Being a part of this team is something very special. In just a few weeks I will be a proud alumnus. I have gone through four years of hard practices, great wins, and devastating defeats. But the one thing that I have learned over the four years is that nothing comes easy. Hard work, dedication, and commitment will be the keys to your success. Being a college athlete is a 24 hour, 7 days a week job. Not only are you representing your college on the field as a player, but you are representing yourself, your teammates, and your college off the field as well. As you arrive on campus in the fall you will be received by an instant family of teammates and coaches.

The one key piece of advice that I can leave you with is to come into the fall with great expectations. You chose this institution for one reason, and that is its winning attitude and rich tradition. Come into the fall in great condition because as you will soon find out you will be starting right away in the fall. It is not just about playing the game you love, strength and conditioning is a very important part of it. That aspect of the game will determine a large part of your season’s outcome. Enjoy your upcoming season and your trip throughout a completely new and exciting part of your life.

Your teammate

Throughout my career motivated individuals have surrounded me. This inspiration at times was tough to feel during the daily grind, and other times the real life energy was obvious. When our paths cross, I am proud to see that the athletes come up to me for a handshake or high five and the stories they remind me about put an instant smile on my face.

This new segment will showcase the letters that many have written, myself or the athletes and coaches that I have worked with; to share their inspiration with those we call “teammates.” As you read through the messages that are shared, please remember that what is inside you can separate you from the rest. Look around and you may be surprised how many others are in need of just a little enthusiasm to push them closer to their goals: professionally, physically, mentally, etc.

I will begin with a letter that I sent to a team that I am still very proud of to this day. No names needed. Just a sincere message that I hope can impact others to pay it forward by giving energy to those around them.

Please leave your feedback in the comments section at the bottom. How are you preparing your team, coaches, administrators, staff, co-workers, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers to have a positive mindset in both good and challenging times?