of experiences as a devoted spouse to a wealthy NFL player in her latest book entitled, “The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife: Reality To Rags To Riches.” Reality To Rags To Riches: The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife.”

GAME CHANGER — During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Angela Marshall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author and former wife of a professional athlete, spoke at length about her assortment of experiences as a devoted spouse to a wealthy NFL player in her latest book entitled, “The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife: Reality To Rags To Riches.” Reality To Rags To Riches: The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife.”

A book that was officially released in November 2017, Marshall’s autobiography depicts what she appropriately describes as “this football life,” a life-changing trend that had afforded her extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options, and blessings untold, according to a detail breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

As Marshall vividly explained, such a unique life had filled what she has dubbed her “personal playbook,” one that was accompanied by the wisdom to call what she refers to as “an audible, pass, run,” even a proverbial “go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day,” she explained.

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FIRST QUARTER — A book that was officially released in November 2017, Marshall’s autobiography depicts what she appropriately describes as “this football life,” a life-changing trend that had afforded her extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options, and blessings untold, according to a detail breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

“Yes, I observed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat from the stands and sidelines,” Marshall continued while sharing a synopsis of latest book. “Most importantly, I beheld strength, courage and purpose. And those qualities molded me into the person I am today. I got off the bench after merely existing and got into the game of living.”

A book Marshall began composing sometime in October 2016, this accomplished writer needed just shy of a year to complete an informative written document she says is a thorough perspective of how she felt while living what she describes as a “life of lack,” particularly through the public’s thought whereby she was, by all accounts, living a life of lavish.

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PERSONAL SUPER BOWL — As Marshall vividly explained, such a unique life had filled what she has dubbed her “personal playbook,” one that was accompanied by the wisdom to call what she refers to as “an audible, pass, run,” even a proverbial “go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day,” she explained.

While some of the immediate feedback has been favorable, Marshall also acquired her share of backlash since the release of her second book.

“A handful of people have criticized me, saying I am exploiting my ex-husband’s former pro-career to make money,” said Marshall who, in November 2016, made her authorship debut with the release of Lust, Lessons, Love and Life. “A few had no idea that I was suffering in silence during that period in my life, and others have said they still want money, fame, and the experience.”

Despite the array of mixed reactions surrounding her latest book, Marshall doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s undoubtedly fulfilling her divine purpose through a newly-erected project, one that is accompanied by God’s endorsement.

After all, if God said it, that settles it.

“The Biblical scripture says that tables are prepared for us,” Marshall said. “I’m exhorting folks to feast daily from the tables of promises, potential, power, and prosperity from God. Also, to get off the bench and get in the game of life.

“Without giving too many details from the book, I had quite a few lessons that I needed to learn as well as continue growing through my struggles to strength,” Marshall continued. “Being able to tell my truth has and is setting myself and others free.”

FIRST AND 10 — A book Marshall began composing sometime in October 2016, this accomplished writer needed just shy of a year to complete an informative written document she says is a thorough perspective of how she felt while living what she describes as a “life of lack,” particularly through the public’s thought whereby she was, by all accounts, living a life of lavish.

Having announced that other books are forthcoming, Marshall describes her itinerary as mostly steady, thanks in large part to what she labels her “transparent platform” about her life.

“I have speaking opportunities or have author appearances at least three times a month for various businesses and organizations,” Marshall said.

In all likelihood, the possibility exist that more opportunities to share of and promote her book could very well come to fruition, especially considering the 2018 NFL season officially begins in the coming days.

Said Marshall: “Life has taken me on a journey, which took three major turns, each leading to a road of exploration and discovery, each crafting me into the person who would become skillful at using life’s compass in navigating new directions and negotiating what’s best for me:

IN THE RED ZONE — Having announced that other books are forthcoming, Marshall describes her itinerary as mostly steady, thanks in large part to what she labels her “transparent platform” about her life.

Reality is a place that forced me to face life early on as is. The seeds planted during that period are directly responsible for my growth. All of my core values were established. No matter how far I strayed, the experiences throughout that time, prepared me for rags and riches.

Rags taught me humility, agility and possibility. I learned to be grateful when I am served, but more importantly, to be willing to serve others. The events during this period instilled fearless faith that grounded me and prepared me for true Riches.

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW — In all likelihood, the possibility exist that more opportunities to share of and promote her book could very well come to fruition, especially considering the 2018 NFL season officially begins in the coming days.

Riches are not about what, it’s about whom. For me, that means family, friends and moments. They are true riches, which are irreplaceable. If I can replace it, it is not a true treasure.”

Well said by this brilliantly gifted author, fielding the question as if she expected it.

Once again.

For more information about Augusta, Georgia-based Author Angela Marshall, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ wisewordswoman; Instagram: www.instagram.com/inotherwordsbystone; Twitter: www.twitter.com/wordsbystone.


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Accomplished Chicago Sports Psychotherapist Natalie Graves’ private practice becoming a fixture for professional athletes

Natalie Graves owns a Chicago-based mental health therapy practice, one that much to her delight, is steadily attracting a national presence.  

SAVORING THE FRUITS OF LABOR — Chicago-based Sports Psychotherapist Natalie Graves, 47, the founder and chief executive officer of Natalie Graves Athletic Counseling, has worked tirelessly to help construct her practice to what it has become to this very day: one that undoubtedly turning heads, particularly throughout the world of professional sports.

For that very reason, her practice is starting to attract exposure through the mainstream media, a trend to which Graves essentially is trying to become accustomed.

“Sounds good,” Graves told Making Headline News during a weekend interview when word spread of her latest coverage through the media. “I’m nervous.”

While Graves admittedly was gripped with a few jitters, the mere fact that she is garnering the exposure she deserves is surely warranted.

Amongst the reasons is that Graves, 47, the founder and chief executive officer of Natalie Graves Athletic Counseling, has worked tirelessly to help construct her practice to what it has become to this very day — one that is undoubtedly turning heads, particularly throughout the world of professional sports.  

A Chicago-based private practice that Graves established in 2012 and is located at 155 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 633Graves boasts a wealth of experience in the social work industry, considering her expertise spans close to two decades.

Not only that, Natalie Graves Athletic Counseling is widely regarded as a credible venture, in large part because Graves specializes in working with athletes, most notably those who are hampered by an assortment of challenges on and off the field.

MORE ON NATALIE GRAVES ATHLETIC COUNSELING: www.nataliegraves.com 

“The service I provide to athletes is unique in that not only do I focus on improving performance, my perspective also considers factors like family structure, social economic-status, ethnic and cultural diversity,” Graves explained. “I gain a complete profile of the person I am working with.  As a clinical social worker, I view athletes in a holistically way. It is important to understand all aspects of the individual. This is even more important with athletes.”

Interestingly, Graves witnessed her immeasurable body of work soar to immense heights when, just last month, she was on hand in New York, during which she was afforded the golden opportunity to consult with the NBA 2K League representatives on a variety of topics centered on the health and the overall wellness of their players.

THE NBA…WHERE AMAZING HAPPENS — Interestingly, Graves witnessed her immeasurable body of work soar to immense heights when just last month, she was on hand in New York, during which she was afforded the golden opportunity to consult with the NBA 2K League representatives on a variety of topics centered on the health and the overall wellness of their players.

Talk about basking in the glory of her element on one of professional sports largest stages.

CHECK OUT GRAVES’ 1 IN 4 PROJECT: www.1in4project.org; Twitter: @1n4project

“I want to be viewed as a sports psychotherapist, a sports social worker, or therapist who specializes in working with athletes,” said Graves, adding that amongst her primary objectives is to give athletes with what she labels the winning edge or, as she specifically puts it, changing the face of sport psychology. “That’s my thing…being a girl in boy’s world of sports and helping athletes win.”

DESTINED FOR GREATNESS — A Chicago-based private practice that Graves established in 2012 and is located at 155 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 633, Graves boasts a wealth of experience in the social work industry, considering her expertise spans close to two decades.

Credit her profound passion for sports and, most importantly, her commitment to helping people from various walks of life as the key factors that have greatly inspired Graves to connect with her God-given purpose.

“I have always loved helping people and I grew up watching sports,” Graves said. “You could call me a sports fanatic. What is special about my practice is that I get to combine my two loves. Assisting athletes to overcome obstacles that have impacted their game gives me such a high.

“Oftentimes, when athletes first come to see me, they have never worked with a therapist before,” Graves continued. “The best feeling in the world is when someone says to me, ‘I feel better,’ or their coaches see a change in their performance. That never gets old. It’s so inspiring.”

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Having earned a Bachelor’s degree from the historic Chicago State University, Graves received her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

To her credit, Graves has certainly put in the work to be able to function mightily in her element for such a time as now.

Having earned a Bachelor’s degree from the historic Chicago State University, Graves received her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Consequently, she was a visiting student at the University of Maryland, where she studied abroad in the United Kingdom, where she became knowledgeable in the Sports, Commerce, not to mention the Culture in the Global Marketplace Program.

Interestingly, Graves completed an Addictions Studies Program at City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy-King College.

“I have been very fortunate that I have been able to travel through speaking engagements all over the United States and as far as to England and France,” said Graves, adding that her parents and husband headline her solid supporting cast. “My mentor, Greg Harden of the University of Michigan, has been very impactful in my professional life. He was the first social worker that I found that was working directly with athletes. Seeing what he did reinforced that I could make a career in sports.”

A TRUE SPORT — Credit her profound passion for sports and, most importantly, helping people from various walks of life as the key factors that have greatly inspired Graves to connect with her God-given purpose.

The rest, as they say, was history.

Today, unlike never before, Graves is not only savoring the fruits of her labor as an accomplished sports psychotherapist, but she’d be the first to admit that she’s literally having fun with it.

Which, fortunately for her, was all a part of God’s plan all along.

“My story started when I was a young girl, growing up in Chicago,” Graves recalled. “I remember rushing home from church to watch the (Chicago) Bears and Bulls games. That was our thing as a family. We watched Chicago sports together. My dad taught me the rules of the game and I loved it. As I got older, I started not just following football and basketball, I developed an interest in all sports.”

A trend that has ultimately given way to her basking in the glory of her element on one of professional sports largest stages.

Ask the NBA 2K League crew.

 

For more information about Chicago-based Sports Psychotherapist Natalie Graves of Natalie Graves Athletic Counseling, call 773.294.3903. Also, connect with her via:

Website: www.nataliegraves.com

Email: socialworkandsports@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook/Nataliethesocialworker

Blog: nataliethesocialworker.blogspot.com

Twitter: @natalie_graves1 

 

 

 

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Organizers of North Carolina nonprofit organization pleading with Stephen Curry, other athletes to help eliminate homelessness amongst military veterans

Surely, one can say this about Dionne Archibald and Pollyanna Neely:

They both undoubtedly and routinely display a compassionate heart for people, most notably military members and veterans.

WAY TA GO, Y’ALL — It is, by all accounts, through Dionne Archibald and Pollyanna Neely’s passion for aiding and showing unyielding support for veterans that these progressively thriving businesswomen collectively established Active Veteran With Answers. A North Carolina-based nonprofit organization that Archibald and Neely started in early 2016, during which a host of retired United States Military Veterans realized they weren’t the only ones in their peer group who had trouble navigating the process of transitioning from the military to civilian life, amongst Active Veteran With Answers’ (or AVWA) chief objectives is to relieve the assortment of challenges associated with the knowledge gap, particularly during the application process for veterans programs and benefits, according to this company’s mission at http://www.activeveteranswithanswers.org.

Consider, for instance, how upon having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management — with a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Military Psychology expected to be acquired someone in Spring 2018 — Archibald deemed it essential to combine her personal and professional experience and place them on a unique platform as a way to exemplify support of veterans — or what she appropriately labels a unique perspective and creative approach which, in essence, are geared largely on focusing on people as they work through the process rather than forcing the process on people.

It is, by all accounts, through Archibald and Neely’s passion for aiding and showing unyielding support for veterans that these progressively thriving businesswomen collectively established Active Veteran With Answers.

A China Grove, North Carolina-based nonprofit organization that Archibald and Neely started in early 2016, during which a host of retired United States Military Veterans realized they weren’t the only ones in their peer group who had trouble navigating the process of transitioning from the military to civilian life, amongst Active Veteran With Answers’ (or AVWA) chief objectives is to relieve the assortment of challenges associated with the knowledge gap, particularly during the application process for veterans programs and benefits, according to this company’s mission at http://www.activeveteranswithanswers.org.

“Our vision is to provide a seamless learning experience for veterans as they navigate the often frustrating and overwhelming benefits channel in order to determine eligibility regarding their earned benefits,” said a spokesperson for AVWA. “If you know someone who is no longer active in the United States Military and wonder whether or not they are receiving all to which they are entitled, then Active Veterans With Answers will help those veterans determine the answers to this question and more.”

Interestingly, Archibald and Neely, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, cited that while military veterans have the support and guidance of one another, they also discovered that many of them struggled to understand the rules surrounding the eligibility requirements for programs, benefits, and services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its subsidiaries.

Interestingly, Archibald and Neely, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, cited that while military veterans have the support and guidance of one another, they also discovered that many of them struggled to understand the rules surrounding the eligibility requirements for programs, benefits, and services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its subsidiaries.

This, as a result, practically sums up why a credible 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization such as AVWA is absolutely essential.

“(I love that fact that we’re) being able to provide informational services and guidance for our veterans, family members, caregivers and survivors,” said Neely, when asked what’s she appreciates mostly about AVWA.

To Neely and Archibald’s credit, young Virginia businessman Christian Graves and two-time NBA champion and league MVP  Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors have chimed in mightily as it pertains to aiding America’s beloved veterans.

For starters, Graves, the young mastermind behind Youth Activist and Author Christian Samir Graves, has joined forces with Active Veterans With Answers to give back to a host of veterans organizations in the greater Hampton Roads, Virginia-area.

In addition, Graves and AVWA are challenging the community to save their dimes in a two liter soda bottle — which can hold up to $700 — and turn all donations in to a nearby TowneBank.

Graves, Neely, Archibald, and others recently held a community-wide reception held to present funds to seven area service organizations who are known for assisting in housing homeless Veterans.

The DIMES 4 Homeless Veterans Campaign has been extended to assist other organizations that help homeless veterans annually, Archibald said.

MORE ON DIMES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS CAMPAIGN: https://dimes4homelessvets.com/

AMERICA’S BALLER — Two-time NBA champion and league MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors drew rave reviews from countless veterans around the country when, just last month, he composed some intriguing commentary on a blog called The Noise to express his support of veterans, having gone as far as to suggest to America that “silence is no longer an option.”

Curry, on the other hand, drew rave reviews from countless veterans around the country when, just last month, he composed some intriguing commentary on a blog called The Noise to express his support of veterans, having gone as far as to suggest to America that “silence is no longer an option.”

STEPHEN CURRY’S COMMENTARY: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/stephen-curry-veterans-day/

“When someone tells me that my stances, or athlete stances in general, are “disrespecting the military” — which has become a popular thing to accuse peaceful protestors of — it’s something that I’m going to take very, very seriously. One of the beliefs that I hold most dear is how proud I am to be an American — and how incredibly thankful I am for our troops. I know how fortunate I am to live in this country, and to do what I do for a living, and to raise my daughters in peace and prosperity. But I also hear from plenty of people who don’t have it nearly as good as I do. Plenty of people who are genuinely struggling in this country. Especially our veterans,” Curry wrote.

WELL-DESERVED HONOR — Prior to the Charlotte Hornets’ game versus the visiting Miami Heat Friday night, the Hornets organization, along with Bank of America, honored Neely, a notable Master Chief Petty Officer, USN, Ret., as this season’s third recipient of the season-long Yellow Ribbon Program. A native of Miami who currently resides in China Grove, North Carolina, Neely served 25 years in the United States Navy, first as a parachute rigger and aviation structural mechanic working on survival gear for pilots and flight crew members, then as a Navy Career Counselor.

All things considered, Archibald, Neely, and Graves are hopeful Curry, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, would continue to speak out on his tireless support of veterans and, most of all, encourage other professional athletes to follow suit.

Prior to the Charlotte Hornets’ game versus the visiting Miami Heat Friday night, the Hornets organization, along with Bank of America, honored Neely, a notable Master Chief Petty Officer, USN, Ret., as this season’s third recipient of the season-long Yellow Ribbon Program.

A native of Miami who currently resides in China Grove, North Carolina, Neely served 25 years in the United States Navy, first as a parachute rigger and aviation structural mechanic working on survival gear for pilots and flight crew members, then as a Navy Career Counselor.

As for Active Veterans With Answers partnering with Graves and his organization, it is the kind of unity that Archibald and Neely fully welcome.

Graves’ parents are both veterans.

“We appreciate the fact that Stephen (Curry) wants to know about what veterans have been enduring for so long,” Archibald said. “Unemployment, mental health issues, racial inequality and homelessness have plagued the veteran community for decades, and we are asking for Stephen and any other NBA players to use their status to help Active Veterans with Answers and DIMES 4 Homeless Veterans Campaign Founder Christian Graves facilitate an environment that both educates our Nations’ Veterans and assists in eradicating homelessness once and for all.”

 

 

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National Arena League player Glen Rowell making favorable impressions, aiming to generate looks from NFL scouts

PRAYERS BEING ANSWERED — Besides exemplifying a wealth of faith in his Creator, Glen Rowell, like many NFL hopefuls who are aiming to cash in on the big leagues, has hired an agent, a development that has contributed mightily to his being afforded the opportunity to put his football skills on display in the minor leagues. A former Kentucky Christian University standout, the 26-year-old Rowell in 2015 signed with Bloomington Edge of the Champions Indoor Football before ultimately accepting an invitation to join Tri-Town the following year. So far, he’s auditioned for two National Arena League teams with another one scheduled for late October.

A pretty resourceful guy, that Glen Rowell is.

Take, for instance, how just before midday on Monday, Rowell, a minor league football player who last played for the Tri-Town Titans of the Midwest Professional Indoor Football league, staged to his Facebook page an informative pie graph that featured the percentage of individuals who wound finding their way onto a National Football League roster.

Surprisingly, the largest piece of the graph cited that 39 percent of undrafted free agents end earning a spot on an NFL 53-man roster.

A pretty galvanizing discovery for the 26-year-old Rowell, who’s steadfastly clinging to lofty aspirations of auditioning for an NFL team down the road — hopefully much sooner than later.

“I think I have a good chance (of auditioning for an NFL team) because I got God on my side,” Rowell, a Danville, Illinois native, told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

Besides exemplifying a wealth of faith in his Creator, Rowell, like many NFL hopefuls who are aiming to cash in on the big leagues, has hired an agent, a development that has contributed mightily to him being afforded the golden opportunity to put his football skills on display in the minor leagues.

A former Kentucky Christian University standout, Rowell in 2015 signed with the Bloomington Edge of the Champions Indoor Football League before ultimately accepting an invitation to join Tri-Town the following year.

However, it wasn’t until January 25 of this year that Rowell made his professional debut.

HE’S BEING WATCHED — Rowell was invited to work out for both the Columbus Lions and the Lehigh Steelhawks of the National Arena League. As if that’s not enough to turn heads, he is scheduled to audition for the NAL’s Jacksonville Sharks in late October.

Given the developments that followed, it’s safe to assume that he essentially made the most of that monumental opportunity.

That’s because just recently, Rowell was invited to work out for both the Columbus Lions and the Lehigh Steelhawks of the National Arena League. As if that’s not enough to turn heads, he is scheduled to audition for the NAL’s Jacksonville Sharks in late October.

A pretty resourceful guy, that Glen Rowell, a middle school teacher assistant who knows full well he’s been thrust in a favorable situation, considering it appears that pro scouts have him under their radar.

HOLDING HIS OWN — During his stint with Tri-Town, Rowell, a former NAIA All-American for Kentucky Christian, was as good as advertised. In a career-best five professional appearances, the 6-foot, 238-pound linebacker recorded 60 tackles, six sacks, and batted down 15 passes.

“I just signed with an NFL/CFL (type of) agent that really believes in me and my hard work and playing ability,” Rowell said. “All I have to do is keep training hard, stay focused, and stay ready for any opportunity.”

During his stint with Tri-Town, Rowell, a former NAIA All-American for Kentucky Christian, was as good as advertised. While making a career-best five professional appearances, the 6-foot, 238-pound linebacker recorded 60 tackles, six sacks, and batted down 15 passes.

To his credit, 10 of his tackles ended in loss yardage and two safeties.

A pretty versatile guy, that Glen Rowell is.

HEAD OF THE CLASS — A middle school teacher assistant, Rowell who knows full well he’s been thrust in a favorable situation, considering it appears that pro scouts have him under their radar.

“My latest tryout went great,” Rowell said of his August 26 invite to Columbus. They invited me to mini-camp. I got a lot of good feedback. They like my hustle, work ethic, and explosiveness and grind to never give up when I make mistakes. They like how I move athletically and fly around and how I catch the ball for a linebacker.”

For what it’s worth, that he’s being afforded the exposure of playing at the professional level is priceless, Rowell said. Still, he stressed, among other things, that now is not the time to delve off into cruise control.

Especially considering the NFL is his prized destination.

“The many ways that playing professionally has helped me is by being a motivation to others in my community, to (inspire them to) go back to school and reach for their dreams and to never to give up no matter what the situation is,” Rowell, last year’s MPIF runner-up for Defensive Player of  The Year, said. “What’s special about my pro career is that I get to showcase my mobility and versatility to scouts.”

All of which practically sums up why this NFL hopeful deemed it essential to stage that intriguing pie graph to his Facebook page just before midday on Monday.

A pretty resourceful guy, that Glen Rowell is.

 

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Dallas-area realtor Efrem J. Windom’s proven track record with pro athletes, consumers benefiting him mightily in competitive real estate industry

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

 

TEXAS-SIZE IMPACT — An accomplished realtor for the past 15-plus years, Efrem Windom has become a fixture in the ever-so-competitive real estate arena, most notably through Private Label Realty/EPIC Property Consultants, a credible real estate company whereby its mission is to find prospective home-buyers the right home at the right price, while providing extraordinary expertise, according to a detailed description of the company at www.privatelabelrealty.com.

DALLASEfrem J. Windom doesn’t shy away from the notion that he grew up in what is deemed one of the poorest communities in Dallas/Fort Worth’s Metroplex.

Regardless, because of who is he and because of where his Creator is destined to take him, he was determined not to become a product of his environment that is famously known as the historic Oak Cliff district.

Not that Windom’s steadfast desire to prosper and excel, thus maximize his potential are knocks or attempts to belittle those who are still based in his native setting. But amongst the things about which Windom believes he was destined to do was devise ways to not just broaden his entrepreneurial horizon but, most importantly, he was empowered fervently to walk in his destiny in the process.

A TRUE PRO — Fifteen-plus years removed from having delved off into the popular real estate industry, it’s safe to assume that one of Oak Cliff’s finest — a longtime ordained minister — is effectively walking in his divine purpose — and not just by way of advancing the kingdom.

And so it came to pass that years after having attended Grambling State University courtesy of a band scholarship and on to Weatherford College, where he studied music education that Windom took a massive leap of faith by stepping into an industry that has only heighten his quest toward making his dreams realities.

An accomplish realtor for the past 15-plus years who thrives off of his compelling catchphrase, “Relationships And Real Estate Go Hand In Hand,” Windom has become a fixture in the ever-so-competitive real estate arena, most notably through Private Label Realty/EPIC Property Consultants, a credible real estate company whereby its mission is to find prospective home-buyers the right home at the right price, while providing extraordinary expertise, according to a detailed description of the company at www.privatelabelrealty.com.

In addition, the company for which Windom has been afforded the golden opportunity to put his immeasurable real estate talents on display has turned out some of the real estate industry’s top-producers, according to a spokesperson for the company.

Amongst the reasons is that according to the spokesperson, each and every one of the company’s agents is experienced in their market area and highly regarded for their quality service and professionalism.

WALKING IN HIS DESTINY — And so it came to pass that years after having attended Grambling State University courtesy of a band scholarship and on to Weatherford College to study music education that Windom took a massive leap of faith by stepping into an industry that has only heighten his quest to make his dreams realities.

A Private Label Realty group that is comprised largely of highly experienced agents based in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Plano, San Antonio, Scottsdale and Denver, Windom, to his distinctly unique credit, has been appropriately thrust amongst an elite gallery of arguably some of the finest real estate agents in the Southwest and heartland regions of the country.

For what it’s worth, he has his native Oak Cliff establishment to thank, particularly as it relates to providing him with the inspiration he needed to, you know, see from beyond where he was.

MORE ABOUT PRIVATE LABEL REALTY: http://www.privatelabelrealty.com/

“Growing up in a life of lack and poverty really inspired me to become a realtor,” Windom told Making Headline News this week. “I watched people who dreamt of having a nice home, dreamt of owning instead of renting. While growing up I had a love for music and being a musician, but it was something about the career of real estate that kept my interest.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Fifteen-plus years removed from having delved off into the popular real estate industry, it’s safe to assume that one of Oak Cliff’s finest — who happens to be a longtime ordained minister — is effectively walking in his divine purpose, and not just by way of advancing the kingdom and luring people to Christ.

“When I accepted my calling into the ministry in my early 20’s, I realized that the real estate business was a business that was very close to doing ministry,” Windom said. “This business allows me to serve people, to comfort them, to utilize my wisdom, knowledge and faith for their benefit.”

By and large, there is a feel good countenance, of sorts, that comes with aiding and witnessing clients fulfill their lofty goals and ambition, Windom acknowledged.

“It’s nothing like seeing a family get their keys to their new home, or a single mom get the keys to a new home for her and her kids,” he said. “Also I wanted to start a business that will allow me to have freedom in my schedule so that I can be free to spend time with my children freely, go to their schools and have lunch with them and attend their extra-curricular events freely.”

So far, so good for this well-established and credible real estate agent, who doesn’t shy away from the notion that amongst his primary objectives is to reach out to several of the area’s professional athletes and to persuade them to buy into the rich, notable concept of a businessman whom, given his remarkable track record, has proven time and again to get his clients just what they expect — the home of their dream.

“I have been in the real estate business through the ups and downs of our economy,” Windom, who specializes in the DFW and surrounding areas, said. “I have had the opportunity to counsel and advise many sports figures regarding the relationships and personal goals. Doing this also gave me the desire to serve them regarding their real estate needs. One of the challenges that many high-profile sports athletes have regarding doing business is trust. Sometimes, it is hard to trust people and their motives. This is why trust and respect are huge components in how I conduct business.”

Spoken like a true pro of a realtor.

 

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area realtor Efrem Windom of Private Label Realty/EPIC Property Consultants, call him at. 469-989-0196 Also, send email to: efremsells@gmail.com.

 

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Former pro athlete Spencer Conley diligently devising ways to bridge the gap between athlete-coaching relationships

KEEPING IT 100 — In what essentially was a forthright dialogue, former pro athlete Spencer Conley spoke intensely recently bout his displeasure with modern-day player-coach relationships, in large part because, according to him, coaches are held to a slew of restrictions when it comes to their job responsibilities.

Spencer Conley isn’t just widely known for delivering thought-provoking, gutchecking speeches to athletes from various walks of life.

More than anything, his reputation is such that he’s known for keeping it real, most notably when it comes to esteeming others and inspiring them to maximize their full potential.

Take, for instance, how Conley, a former professional athlete, spoke with such eloquence and authority and passion when, during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News, he shared some in-depth thoughts and viewpoints pertaining to a rather touchy, attention-grabbing subject — the sometimes dysfunctional relationships between student athletes and coaches.

MAKING MUCH NOISE — More than anything, Conley’s reputation is such that he’s known for keeping it real, most notably when it comes to esteeming others and inspiring them to maximize their full potential.

In what essentially was a forthright dialogue, Conley spoke intensely about his displeasure with modern-day player-coach relationships, in large part because, according to him, coaches are held to a slew of restrictions when it comes to their job responsibilities.

“Coaching are stuck with just tying themselves to the talent,” Conley said. “They’re not allowed to teach the kids to become great individuals.”

For what it’s worth, Conley acknowledged, such a detrimental, downward issue was non-existent during his days as a student athlete.

So how to explain the present-day change?

As Conley insinuated, student athletes must know their place and, most importantly, so does the parents of these athletes.

MAKING HIS PRESENCE FELT — A native of New Jersey who has spent the better portion of his life in Texas, Conley is widely known as an Inspirational Speaker and Life Professor and is the founder of chief executive officer of Too Driven.

“Parents allow coaches to coach, but they don’t want the discipline that go with it,” Conley explained.

Oddly enough, in some cases, race plays a role in the conflict involving parents and the coaches who are hired to motivate their children.

“There are some good white coaches out there who can’t say anything to the kids without being labeled a racist. “We’re not allowing authority figures to do their jobs. We reject them because we’re not being disciplined in the home.”

A native of New Jersey who has spent the better portion of his life in Texas, Conley is widely known as an Inspirational Speaker and Life Professor and is the founder of chief executive officer of Too Driven.

CAN WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? Interesting enough, when it comes to player-coach relationships, Conley said his primary focus is to continue to be a voice of reason, or to devise ways to help parents and coaches bridge the gap that unfortunately is proving unprofitable for the student athlete.

A notable, well-publicized career that has acquired a global presence, Conley is widely known as “Big Coach Con” and is a motivator who conveys a life-altering experience that always leaves the audience ready to believe and to better themselves, according to a spokesperson at www.toodriven.com.

Interesting enough, when it comes to player-coach relationships, Conley said his primary focus is to continue to be a voice of reason, or to devise ways to help parents and coaches bridge the gap that unfortunately is proving unprofitable for all parties involved.

When asked if he senses this ongoing downward trend is causing coaches to lose a generation, Conley quickly replied, “We’ve basically done that. The focus is to get on and save the next (generation). “Coaches have three phases: hired, fired, or retired. That’s anybody’s life. That’s a coaches life. Period. That’s the game, one of the three, and with those three, you need to walk in and walk out with those same standards.”

Said Justin Britt of the Seattle Seahawks: “Having Spencer involved in my corner brings me peace and clarity. I know we share the same vision of helping the youth learn and evolve for the greater good. We both know they are the future and all they need is a direction with leadership. Having him helps me evolve as a leader in my own way, the camps are pointless without the two of us. A program would only benefit and mostly by the attitudes changing with leadership amongst the group growing exponentially.”

In support of Conley’s argument, several athletes and coaches have expressed support of his direct approach to an ongoing issue countless individuals in the athletic realm are reluctant to address.

“Spencer Conley’s influence on our players and coaches has been an invaluable asset to our football program, said Trey Sissom of the Travis Tigers. “His energy and enthusiasm are unmatched and his desire to see our program reach new heights has made such a lasting impression on our players and coaches that its importance cannot be measured and his message of seizing opportunities in spite of your circumstances has resonated with every one of our athletes. Spencer shows genuine love for our kids.”

Said Lance Botkins of Pearland Independent School District: “Big Spence inspires, motivates, and teaches every student. His passionate real life talk helps students take action towards a their own goals and aspirations. He gives me chills every time I hear him speak. He is the best and most passionate speaker I’ve ever heard.”

“Spencer Conley’s influence on our players and coaches has been an invaluable asset to our football program, said Trey Sissom of the Travis Tigers. “His energy and enthusiasm are unmatched and his desire to see our program reach new heights has made such a lasting impression on our players and coaches that its importance cannot be measured and his message of seizing opportunities in spite of your circumstances has resonated with every one of our athletes. Spencer shows genuine love for our kids.”

Said Justin Britt of the Seattle Seahawks: “Having Spencer involved in my corner brings me peace and clarity. I know we share the same vision of helping the youth learn and evolve for the greater good. We both know they are the future and all they need is a direction with leadership. Having him helps me evolve as a leader in my own way, the camps are pointless without the two of us. A program would only benefit and mostly by the attitudes changing with leadership amongst the group growing exponentially.”

“Spencer Conley is a master motivator,” said Darin Earley, President/Founder of Bridge Builders Network. “He has a unique ability to speak to the core passions that move young people to action. Simultaneously, he has a unique style that is both refreshing and inspiring.”

And to Conley’s uniquely distinct credit, he deems it essential to often speak out about his sometimes unorthodox style of coaching.

“I coached for 10 high school, in college, and at the pro ranks before my gift overwhelmed me to move on,” Conley explained. “Coaching prepared me for what I do now in so many ways. First off, there are many different personalities on a staff that you must gain an understanding of not always agreeing but understanding and respect. Then there are those you coach from many different backgrounds and upbringings. Understanding that allows me to speak directly to the cause the root of a problem versus the effects of a problem. Coach-mentoring encouraging is the foundation of my life. There’s such a long list of coaches who influenced my life while I played for some and I coached with some.”

Moreover, no one merely has had to tell Conley what state his life would be in if not for those with whom he crossed paths through athletics, especially coaching.

“My inspiration in motivating (athletes) comes from that prospective,” Conley explained. “The most influential coach in my life was Joel Smith, who coached me at Robert G. Cole High School and molded me the best he could along with the men I shared a locker room with. I would be dead or in jail if all the white coaches who coached me had to think about their job or be considered a racist every time I needed to be pushed or corrected. I’m simply speaking truth. Even though I’m dyslexic, I was coached through it. My condition had nothing to do with integrity. I can be dyslexic. Being a punk… that’s a choice. Coaches should keep coaching and don’t allow parents, critics naysayers and couch quarterbacks to cause them to lose their passion. They ought to remember why they all got into coaching and should go out the same way. Coach Pete Gibbons Once told me, ‘Spencer, it was time to go when they don’t want to do it right.’ He understands the right way to coach is the only way. When leadership wants less than that because they are controlled by a few parent or the community, it’s time to go, before they lose the love and the kids pick up on it.”

SPEAKING OUT — When it comes to player-coach relationships, Conley said his primary focus is to continue to be a voice of reason, or to devise ways to help parents and coaches bridge the gap that unfortunately is proving unprofitable for the student athlete.

As for what Conley would like to see done about a crirical issue he and others feel has created a wedge between young athletes and coaches, he said all parties involved in the lives of the athlete must assume their rightful role.

“I would like to see coaches coach,” Conley said. “People who care should not be afraid to say, ‘That’s not good.’ All it is from what I see is people rejecting discipline.”

By all accounts, unyielding love and support for the athlete is what coaches are trying to demonstrate, Conley said.

“There are people who understand this message,” Conley said. “Then there are people who think they know what love is, but they don’t. There are tons of people who reject that type of love. It’s not tough love. It’s love. Love will tell you to pull your pants up. Love will tell you No, tell you to stop, sit down, pick it up. People who don’t love you will not tell you that. They will exclude you. Kids need that kind of love. They need to be challenged so they can maximize their potential.”

 

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